Grandview Steelers open season on Thursday

Junior B hockey club takes on Pacific Junior Hockey League rival Sockeyes in Richmond at 7 p.m.

The Grandview Steelers will open the 50th anniversary season of the Pacific Junior Hockey League in Richmond on Thursday.

The junior B Steelers will ice an exciting lineup this season built around a returning core of 20-year-old goalie Cole MacInnes, 6-5 defenceman Lucas Mercer and forwards Timothy Chow and 18-year-old Adam Rota.

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“I think we’ll be a very exciting team this year,” said Steelers’ head coach and general manager Aldo Bruno.

Grandview will also have some new faces from the B.C. major midget league and the local high school hockey academies on board.

The Steelers added Northeast Chiefs defender Kristofer Zlomislic, who had 28 assists last season and forward Jeffrey Wong, a 10-goal, 23-point getter with the B.C. playoff champs.

Grandview also picked up blue-liner Cole MacEwen from the Valley West Hawks and 6-2 forward Luke Warkentin from the Yale Hockey Academy.

The Steelers open the Jr. B hockey season on Thursday with a game against league rival Richmond Sockeyes at the Richmond Arena. Game time is 7 p.m.

Grandview has its home opener this Sunday at the Burnaby Winter Club against the Port Moody Panthers. Puck drops at 4 p.m.

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