As the calendar gets ready to flip to September, hockey season is just around the corner and the Federal Hockey League has finalized its 2017-18 schedule, which needed tweaking after Danbury unexpected folded during the summer.
Each of the FHL’s six teams will play a 56-game regular season schedule, with the season set to start in 58 days on October 27 when the defending champion Danville Dashers host the expansion Carolina Thunderbirds.
Other notable dates include November 3 and Carolina’s home opener in Winston-Salem, as well as the newly located North Shore Knights home opener in Kingsville on Nov. 17. The Knights will also play eight neutral site games as the home team in Gravenhurst, Ontario; South River, Ontario; and Témiscaming, Quebec.
For the full schedule, click here.
Dashers, Prowlers, and Thunderbirds to hold free agent camp in Toledo, Ohio
Those who think they have a chance at playing pro hockey, or who just want to watch some pre-season hockey, can head to the Team Toledo Ice House from September 15 through 17 as three FHL teams will host a free agent camp.
Players who register will be guaranteed at least four games over the three days to try to impress scouts in attendance.
The schedule for the weekend is as follows:
Friday, Sept. 15
Game 1: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Game 2: 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Saturday, Sept. 16
Game 3: 8 AM- 10 AM
Game 4: 10 AM – 12 PM
Player Interviews between games
Game 5: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Game 6: 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Sunday, Sept. 17
Game 7: 8 AM – 10 AM
Game 8: 10 AM – 12 NOON
Those interested in trying out can fill out a form here.
Nationals ink Quebec defenseman
The Cornwall Nationals continued their busy off-season with the signing of their 12th player for the 2017-18 season, defenseman Andrew Meredith.
Meredith spent his first season as a pro playing 14 games across Quebec with the Laval Predateurs and the third-tier of German hockey, Oberliga, where he recorded four assists in nine games.
Meredith also spent four years playing junior hockey between the QMJHL and MHL, notching a career-high 51 points in 46 games for the Dieppe Commandos of the MHL in 2014-15.
Watertown Wolves ink F John Scully
The Wolves have added their sixth player of the off-season in veteran forward John Scully, who was originally taken 7th overall by Carolina in the dispersal draft earlier this month.
Scully has three seasons of FHL play under his belt, and in 43 games between Danbury and Port Huron last season, he netted 32 points, including 17 goals. He is one season removed from scoring 58 points in 55 games with Brewster of the FHL.
Over his FHL career he has amassed 123 points (59 goals) in 138 games.