Panthers men's hockey team hitting road for three home games

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The UPEI Panthers men’s hockey team will play three of its 14 home games away from MacLauchlan Arena during the 2014-15 Atlantic University Sport (AUS) season.

It begins with its Oct. 11 home opener at the Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown. The Panthers also play a game in Kings and Prince counties, with those details to be announced at a later date.

“We are pleased with the co-operation of coach (Forbes) MacPherson, and the CARI Centre, to be sharing the Panthers across Prince Edward Island in regular season play,” said UPEI athletic and recreation director Bill Schurman. “With our home opener scheduled on the Thanksgiving weekend, it provides the opportunity to move to a larger venue like the Eastlink Centre.”

The Panthers will host UNB Varsity Reds in their first home game.

“Our goal is to attract 3,000 fans to experience one of the best rivalries in AUS hockey,” Schurman said. “The Kings and Prince county games will allow the Panthers to support local charities and community causes which will be announced in the very near future.”

MacPherson said he is excited about the upcoming season.

“We have a strong nucleus, highlighted by returning all-stars, defencemen Reggie Traccitto and forward Chris Desousa,” he said. “We have had a great recruiting season bolstered by two QMJHL stars and homegrown talent in Darcy Ashley and Brent Andrews. We promise to have a fast, aggressive, in-your-face team who are determined to reach the (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) championship.”

Panther season ticket packages are on sale. Season ticket packages include all 12 games played in Charlottetown. Season ticket holders will be provided with the option to purchase the Kings and Prince county single game tickets prior to public sale.

Organizations: Panthers, Atlantic University Sport, Eastlink Centre CARI Centre

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

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