UNITY — The Sask. West Hockey League has held their fall meeting and have confirmed eight teams will hit the ice with the season set to start Oct. 28.
Biggar Nationals, Edam 3-Stars, Hafford Hawks, Kerrobert Tigers, Macklin Mohawks, Unity Miners and Wilkie Outlaws will once again compete in the SWHL senior men’s hockey league. Macklin Mohawks are the reigning SWHL champions winning the title for the 2021-22 season.
SWHL president Joe Cey says, “Luseland had taken a one-year leave of absence last year and have since, unfortunately, folded.”
Cey says the league executive is unchanged from last year and can be found on the league’s website, along with other details at Sask West Hockey League - (Design, Hosting, Online Registration & Administration tools by esportsdesk.com)
After last year’s league final, Cey said, “The SWHL is looking healthy. As we come out of COVID-19 challenges, local sports (have) become so important for social and entertainment needs.”
Senior hockey clubs have been hosting fundraising events to help pay the expenses that come with operating a senior team in a four- to five-month season.
The Miners had put a call out for more community members to join the hockey clubs at the end of last season to serve as volunteers and executive. Longtime Miners executive member, Brian Woytiuk, has confirmed after their fundraising golf event Sept. 10, that there will be a team and some new people have stepped forward, although more bodies are always beneficial to complete all the tasks in the toolbox of operating a senior hockey club.
The Wilkie Outlaws, in their efforts to give back to the community while staying engaged with their fans, are once again hosting a three-day hockey camp for kids Oct. 14 to 16. They are also hosting comedian, Kelly Taylor, Oct. 15 to assist with upcoming season’s expenses.
The Kerrobert Tigers, in conjunction with town of Kerrobert’s Harvest Festival, will hold a pre-season game against the Kindersley Klippers followed by a comedy show also featuring Kelly Taylor with proceeds to help with upcoming season expenses.
Each team also has a Facebook page that carries all the team’s news and updates on their season for fans to follow.