THUNDER BAY – Two of the four Thunder Bay Kings AAA hockey programs, in the minor midget and bantam squads, will commence their respective 2019-20 seasons on home ice this weekend as they welcome a pair of RINK Academy Nationals teams from Manitoba at Fort William First Nation Arena.
Game action will begin Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. as Thunder Bay’s bantams meet their Nationals counterparts before the two under-16 squads tangle at 8:30 p.m. at FWFNA.
Saturday’s slate has four games on tap with the bantams starting at 8 a.m. before finishing up over on Rink No. 2 at FWFNA at 4 p.m.
Meanwhile, minor midget play sees the Kings and RAN meeting for the second time, at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, then wrapping up the weekend with a 4 p.m. faceoff on Rink. No. 1.
As for the Thunder Bay major midget Kings, the defending North American Prospects Hockey League U-18 champions, played a three-game set in Duluth last weekend going 2-0-1 overall.
They began with a 0-0 draw vs. the Minnesota Wilderness before clipping the Duluth Northern Wings twice, by scores of 7-1 and 6-2.
The peewee Kings will begin play later this month with a pair of tentatively scheduled exhibition contests against the Thunder Bay Bantam AA Queens.