I was at a midget hockey game on Thursday night, and asked a gentleman from Prince Albert about the atmosphere at Art Hauser Centre this season.
(Full disclosure. I haven’t made it up to any of the 13 games yet this season.)
“It’s been amazing” he said. I’m told by some with the team that the Raiders could still squeeze another couple of hundred in the building for game nights, but home games are something special.
Prince Albert has a population of less than 40,000 within city limits. They compete in a league where some teams are owned by NHL clubs. Being in a small market and being run by a board of directors makes the Raiders underdogs.
Everyone knew the Raiders would be better this season, but no one thought there would be a 26-1-1 start.
Earlier this week, the team had a 19-game win streak snapped. (Three wins short of a league record.)
It’s a given that there will be more losses. However, it’s great to see GM Curtis Hunt and coach Marc Habscheid share in the success that this team and the city has seen so far this season.