Dicaire won’t be the only Flyer making his debut in a new position. The game will also see a number of other players lacing up their skates for the first time for the team, including former Fort St. John Huskies forward Robbie Sidhu.
The games for Fort Nelson are part of a trial for the team trying to join the North Peace Hockey League next season. The team applied for full membership with the league in September, but the application was denied after a few teams had concerns about travel.
At the time the decision was made, Yeti President Ryan Carter said that he was optimistic minds would change following games against the team that would showcase what they have to offer the league.
“I think once teams experience it, and I’ve played in the league for five years, from my point of view, they seem to be underestimating player interest,” he explained in a previous interview. “That seems to be the roadblock at this point. I think guys enjoy road trips. Every hockey player in Canada grew up travelling for hockey tournaments, so I think once some teams have that experience and some of the plans that we’ve put in place to make it an enjoyable experience for players, I think that they’ll eventually see it is a good venue.”
Both games will be at North Peace Arena with the faceoff scheduled for 8:30 p.m.