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Blizzard training camp kicks off

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick — Thirty-two hockey players reported to head coach Emery Olauson on Friday, Oct. 9, for the fourth Edmundston Blizzard  training camp. 

The long wait caused by the constraints of COVID-19 is now over and players will  have three weeks to prepare well before the start of the season announced by the  Maritime Hockey League on Friday, Oct. 30.

“I can feel a lot of excitement in the air,” said Blizzard President André Lebel. Hockey  fans in the region can’t wait for junior A hockey to return. Because of the late start to  the season, we decided to open the camp three weeks before. There was no point in  having the players here until October 9, given all of the COVID-19 restrictions. Our  players have been well rested with their loved ones and they will be ready when  they get here tomorrow. ” 

Of the 32 players present, 14 wore the Blizzard uniform last year: goalkeepers  Antoine Lyonnais and Marc-Antoine Bérubé-Jalbert, defenseman Jérémie Thibodeau  and forwards Isaac Chapman, Jonathan Desrosiers, Jérémy Duguay, Dylan Lang,  Félix Laniel, Paul Leroux, Ben Lightbody, Mitch McLeod, Josh Nadeau, Félix Rioux  and Tristan Sanchez. 

During the offseason, the Blizzard acquired key players who will once again see the  team aspire to top honors. We just have to think of Samuel Grégoire, Zachary  Cadorette, Vincent Bujold, Kevin Desjardins, Dawson Breau and Brendan Sibley. In  addition, drafted players from the region and elsewhere as well as invitees will try  to surprise the coaching staff. 

Public access to the training camp at the Jean-Daigle center will be prohibited.  Journalists must notify the communications manager of their presence. 

Exhibition games 

The Blizzard preseason schedule will consist of 4 games: Friday, Oct. 16, in  Grand Falls (7:30 p.m.), Sunday, Oct. 18, in Edmundston vs Grand Falls (3 p.m.),  Friday, Oct. 23, in Campbellton (7 p.m.) and Sunday, Oct. 25, in Edmundston  against Campbellton (3 p.m.). 

The first games of the regular season will begin on Oct. 30. The MHL has not yet  announced the official schedule which will be published shortly on its website  www.themhl.ca. Blizzard’s schedule will be announced as soon as it is known. 

In accordance with New Brunswick Public Health guidelines, all spectators must  wear a properly fitted mask above the nostrils and under the chin. The mask cannot  be removed when people are in the amphitheater. The food service (canteen) will be  closed. People will not be able to bring food or drink. Spectators will be allowed to  go to the bathroom during the game. 

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