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For the first time in a number of seasons the Fort St. John Huskies will be lacing up the skates in two exhibition games prior to the start of the NWJHL season. The Huskies will square off with the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks in a home and home series September 18 and 19.

The Dawson Creek home game will be played in Chetwynd, as will their half of their schedule, and the rematch the following day will be at the North Peace Arena.

Club general manager Jeremy Clothier said it was noticeable last year how slow the Huskies started, so the team is going to change things up in hopes of a better start.

“It’s a home and home just to get everybody’s legs going. It’s the first time we’ve played exhibition in about five years so we’re trying something a little different.”

Compounding matters last year was nearly a three week wait after their season opener after the Slave Lake Wolves were unable to put a team forward, and the league schedule was unable to be changed.

“We’re at the point now where we feel we’ve come out of the gates a little slower,” Clothier admitted. “We really noticed last year after Slave Lake had backed out we had games booked with them earlier in the year and then we sat for two, two and a half weeks without any games while the rest of the league was still going.”

The Huskies will open the regular season on October 4 in Beaverlodge, before returning to Fort St. John for their home opener on October 9 against Sexsmith.

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