Steam hockey season to begin

The Summerland Steam will be on the ice on Aug. 30 in their first game of the season.

The Summerland Steam will be on the ice on Aug. 30 in their first game of the season.

The game, against the Kelowna Chiefs, begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Summerland Arena.

Gregg Wilson, general manager of the team, said he is optimistic about the year ahead for the team.

The team’s hockey camp, held this week, drew 34 players vying for spots on the team. The majority of players on the team will come from Summerland and Penticton.

Tim Keilty, president of the hockey club, said the team’s mission is to feature as many players as possible.

Wilson said the local element of the team will help minor hockey in the community.

“We’re trying to give the kids in minor hockey something to look up to, something to strive for,” he said.

As the team begins its second season, Wilson said the team will perform well.

“We have so many returning players,” he said. “Our expectations are very high.”

He added that the team improved throughout the season last year and finished with many close games.

In addition to the regularly scheduled games, two events are planned for September. On Sept. 8 from 1 to 3 p.m., the Steam players will participate in a family skate at the Summerland Arena. Admission is by donation to the food bank. On Sept. 9, the Steam will host a mini-tournament with teams from Osoyoos, Penticton and Kelowna attending. The games will run from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

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