Oceanside Generals top sniper Dawson Heathcote will return for this coming Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League season. (Michael Briones photo)

Oceanside Generals top sniper Dawson Heathcote will return for this coming Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League season. (Michael Briones photo)

VIJHL: Oceanside Generals welcome back key veterans

League posts possible schedule for 2020-21 season

The Oceanside Generals will have some key veteran players back for the coming Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League season.

The Generals recently confirmed that their top sniper (and the VIJHL’s top forward last season) Dawson Heathcote will return for the 2020-21 season.

This was followed by a number of confirmations from veteran players who will return, including forwards Aiden Sutherland and Isaak Leik and defenceman Brandon Hannibal.

Sutherland played only 27 regular season games for the Generals but still managed to tally 24 points with nine goals and 15 assists.

Leik was acquired from the Peninsula Panthers late last season and made an immediate impact on the Generals offence. In 15 games he collected 22 points with nine goals and 13 helpers.

On defence, Hannibal will man the blue-line again for the local side. He was a key player on the Generals special teams units.

He had a goal and 23 assists for 24 points last season.

READ MORE: Oceanside Generals sweep aside Kerry Park Islanders 4-0 in VIJHL playoff series

Meanwhile the VIJHL has started to sort out the coming 2020-21 season. The league has posted possible schedules and pending startup dates:

• Sept. 7 – 48 game schedule, regular playoff format: best of 7, 3 series.

• Oct. 12 – 40 games, regular playoff format: best of 7, 3 series.

• Nov. 16 – stick to 40 game schedule to March 15 . Playoffs would start third week of March, top 2 North teams in a best of 3 (same with South), 4th week winner North v South in best of 3.

• December 14 – 32 games with same playoff format as November start.

Michael.Briones@pqbnews.com

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Oceanside Minor Hockey looking for coaches for the coming season

If you area interested in coaching minor hockey this season, Oceanside Minor Hockey Association is looking for recreational and competitive coaches for the 2020-21 season.

OMHA is currently accepting coaching applications for both recreational and competitive teams from U7 (Initiation) to U18 (Midget). Anyone interested can complete the application form by going to the OMHA website at oceansidehockey.com under Forms – Coach’s Application.

Competitive coaches must have applications in by July 31 and are advised to them in as soon as possible if they want to coach this season.

Once completed, please send the coaching application by email to Michael Smith, OMHA Head Coach Coordinator at headcoach@oceansidehockey.com.

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