The Lloydminster Junior B Classic Oilfield Bandits are looking to start their season off with a fresh name and a strong lineup.
Classic Oilfield Services Ltd. is the Bandits’ major sponsor so they decided to add their name to the team’s title.
Their team bus and jerseys will have decals added on, however, they will not be doing any rebranding or updating of their current jersey design.
Bandits Head Coach Jason Ross mentioned their training camps went well and the team has some fresh faces in the locker room.
“A lot of returning vets from last year, some new faces as well that we’re excited to get in the lineup. We’re looking forward to a new and improved year.”
The schedule is set to be released for the North Eastern Alberta Junior B Hockey League (NEAJBHL) on Tuesday evening.
Ross mentioned he expects that the league will implement a cohort system similar to the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) season.
They are currently unable to host any games in their own rink since the Border City team falls under Saskatchewan health guidelines, even if they are in an Alberta league.
“As of right now we’re practicing in Lloyd with the worries that we may have to play out of a different arena when the season starts,” said Ross.
Even if the team has to switch barns, Coach Ross stated they do not have a set backup rink yet.
After not knowing if the Bandits would be able to have a season due to the current world pandemic, returning to gameplay is driving them to a winning record.
“We think we’re icing a competitive team this year and we look forward to competing right from the get-go this year and a good playoff run because it’s been a long time since the Bandits had a good playoff run,” said Ross.
Although there are some things the Junior B players can work on heading into a new season, their coach has confidence in their ability as a team.
Ross believes the Bandits have one specific strength that will carry them to the playoffs.
“We never quit. The boys compete. They put in an effort day in and day out. They got a never say die attitude whether they’re down by three they just don’t quit.”
The NEAJBHL season is expected to start on November 1st.