Peninsula hockey fans will have the opportunity later this month to watch two teams they would not normally get the chance to see – not this close to home, anyway.
On Sunday, Sept. 25, the Abbotsford Heat – American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Calgary Flames – will face off against the UBC Thunderbirds in an exhibition game at South Surrey Arena.
The contest is hosted by the Surrey Eagles, whose own BC Hockey League season kicks off that same weekend.
Following the game, members of Semiahmoo Minor Hockey Association will get to take part in a 30-minute skate with both UBC and Abby Heat players, and also meet players and coaches off the ice.
Tickets are available in two forms; a single-game ticket is $7, but for $20, ticket-buyers will get a ticket to not only the exhibition affair, but also the Eagles’ home opener two days earlier, Friday, Sept. 23 against the Langley Rivermen.
For tickets and information, call 604-531-4625 or go to the Eagles’ box office at South Surrey Arena (2199 148 St.)
Proceeds from the Heat-Thunderbirds game will benefit Semiahmoo Minor Hockey Association.
UBC’s roster for the coming season includes former Surrey Eagles captain Ilan Cumberbirch, who played in Surrey from 2007-09.
The Eagles capped off their pres-season schedule Friday at South Surrey Arena, with a 2-1 win over the Langley Rivermen.
Surrey got goals from first-year forward Sean McGovern – who was signed in the off-season – and defenceman Linden Saip.
The team made its final roster cuts after practice Monday afternoon, in advance of Friday’s season opener.