Friday, June 15, 2007

Whalers announce 2007-2008 schedule

The Ontario Hockey League champion Plymouth Whalers will be raising the championship banner to the rafters of the Compuware Sports Arena in a ceremony planned for the Whalers’ home opener of the upcoming 2007-08 season on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 7:05 p.m. against the Erie Otters.

Last year, Plymouth won its second OHL title - to go with 10 division championships – in the team’s 17-year history.

Plymouth is holding ticket prices for 2007-08 at $14 for Center Ice seating and $10 for Executive Reserved.

The Whalers’ schedule features 48 games against teams within the Western Conference, with 28 of those games within the West Division (eight each against Saginaw and Windsor; six each against Sault Ste. Marie and Sarnia) and 20 against Midwest Division opponents. The remaining 20 games are against Eastern Conference teams.

Although the OHL did not expand for 2007-08, two Eastern Conference teams have shifted to other locations. The Mississauga IceDogs have moved to St.Catherines, Ontario, and are now known as the Niagara IceDogs. The Toronto St. Michael’s Majors have moved to Mississauga and are now known as the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors.

Saturday remains the primary home date for the Whalers, with 19 Saturdays nights leading the way. Plymouth plays eight home games on Fridays, three on Wednesdays, two on Mondays and one each on Thursday and Sunday afternoon.

Plymouth will play its annual Kid’s Day Holiday Matinee on Thurs. Dec. 27 at 2:00 p.m. against Saginaw and will ring in 2008 with a New Year’s Eve game hosting Kitchener at 4 p.m. on Tues. Dec. 31. The Whalers’ annual Green-Out Game will be played on Sat. Mar. 15 at 2:00 p.m. against Sarnia. Interstate rival Saginaw comes to the Compuware Sports Arena on Nov. 21, Dec. 27, Jan. 14 and Mar. 2, while the Whalers play at Saginaw’s Dow Event Center on Dec. 29, Jan. 9, Feb. 15 and Mar. 16.

Complete schedule HERE.

Pre-Season Schedule:
Sat. Sept. 1 at 4 p.m. - Windsor at Plymouth
Mon. Sept. 3 at 2 p.m. - Plymouth at Windsor
Fri. Sept. 7 at 7:35 p.m. - Plymouth at Sarnia
Sat. Sept. 8 at 7:05 p.m. - Sarnia at Plymouth
Fri. Sept. 14-15 - Four team tournament in Erie - details TBA

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