Axemen set for 4 exhibition games over the next 2 weeks

Acadia kicks off the pre-season in Halifax against Dal on Tuesday

The Acadia Axemen kick off their exhibition games this week as they travel to Halifax on Tuesday to take on the Dal Tigers at the Halifax Forum at 7pm. The team then returns home for 3 pre-season games, starting with hosting the OUA conference’s Queen’s Gaels on Thursday, September 21st at 7pm, followed by a rematch against Dalhousie on September 27th, before rounding out the pre-season against the UPEI Panthers on September 29th. Regular season action gets underway on Friday, October 6th as Acadia hosts the StFX X-Men at the Andrew H. McCain Arena in Wolfville.

The Axemen will look to put their players to the test in preparation for the yearly grueling battle of the ultra competitive AUS conference. Acadia’s lineup will include 8 new players to their roster, including 2 new goaltenders, who will be taking in their first USports action and adjusting to the speed of the game and size of the players in the league.

Acadia Axemen Head Coach Darren Burns is looking forward to the pre-season games for his team saying, “Everyone is very excited to get going. In university hockey the off-season is very long. We have liked what we have seen so far in terms of fitness levels and practices. Obviously, games are a whole different story. Creating excellent habits is crucial and we hope to see that right away. We look forward to evaluating our players individually and where we are at as a team and we intend on getting a good look at everyone, where we have four exhibition games.”

Annapolis Valley residents will recognize a couple names of the new players joining the Axemen, as Port Williams’ Brady Burns, and Kentville’s Cam Whynot, join second year forward Bailey Peach of Falmouth on the team. Enfield’s Liam Kidney and Hammonds Plains’ Morgan Nauss round out the other Nova Scotians suiting up for Acadia.

Look for a full season preview of the Axemen hockey team coming soon!

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