Qtown ice team plans ace season
The first game of the national championship will be the ‘‘measuring stick’’ for Queenstown’s Stampede, as the team aims to defend its title.
The two-time defending national champion team has new international players on board, ready to tackle the season.
Skycity Stampede coach Adam Blanchette said the bar was raised high this year.
‘‘From my point it’s one of the biggest challenges - keeping the guys hungry.’’
‘‘Every year we set the goal of winning the championship,’’ he said.
The focus now was to win the first match on Friday before aiming to ‘‘win them all’’, Blanchette said.
New Zealand Ice Hockey League’s season was short this season with only five teams participating and four games against each team.
The first game of the season will be against nemesis the Canterbury Red Devils on Friday and Saturday.
‘‘They are quite a strong team. It’s going to be a stiff competition and a good measuring stick for where we are standing,’’ he said.
This season Stampede had two Canadians and a Finn import and Blanchette said the team was meshed well.
Team coordinator Ross Burns agreed.
‘‘The squad is looking quite tidy,’’ he said.
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