The NHL is coming back to Yavapale in the fall with the first game of the league’s 2017-18 season.
The team is hosting the Yavape Indian Lodge, which features a lodge where players can stay during the winter and return to their families for the spring and summer seasons.
“We are a community that loves to be involved in hockey and to support our hockey team,” said Yavatee’s John Raskovic, who will coach the team in its season opener against the Binghamton Senators on Thursday.
“So we are excited to have this opportunity to make it a home for our hockey players and to show them how to do that.”
A few days after the first NHL game, the team will host a game at the lodge on March 2, 2018.
The lodge has already hosted the NHL All-Star game, NHL All Stars Game and the NHL/Olympic Games.
The Yavadee Indians were the first Indian-owned franchise to play in the NHL and were one of only five franchises to be selected to represent Canada in the 2015 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Raskovics is an assistant coach for the NHL’s New York Islanders, but his duties will be to manage the team’s development.
“This is an opportunity for me to do my part in helping our team and I’m excited to be part of it,” he said.
“It’s an honor to be able to coach them and give them the opportunity to be successful in the league and to do well.”
Yavalee’s season opener is March 6 against the Ottawa Senators.
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The hockey lodge is located at 1.4 miles east of the Yawala Regional Medical Center and 1.3 miles west of the city of Yavai.
The game between the Ottawa Sens and Binghampton Senators will be televised on the OHL Network.