VINTON, Va. (WFXR) — There’s excitement for the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs as they gear up for the hockey season during two-a-day’s training camp at the Lancerlot Sports Complex in Vinton.
As of Friday, Oct. 15, it will be 601 days since the last time the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs played a hockey game at home at the Berglund Center.
Dawgs head coach Dan Bremner said fans can expect “fast, physical, hockey,” on Friday night.
Bremner is preaching this philosophy to his team as the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs are eager to return to action after a nearly two year layoff due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
“For me obviously missing the dawgs and missing my team was tough. It was tough watching the teams that were going it was a unique opportunity for me. I was heavily involved with the youth hockey,” said Bremner.
“I don’t know how to explain it. It was long overdue. The fans are extremely excited. I guarantee the players in the locker room are more than excited. I am just ready to get back at the Berglund Center and to see and hear from our fans,” said Travis Armstrong. “This year’s team will be a mix of young and familiar faces to the fans. The big goal is to have success and get off to great start and learn from the rocky start of 2019.”
“You know to we can only control ourselves. One thing I promised our team we wouldn’t have any thing to recognize what we did wrong. I know what we left out and what we are doing. I will never let that failure to happen again and now to learn from it. They have that bitter taste in the mouth. We know how important those first games are and we are prepare to correct that,” said Bremner.
“Right now it is to get that big win on Friday. We have been talking all week. Nothing really matters except on Friday. That sets the tone for the entire season. It can be an identity. We are going to be play Fayetteville a handful of times right away. We have go to set that tone. Let them know the team that we are going to be. Trying to put on a show for the good show for the Roanoke fans,” said Mac Jansen.
Roanoke hosts Fayetteville at 7:05 p.m. on Friday at the Berglund Center.
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