Smiths Falls Settlers open CPJHL season Saturday night

by Michelle Morris

The new Smiths Falls Settlers hockey team will hit the ice at the community centre Saturday night for their CPJHL home opener.

The Settlers will meet the Maniwaki Mustangs. The team is coached by Frank Morris.

The players are now settled into the dorms at the Gallipeau Centre, Barry DeGray, team owner/president told the Record News Tuesday, Sept. 19. “They’re loving the centre and the town of Smiths Falls. But admittedly, they’ve got some nerves coming into their home opener.”

DeGray said the young men are excited to play at the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre and are “quite impressed” with the arena and its size and the atmosphere.

“Some of these kids are coming from Nunavut, some from Quebec, others from the States and we have two from Smiths Falls,” he said. One of those Smiths Falls natives is DeGray’s son, Riley. The other local lad is Taylor Lemay.

“We have eight to 10 kids in school, too,” he said. “Eight of them are full time students and two others are taking one or two courses.”

Overall, DeGray said the team has been coming together nicely and will be ready for their opener Saturday night.

The cost of admission is $5 per person.

“We’re encouraging public school kids to wear a sports jersey, coat or hoody, and they will get in for free,” he said.

That’s any type of sports attire – a Toronto Blue Jays T-shirt, or a Smiths Falls Cubs jersey – and they’ll get in free as long as they’re with a parent or guardian.

“It’s going to be a family-friendly atmosphere and we want to encourage people to come out. I think they’ll be surprised by the talent on the team,” DeGray said. “We’ll be having some fun things happening throughout the season, which includes 18 home games. And if you purchase your season pass at the gates on Friday, you’ll get $10 off … so for $80 you can come to all the home games.”

There will also be an opportunity to win a $250 shoot-out prize, or potentially a shooter could win a new car.

“We’ll be having 50/50 draws, music, lots of fun for everyone,” he said.

Monday, the Settlers are home to the Coldwater Ice Wolves at 8 p.m.

For marketing opportunities, or to learn more about the organization, please email the general manager, Jeff Lemay at gm@smithsfallssettlers.com

by Laurie Weir

Laurie Weir is a news editor at Metroland Media, including The Perth Courier, Smiths Falls Record News and regionally for The Carleton Place Almonte Canadian Gazette and the Kemptville Advance. Follow her on Twitter @InOttValley or find her on Facebook at any of the publications listed.

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