OKC Jr. Blazers announce preseason Canadian road trip

Days after finding out their regular season schedule, the Oklahoma City Jr. Blazers announced their preseason schedule that will see them embark on a road trip to Canada. The trip for the Blazers will see them play seven games against six different teams from three different junior leagues.

Up first, the Blazers head to Weyburn, Saskatchewan to take on the Weyburn Red Wings on September 7th. The Red Wings are part of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, a Junior A league one step below the three major junior leagues in Canada. Weyburn is also the longest-running team in the SJHL, having been a part of the league since 1968. The Blazers then head to Kindersley, Saskatchewan to take on the Kindersley Klippers, also of the SJHL, on September 9th.

The Blazers will take on their first team from the North American Hockey League, when they take on the Minot Minotauros in a neutral site game in Estevan, Saskatchewan on September 11th. The NAHL is the Tier II junior league under the USA Hockey banner, while the WSHL is a Tier II junior League under the United Hockey Union, marking the first meeting of teams when both are considered Tier II.

A homecoming occurs when the Blazers take on the Estevan Bruins on September 12th and 13th, as head coach Tyler Fleck and assistant coach Marco Cefalo return to coach against the team they grew up playing junior hockey for. Fleck was quoted as saying, “Estevan is home for me. I played my entire Junior career with the Bruins and it was a very special time of my life. I guess it will be a bit of a homecoming for myself and for Marco (Cefalo). We are looking forward to being back there and on the bench.” Fleck and Cefalo were both members of the Bruins when they last won a championship in 1998-99.

The Blazers finish up the road trip on September 15th as they head to Virden, Manitoba to take on the Virden Oil Capitals of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. The team returns home on the 17th and look towards their second season in the WSHL.