Countdown to First Home Game is on – Hornets Jr. A Hockey is Here! 🚨

by Andrew Heliotis

Hockey fans in Cold Lake will want to mark October 12 on the calendar, as the Hornets take flight at home for the first time in franchise history.

At 7:30 pm the city rival Meadow Lake Mustangs and Hornets are scheduled to go toe-to-toe at the Energy Centre to kick-off this season's Western States Hockey League action in the Lakeland.

“After having recently relocated to the city I have seen the passion for hockey first-hand. I truly feel Cold Lake deserves a skilled and hard-working Jr. A team. The WSHL Hornets are that team,” says GM and Head Coach Steve Thompson.

Stay tuned to the Hornet's website and Facebook for some exciting announcements and player reveals, as well as ticket info, contests, and more leading up to our exhibition games, which begin October 1.

**Coming up soon: Don't miss the team jersey unveiling! **

2019-2020 marks the 26th season of Jr. A hockey for the WSHL, with 23 teams in 9 states and 2 provinces.

Already signed and joining the Hornets in a leadership role is league veteran and speedy winger Riley Smith.

Smith will be familiar to fans as he played 18 games in Cold Lake last season and averaged a point per game.

“I chose to play for the Hornets because the organization has a great coach and awesome community support. I believe the WSHL can advance players to the next level whether that’s college or pro hockey,”  says Smith.

Along with Cold Lake and Barrhead, rounding out the Provinces Division of the WSHL are the Edson Aeros, Hinton Timberwolves and Meadow Lake Mustangs.

Regular season starts on the road for the Hornets on October 6, when the team travels to Barrhead for the Bombers home opener.