The Central Interior Hockey League released the schedule for its upcoming regular season recently with the Williams Lake Stampeders slated largely for an early-season homestand.
The Stampeders will begin their 18-game season on the road against the Lac La Hache Tomahawks on Oct. 6, then return home for seven consecutive games at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.
Williams Lake is scheduled to play their regular season home opener against perennial championship contenders, the Kitimat Ice Demons, on Oct. 13 at the CMRC at 7:30 p.m.
The following day, Oct. 14, Williams Lake hosts the Prince Rupert Rampage.
Following home tilts with the Quesnel Kangaroos Oct. 20, the Omineca Ice Oct. 26, the Smithers Steelehads Oct. 27, the Kangaroos Nov. 10 and the Tomahawks Nov. 16, the Stampeders hit the road to take on the Rampage Nov. 24 in their first away game before playing the remainder of the season, largely, on the road.
Williams Lake plays their last regular season game against the Kangaroos in Quesnel at the Twin Ice Arenas on Jan. 12.
The CIHL playoffs will be to follow with eight of the league’s nine teams qualifying.
The Stampeders are currently in the midst of a month-long tryout process Tuesday and Thursday nights from 9:15 to 10:15 p.m. at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex. Interested players are asked to attend.
A $50 tryout fee is required to play, and covers the cost of all of the ice sessions.
Williams Lake has won the CIHL regular season title two of the last three years and were crowned the Coy Cup provincial senior men’s hockey champions in 2009.
For updates and information on the Stampeders hockey club visit www.wlstampeders.com.