The Posse close out September with optimism both on and off the ice.
Despite huge changes the future indeed looks full of promise. In all the upheaval of rebranding junior hockey in Princeton there is indeed a buzz, a constant hum of excitement in the community and in the stands.
The squad is 2-4-1 heading into October and sits one point behind both Osoyoos and Summerland in what everyone agreed before the season would be the KIJHL’s most competitive division. Better yet, the Posse is 2-1-1 at home. Fans have seen an exciting home opener one goal win, a loss in double overtime, a late one goal loss after the squad worked to overcome an early three goal deficit, and most recently a 4-2 victory over rival Osoyoos.
Most important for the organization and team management, fan support has been simply fantastic. Long time supporters have been supportive in their praise, returning fans have expressed a renewed interest and — equally critical for the future of junior hockey in Princeton — new faces have been noted everywhere throughout the arena.
This past weekend marked the first Sunday game and it was a huge success as young fans took advantage of opportunity to bring a parent for free. Pashas Pizza provided pizza by the slice in the mezzanine, the Posse provided a win for entertainment and then the players hung around to participate in the first Skate With The Posse afterwards. The stands were busy during the game and the players were afterwards as almost 50 kids donned skates.
The tailgate party schedule has been posted through to November with tailgates happening for all Friday and Saturday evening games. The Posse hope to encourage more people to come out and enjoy pregame festivities with an excellent variety of food. Upcoming menu items include beef on a bun, free range chicken dinners, pulled pork as well as a bbq medly of ribs, chicken and steak. The goal is to stay outside as long as weather permits, but if turns nasty, there is tons of room in the mezzanine to enjoy TV sporting events while enjoing dinner. All of these provide funding for the team and serve as a means to work with local businesses.
All in all a great start to the season. Thanks to all the kids and parents for this Sunday, and to all fans in general for your support. Again, if you are enjoying it, bring a friend.
Upcoming events include an Oct. 4 tailgate party at 5:45 p.m. hosted by Thomasina’s with Hockey Night in Canada on TV.
And on Oct. 5, The Posse will be hosts for another tailgate party at 5:45 p.m.