WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) – For the first time in a year and a half, the Watertown Wolves will be back on the ice in October after being out of the Federal Prospects Hockey League last season due to COVID concerns.
The 2021/22 season should be an exciting one for Wolves fans both on and off the ice.
The league released their 2021-22 schedule last week, and the Wolves will open their season as Binghamton hosts for two competitions on Friday 29 October and Saturday 30 October, closing the regular season with a home game against Danbury on April 15 from.
All part of a regular season with 59 games that Wolves owner Andreas Johansson is looking forward to.
“I think it’s a great schedule for Watertown. We’re looking forward to lots of games around Christmas time and lots of great Fridays and Saturdays and also some Sundays after football, which are traditionally a very popular night, ”said Johansson.
The league will consist of 7 teams this year, with the Elmira Enforcers being suspended this season due to problems with their home arena.
A traditional rival to the Wolves for the past few seasons, Johansson says losing the Enforcers is a hit for the league for a number of reasons.
“I mean, of course it’s a real shame we lost them for several reasons. If you play with 8 teams, the schedule is of course infinitely better because the teams don’t sit out a whole weekend. For this reason alone, it was a shame. Also, we had a pretty good rivalry I think when we came up with them after what happened last year. I think it would have been great games, ”said Johansson.
As for the roster, the Wolves have added 3 Elmira players to the Disputation Draft, and Johansson says Wolves fans can expect to see most of the players from last year’s roster back in Watertown this season, along with a few more bits.
“We’re losing 3 guys who will be returning to Delaware. Basey and Bryce Litke and Jacob Boll. All 3 were Delaware players that we acquired from them. Obviously, Ryan Marker wanted to play closer to home, he’s also playing in Delaware this season. Otherwise, most of the players come back. I’m sure there will be some changes, a couple of guys. Cody Porter, who was our goalkeeper last year, is now playing professionally in Finland’s top division, ”said Johansson.
And with just over 2 months to go, Johansson says, the front office continues to work hard off the ice to prepare for the fans at the games and some new sponsors joining the teams for the 2021-22 season.
“We are definitely ready. I think it’s wonderful to see Clarkie and BoJo you know they work out there every day meeting sponsors and the community is just so excited and we have some great new corporate partners joining for the season too. You may see what’s coming. We’re trying to be more visible in the community than the team may have been in the past, ”said Johansson.
For Johansson, he hopes this will be an unforgettable season for the wolves on and off the ice.
The St. Lawrence Football Team held their annual red and white intra-squad scrimmage under the lights of Leckonby Stadium on Saturday night.
For the Saints, it will be the first time since November 2019 that players will see live action in a game type setting.
The team has been training for a little over a week and it was an incredible feeling for the players to get back on the field.
“Oh, I can’t even tell you how it feels. The boys are all so excited to just be around each other in the locker room again. I think the hardest part was just being apart from people you spent almost 365 days a year with. We’re all so excited to be back in the locker room and back together, ”said quarterback Tyler Grochot.
We’ll hear more of the Saints on Sunday night when we talk to Grochot, Caleb Null, and Coach Dan Puckhaber about expectations for the Saints in 2021.
The Victory CFC 32 Full Contact MMA action took place at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds Arena on Saturday night when Escape from Quarantine was taking place.
A total of 14 fights took place in all weight classes.
Local MMA fighters were on duty alongside some of the best from the Northeast.
A good crowd was there for the first MMA campaign in the region since the COVID-19 impact in March 2020.
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