Dave Powell of the league says they are hoping to get a junior tier 3 team, aged 17-21 year old players.
“It’s something we’ve strived from the beginning to get, with how the sport evolved that’s where its gone,” says Powell, saying a lack of eligible players kept the idea away until now.
“We’re 80 per cent sure we’ll have it here next year. We’ll be trying to promote the sport. It’s definitely a different game than midget.”
He says there’s a few rule tweaks when comparing midget to junior, including fights. “It’s like junior hockey compared to minor hockey.”
Grade 12 students would be ineligible to play in the current league. This would give them and students coming back from university a chance to play hockey’s perfect compliment in the summer.
“We’ll have enough numbers to build a team for next year. The only hurdle before has been numbers.”
“It’s going to be phenomenal. It’s a great sport to watch, and juniors the next level so you’re just getting that much better.”
Badlands midget players Braden Scriven and Tyson Powell will be playing for Olds. Organizers will call up two midget players from Drumheller to play as well.
The game starts at 7 p.m. this Saturday.