The ice is in at most of the rinks in the Big Six Hockey League and there will be one more team when the season starts in early November.
The Kipling/Windthorst Oil Kings have been added to the circuit from the Triangle Hockey League and all other teams remain in the league for the now-10-team senior hockey league.
The Redvers Rockets will be in the position of defending their first ever league championship after a four game sweep in the final series over the Carnduff Red Devils. Carnduff finished first in the league last year but Redvers’ Thomas Bauche went 6-0 in net in the playoffs, surrendering only eight goals in those games.
The regular season scoring title was won by the pair of Carnduff’s Matt Audette, who scored 26 goals and 30 assists for 56 points, and Oxbow Huskies sniper Taysen Holt, with 25 goals and 31 assists for 56 points. Redvers’ Drew Hoff led the playoffs in scoring with six goals and 10 assists.
Scott Knelsen of the Wawota Flyers had the league’s best goals against average with a 2.43 average and a 7-1-1 win-loss-overtime loss record.
The Rockets’ regular season will start Nov. 9 at home to the Carlyle Purechem Cougars.
The league gets underway with regular season games on Nov. 2 when the Midale Mustangs travel to Carlyle and the Yellow Grass Wheat Kings are at the Oxbow Huskies.
The following day, the Kipling/Windthorst Oil Kings make their debut at Carnduff, Yellow Grass visits the Bienfait Coalers and Midale is at the Arcola/Kisbey Combines. Wawota is the last team to make their debut on the season with their Nov. 10 home game against Arcola/Kisbey.
The weekend of Feb. 1-2, 2019 is the last scheduled weekend for the Big Six regular season, with the playoffs likely to start a week after that.