The Vancouver Giants hit the ice for practice on Thursday afternoon at the Langley Events Centre. The team is preparing for their Western Hockey League season opener on Sept. 23.

Giants ready for ‘fresh start’

Vancouver set to host first game at Langley Events Centre

It all starts now.

Game one of the Vancouver Giants 2016/17 season is less than 24 hours away.

And not only is the major junior hockey team starting a new season, but they are also in a new venue with a new general manager and new coach.

“They are pretty excited for a fresh start in an environment we think is going to be loud and noisy and I think the kids will feed off that for sure,” said coach Jason McKee.

McKee had just put his team through a practice on the ice at the Langley Events Centre on Thursday afternoon, the team’s final preparation ahead of their Western Hockey League season opener on Friday night (Sept. 23) against the Everett Silvertips.

The game, which begins at 7:30 p.m. with a special ceremony to honour the late Gordie Howe, is officially a sellout.

The two teams will complete the home-and-home series the following night in Everett.

“They are ready to play for real and we are excited for the opportunity on Friday,” McKee said.

This game is a chance for the Giants to begin on a positive note as they look to qualify for the post-season after missing in 2015/16.

“The biggest thing is with each new year you get a chance to redefine what you want to be as a team, as a player,” McKee said

“This is really your first chance to start that process.”

The Giants will be without six regulars — including leading goal-scorer Ty Ronning and captain Tyler Benson —as they are at training camps with their respective NHL teams.

Just Posted

Second annual Delta Pride Picnic to highlight LGBTQ+ inclusion

This year’s event is slated for Saturday, Aug. 31 at Memorial Park in Ladner

Securing Olympic spot the latest test for Canadian softball squad at Surrey tournament

Softball hasn’t been included in the Games since 2008 when Canada finished fourth in Beijing

UPDATE: Two men injured in north Surrey shooting

Police say the incident was targeted, may be linked to drug activity

City Dream Centres hands out 1,000 backpacks at back to school event in Surrey

This is the fifth year the charity is hosting the event in the city

VIDEO: B.C. woman meets biological mother, 38 years later

Mother never gave up hope of finding daughter, despite all the obstacles

B.C. Lions fall to 1-9 after 13-10 loss to Ticats

Lowly Leos have dropped six straight CFL contests

VIDEO: B.C. woman meets biological mother, 38 years later

Mother never gave up hope of finding daughter, despite all the obstacles

B.C. man who died after rescuing swimmer was known for helping others

Shaun Nugent described as a dad, a coach, a hero and ‘stand-up guy’ at celebration of life

B.C. RCMP plane chases fleeing helicopter as part of major cross-border drug bust

The helicopter eventually landed at a rural property near Chilliwack

Border crossings across Lower Mainland seeing lengthy delays

Sumas, Peace Arch and Surrey-Blaine border crossings seeing long wait times

Thousands cycle to conquer cancer

The 11th annual Ride to Conquer Cancer took place Saturday morning, Aug. 24 in Surrey, B.C.

PHOTOS: Brazil military begins operations to fight Amazon fires

Amazon fires have become a global issue, escalating tensions between Brazil and European countries

Racist confrontation in Richmond parking lot caught on camera

Woman can be heard yelling racial slurs, swear words at woman in apparent parking dispute

Most Read