The wait is basically over.
After not having played a game since April 2, the Regina Pats will get back on the ice Friday night to open up the Mastercard Memorial Cup against the Ontario Hockey League champion Hamilton Bulldogs.
While all members of the Pats are looking forward to the opportunity of competing for the Memorial Cup, one player is looking to make amends after last year.
19-year-old defenceman Aaron Hyman was on the Seattle Thunderbirds team that won the WHL title in Regina. Just five days later, the T-Birds started play at the 99th Memorial Cup in Windsor. They lost all three of their games and were outscored 18-3. Hyman says he has unfinished business.
“I’m not happy with how things went last year,” Hyman stated. “I’m looking forward to getting back out there and having a much better experience this time around.
Hyman adds he feels a lot better having had the rest compared to last season.
“Being the host team, I think we have a huge advantage,” Hyman said. “We didn’t want this long a wait, but we’ve taken advantage of the rest while the other teams are just going to another series after working hard to get here. This won’t be like playoffs because you can’t grind teams down. It’s totally different than playoff hockey.”
Game time Friday night is 8 o’clock. Be with 620 CKRM for all the action as Phil Andrews will have the call alongside Jared Dumba.