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Funny how the summer always seems to fly by. The rookies hit the ice next week! Hurricanes hockey is just around the corner and I wanted to take a quick peek into the coming season. It only seems fitting to examine a few reasons fans (and management) should be excited about the coming season.
With the foundation the players and coaches were able to establish last season, it’s not hard to be optimistic about the outlook for the coming hockey season. The team is on solid footing and the players ought to be returning with gleeful energy and confidence. The Hurricanes are a good team and there’s no reason this group shouldn’t once again be competing as one of the best in the Eastern Conference.
Without further ado, I present to you five reasons Hurricanes fans should be excited for 2016-2017.
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It’s a simple concept really – what goes up – must come down. There’s no doubt the Hurricanes were flying high prior to Friday’s loss in Victoria. They entered that game on a ten game winning streak, and despite compounding injuries, nothing seemed to slow them down. They lost an uneven affair that night to the Royals and followed up with an equally underwhelming loss Saturday to the Giants. What goes up….
Tonight things don’t get any easier. The Hurricanes are in Kelowna to visit the perennial powerhouse Rockets. Kelowna has been hot on the Canes’ heels for weeks now, and having already beaten Lethbridge twice, will be looking to take over top spot in the WHL tonight with a victory.
This is it. The last game before the Christmas break. The Hurricanes versus the Rebels. First place in the Eastern Conference will be on the line. Rewind if you will to the last time these two clubs met on December 5th at the ENMAX Centre. It was an instant classic, at least it was for the Canes and their fans. The game had it all in a 6-2 Hurricanes W. The on-ice product was fantastic, but the most noted storyline was all the bad blood that emerged as the game wore on. Like Daniel Plainview and Eli Sunday in P.T. Anderson’s simply outstanding There Will be Blood, these 2 clubs went toe-to-toe in a heated battle for territorial supremacy.
There’s an old fable about an oak tree and a willow tree standing in a wind-swept field. The tale goes that the willow expressed a desire to be like the strong and sturdy oak because it would never sway in the wind. However, one day a gale force storm came through and the oak snapped in two while the willow was able to survive. The willow expressed surprise at this until a farmer explained to the tree that the willow was able to bend in the wind, ensuring that it would not break unlike the oak. Well, the Hurricanes were that willow tonight, as they bent in this one versus the Blades, but they did not break. They once again rode their vaunted offence to victory and secured another 2 points to bring their record on this road trip to 3-1-0-0.