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Oceanside Generals general manager Rick Hannibal. (Peter McCully photo)

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Host Peter McCully welcomes Oceanside Generals general manager Rick Hannibal to the podcast.

Hannibal talks about several changes for the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League team this year, including the loss of many key players in the off-season.

“We lost 17 players,” he said. “(Some are) aging out, we traded one player away, four or five of them went up north to go and work to get on with their life - and some guys we’ve promoted up to Junior A.”

The team GM says he’s been out scouting talent as far away as Las Vegas.

“We had a year-end banquet on the 19th of April,” said Hannibal. “And two days later, I was in a rink in Duncan. And then a week later I was in Vancouver. And the two weeks after that I was in Calgary. And a month after that, I was in Las Vegas recruiting down there.”

With the league’s change to Junior A status, the team we will having a new dressing room built at Oceanside Place.

“We also have a new sound booth that we’ve put in there, it’s a lot more room,” said Hannibal. “A lot more private for when our announcer is announcing the games and when our play-by-play guy is calling the game. It makes it a lot more professional that way.”

On the podcast Hannibal talks about billeting players, the teams’ fan support and championship rings presented to players from the 2022-23 squad.

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