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VIDEO: Prince Rupert Rampage look ahead to 2013/2014 CIHL season
The ice is in, the skates are sharp and the Prince Rupert Rampage are busy getting ready for the 2013/2014 CIHL season.
The Rampage spent last week in the arena with Lou Lamire Hockey School in preparation for the not only the season, but the 2013 Northern Challenge Cup that will take place in Prince Rupert from Sept. 20-22.
“Lou Lamire has done a really good job with this camp, everybody is getting in shape and it’s just the start of the season so it’s going good,” said returning team captain Jared Meers, noting what a difference it is to have the ice in the arena before the fall season.
“We didn’t have the ice for the first part of the season last year and that made not too many people show up. This year, that is a little bit better.”
The season kicks off against the Quesnel Kangaroos on Oct. 5, and Meers said the team is looking to improve over last year when the Rampage finished last in the league with 10 points and a 4-12-2 record.
“The focus for this season is to try and get more wins and get out there and get more team chemistry than last year,” he said, noting there will be plenty of action on the ice for fans to enjoy.
“There are going to be a lot of tough games against Kitimat, Terrace and Smithers, but we’ve got a good team this year too. We have a lot of veterans, a lot of young guys and everyone is growing up as a team so it should be a good year.”
The last time the Rampage hosted the Northern Challenge Cup — a preseason tournament that pits the Rampage against the Kitimat Ice Demons, the Terrace River Kings and the Smithers Steelheads in pre-season games — they took the tournament title.
“It should be some good preseason action here in Prince Rupert,” said Meers.