The NPHL schedule has been released featuring 24 games apiece for each of the ten clubs competing in the league this season. The Grande Prairie Athletics will have an even split of 12 home games and 12 road games and will kick off the upcoming season almost a month from today when they host the Fort St. John Flyers.
Opening night should be an exciting one as the Flyers are rejoining the NPHL as a double AA team opting out of there quest for another shot at the Allan Cup. With Fort St. John rejoining the NPHL’s West division and Valleyview taking a leave of absence in the East it puts the NPHL at an even 10 teams for the upcoming season with 5 clubs in each division. With an odd number of clubs participating this season the last place club in each division will miss this years playoffs.
Grande Prairie will play one game in October, 8 games in November, 6 games in December, 6 games in January and 3 more in February to conclude the regular season. Each divisional opponent will play each other five times. The Fort St. John Flyers will be the only West team this season to visit the Coca Cola Centre three times while Hythe, Spirit River and Dawson Creek will hold a 3 games to 2 advantage in terms of home ice.
Home Schedule Highlights
October 26, 2013:Opening night for the Athletics as they host the Fort St. John Flyers.
November 07, 2013:The defending champion Spirit River Rangers visit the Coca Cola Centre. Last season the Rangers eliminated the Athletics in the NPHL West Semi-Final and both clubs always tend to provide entertaining games.
January 18, 2014:The Falher Pirates return to the Coca Cola Centre.
February 01, 2014:The final home game for the Athletics will end the same way as it began as the club will host the Fort St. John Flyers once more to conclude the 2013 – 2014 regular season home schedule.
For a full look at the 2013 – 2014 Grande Prairie Athletics schedule click here.
Be sure to join us this season as the Athletics begin another campaign to capture an NPHL championship. We will be announcing our exhibition schedule shortly as well as introducing all to this years edition of the Grande Prairie Athletics with our roster announcement.