Looking for their first win of the season, the Crusaders returned to home ice for their third game of the regular season. Their opponents tonight: the undefeated Bonnyville Pontiacs who are coming off a pair of wins over the Whitecourt Wolverines.
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The 2018-19 season did not get off to a great start for the Sherwood Park Crusaders as they dropped their season opener in Drayton Valley. They started strong and held a three-goal lead, but a pair of Thunder goals in the 3rd sent the game to overtime.
In the extra frame, Tanner Hopps would find the back of the net, giving Drayton Valley the win on opening night. A tough loss for the Crusaders, who just couldn’t piece together a full 60 minutes.
Tonight, it was time for redemption as these two teams battled it out once again, this time at the Sherwood Park Arena. Here’s how it went down:
Host Tyler Yaremchuk goes all in on today’s alumni game and gets you set for tonight’s home opener on a special edition of #InsideTheCru
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With the season opener now less than a week away, the Sherwood Park Crusaders have finalized their roster for the upcoming season.
The Cru is coming off a season which saw them go 27-31-2, good for fifth in the AJHL’s North Division. Their playoff run was short-lived, as they were eliminated in five games by the Grande Prairie Storm.
The 2018-19 version of the Crusaders will feature a much different look than in years past. The likes of Ty Readman, Dylan Stewart, Ben McLeod and Brendan Kallis are out and are being replaced by an uber-talented young core.
On top of the youth movement, there will be a group of returning players looking to take major steps forward and prove that they can be impact players in the AJHL.
I’ll start my roster breakdown with the veterans who should be major drivers for this years team:
This week on #InsideTheCru, GM Kyle Chase joins Tyler Yaremchuk to discuss the teams’ recent moves and the upcoming season.
For the first time this season, the Crusaders hit the ice at the Sherwood Park Arena for some pre-season hockey. The opposition this afternoon was the Olds Grizzlies, who were coming off a preseason win over the Calgary Canucks just a few days ago.
September and the hockey season are looming. Just typing that sentence gets me excited. For a handful of fan bases though, the fact that training camps open in just a few weeks makes them a little nervous.
There is still a very talented list of RFA’s who are still sitting without contracts for the upcoming season, and today I’m going to focus on the defensemen who might not have contracts by the time training camp opens.
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