A pair of Grande Prairie Storm games are pushed back a couple of days, as COVID-19 isolation requirements in the opposition have forced the team to take additional time away from the rink.
Business Manager Ryan Carter says the games originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday against the Lloydminister Bobcats have been pushed back to January 16th and 17th. Carter says it’s not the first time they’ve had to push back games, but communication between teams has gone a long way in helping to mitigate any troubles.
“Due to COVID-19 protocols, had to push games back and have their 10-day isolation period, and that ends on Sunday,” he says
“It’s a risk every team has and everyone is being diligent on that, luckily we have a lot of flexibility… it will work out well with the Ice Carnival going on outside the arena that day,” he adds.
Carter says despite restrictions as to how many people can be in the stands when the Storm returns to action, it’s something that both players, and team officials say makes a world of difference.
“It’s awesome having people in the stands, and we are just hoping to keep pressing through and get the playoffs started in March,” he says.
“You know, society is going through a big wave right now… these young guys have had a lot of interruption over the last few years, as a lot of people have, and I think everyone is just looking to having a little more normalcy,” he adds.
Those who have tickets to the Sunday, January 16th game can also gain free access to the Winter Carnival outside Bonnetts Event Centre.