The five-team Island Junior Hockey League gets its 2013-14 season underway tonight in Charlottetown.
The Montague Total Assets Fitness Maniacs visit the Sherwood A&S Scrap Metal Falcons at the Simmons Sport Centre. The game was re-located due to a scheduling conflict at the Cody Banks Arena. Game time is 8 p.m.
The Maniacs were hot offensively in the pre-season, including a 10-3 win over the Falcons on Sept. 23.
The Falcons return most of their big guns from last season, including scoring leader Craig Dougan, as well as Brady Cook, Matt McQuaid and Josh Kirkpatrick.
Friday, the Maniacs will host the Holland College Hurricanes. Game time is 7:30 p.m. at the Cavendish Farms Wellness Centre.
The Hurricanes will rely on newcomer Jonathan Boutin in goal to carry most of the load this season.
Boutin, a native of Dartmouth, N.S., and a first-year firefighting student, has had experience in the Maritime Junior Hockey League, as well as in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey as a member of the former P.E.I. Rocket.
Defensively, the Hurricanes will see returning defencemen Curtis Hall, Eric Locke and Will Connolly, as well as rookies Logan Welsh, Peter Giggie and Branson Groom in the lineup.
Forwards Blake Ozon and Jonny Richards return to lead the team up front. Rookies Alex Seyforth and Nick MacDonald look to add an impact right away.
Saturday, the Arsenault’s Fish Mart Red Wings open their season against the Hurricanes. Game time is 8:15 p.m. at Simmons Sport Centre.
The Red Wings lost some key players to graduation but have league scoring champion Jeremy Balderston back again and will be led again in goal by Chris Gallant.
The first week wraps Sunday when the Kensington Moase Plumbing and Heating Vipers, defending league and Don Johnson Memorial Cup champions, host the Falcons, at 7 p.m., in Kensington.
The Vipers will once again be a favourite to win it all with several key players returning and a mix of good new players.
The 32-game regular season concludes Feb. 21.
The league champion will represent P.E.I. at the 2014 Don Johnson Memorial Cup tournament in Port Hawkesbury, N.S.