Friday, June 19, 2009

Schedule released for Jets' 21st season

The 21st season of Metro Jets hockey will commence with five of the first seven games away from Lakeland Arena, home to the Jets for the last 20 years.

Metro kicks off their schedule with a two-game set against St. Louis at home on Sept. 12-13. After the next five on the road, the Jets have a season-long seven-game homestand from Oct. 10-Oct. 31 when they host Peoria (for two), Grand Rapids (Oct. 14 in Dimondale), Dubuque, Flint, Motor City and Queen City.

The Central States Hockey League schedule, released this week, has a new face this year as the Pittsburgh Jr. Penguins have joined the fray. Pittsburgh hosts Metro Sept. 26-27 and then travels to Waterford to close out the regular season March 6-7.

The annual CSHL Showcase runs from Dec. 18-21 and this year will be held in Quad City at the Quad City Sports Center. Metro will face Toledo and Chicago twice each at the event, which was held last year in suburban Flint.

The most popular home date for the Jets continues to be Saturday night, with 11 of their 22 home games at home going at either 7:40 p.m. or 7:50 p.m. Nine games are on Sunday afternoon with a 1:20 p.m. start and the remaining two are weekday games (Weds. Oct. 14 vs. Grand Rapids at 7:30 p.m. at the Summit at the Capital Centre in Dimondale, just outside of Lansing, and Fri. Feb. 19 vs. Dubuque at 8:10 p.m. at Lakeland).

Metro continues to forge in-state rivalries with Flint, Grand Rapids and Motor City and this year will play each team four times.

"After the success of our recent mini-camp, we are looking forward to being much more competitive in the upcoming season,” Metro GM Butch Wolfe said. “If other teams are having the fortune we are getting their draft picks into camp, I look for a great year for the CSHL."

Full schedule HERE.

Photo by Walt Dmoch

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