The Morrisburg Junior B Lions are excited to announce the change of their historical Friday night 8:30 p.m. home games to Saturday nights at 7:30 and the change gets rolling this weekend.
The Lions will open their 2013-14 season in Alexandria, this Friday night, September 13, and will be on their home ice this Saturday night, September 14, against the Winchester Hawks. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
We are really excited about the Saturday night home games, says general manager Kevin Casselman. “We are hoping to put a lot more people in the rink, and we think this night and earlier time slot will attract more children and families.”
“First and foremost, we want to get more children out and the 8:30 p.m. Friday night time slot was just too late. We are hoping that by getting more kids out to see our games, the spin off will be to get more youth involved in hockey.”
Casselman says the move will also be beneficial the players who are attending university/college with scheduled Friday night classes. “It was just becoming more and more difficult with so many players and their conflicting Friday night school schedules.”
According to Casselman, this year’s Lions schedule will include 10 Saturday night home games and nine Sunday afternoon home games.
“Throughout the upcoming season, we have only four Friday night games, so all of the teams are on the same page. Even Winchester has moved some of their Friday night games.”
Set up as a one year trial, the change called for the cooperation of the South Dundas Minor Hockey Association who had the Saturday night time slot.
“Apparently, they have had trouble getting their midgets out for home games on Saturday nights, as many are working. So it’s a win-win situation for everyone.”
Casselman also suspects the Friday night time slot also wasn’t an attractive time for some older Lions’ fans.
“I know myself that when you get home from work on Friday night, have dinner and hit the couch, it is tough to get up and get going again for an 8:30 p.m. hockey game.”
“We are really hoping that this change will accommodate more fans of all ages, and we are looking forward to seeing some new faces in the arena.”
For the home opener, this Saturday night, the Lions will be hosting their longtime Winchester Hawks rivals. The teams will be on the ice at 7 p.m. and game time is 7:30 p.m. In addition to the much anticipated hockey action, the Clarkson University pep band will be in attendance. “There will be lots of noise and lots of excitement and action for everyone,” says Casselman.
Immediately following the game, fans are invited to join the Lions, their parents and team management at the Morrisburg Golf Club, for player introductions.