Aaron Ladzinski- Staff Writer
A fresh sheet of ice has been put into the All Seasons Center. The ice is thick and ready to be skated on, which means there is only one thing left to come: a brand new Blades season. This season could be one to remember for a long time. After last year’s performance of 10-15-1, the Blades are set to return to the ice next weekend in Kansas City to take on Kansas University.
“I’m really looking forward to the upcoming season,” Dylan Bartels said. “We lost some awesome guys from last year, but it should be a good time. With our first brace of the games this weekend, it will be a good indicator of how the rest of the season will look. All we have to do is put more pucks in the net than the other guys, give 115% and make sure our skates are sharpened.”
As Bartels stated, the team did lose some seniors last year, and one of the biggest was All-Star Kevin Grootenboer. The senior student led the team in points and goals last year. Although the Blades may have lost Grootenboer, seven seniors did return this year. They also have four of the five top points leaders returning as well.
The team has been practicing since the first week of September, beginning with some general preseason workouts. They have now been on ice for the past two weeks, with this week signaling the start of the third.
“Despite only being a couple of week in, I believe we have committed guys this year who are willing to work hard and have fun,” said Lucas Koomans, senior and assistant captain.
The Blades will have their first few home games over Defender Day weekend against Northern Illinois. The team will also challenge their alumni over the same weekend. Be on the lookout for new and exciting developments!