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Buccaneers swashbuckle into pre-season

Nanaimo Buccaneers coach Brad Knight, middle, goes over a practice drill at the junior B hockey team’s training camp earlier this month at the Nanaimo Ice Centre. - GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin
Nanaimo Buccaneers coach Brad Knight, middle, goes over a practice drill at the junior B hockey team’s training camp earlier this month at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.
— image credit: GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

Sports fans can get their first look at Nanaimo’s newest team.

The Nanaimo Buccaneers junior B hockey team takes to the ice Friday (Aug. 31) to play its first pre-season game against the Oceanside Generals at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.

“We’re pretty excited,” said Brenda Levesque, an owner of the Buccaneers. “We’ve got such a young team and a lot of kids that haven’t played junior B before, so this is a good test for them to get out there and actually play against their peers.”

It’s a bonus that the Bucs get to take on the Generals, who are a projected rival in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League’s North Island Division.

“It’ll be a huge amount of fun because there’s a lot of Nanaimo players on the Oceanside team and there’s a few Oceanside players on the Nanaimo team,” Levesque said. “So that always makes it interesting.”

GAME ON … The teams face off Friday at 7 p.m. at the NIC. Nanaimo then hosts the Victoria Cougars on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the NIC. Admission is $2 to exhibition games … The season opener is Sept. 6 when the Comox Valley Glacier Kings visit the NIC for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff. Tickets to regular-season games will be $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and $5 for kids … For season ticket information, please click here … To read an article on Buccaneers' training camp, please click here.

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