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Saints' move to St. Adolphe all positive

Thursday, December 16, 2010
Mark Perry photo: Saints enjoy new home

Lorelei Leona

MJHL Web Correspondent


The Winnipeg Saints have a new home this season and they’ve wasted no time getting settled in. The defending Addison Division champions are once again enjoying a strong season, reflected in their 20 wins and 41 points after 37 games.


After being left homeless when the Dakota Community Centre opted not to renew their lease for the 2010-2011 season, the Saints took up residence in the St. Adolphe Community Club.


“We’re very happy…they’re proving really good to work with,” Saints GM/Head coach David Anning says of the move so far.


“They’re very accommodating and flexible in terms of ice time and set up…there are great people down there.”


The relocation to St. Adolphe was all positive. Close to Winnipeg, which allowed for players to easily drive back and forth; enthusiastic hockey fans, and more importantly, a facility which the Saints can truly call home.


“Obviously it’s different than playing in the city, but our players have embraced it,” Anning says, “We’re hoping to latch on to the small town mentality and create a network down here.”


With the continued support of corporate sponsors from the city, Anning says that the Saints are trying to expand their market to include local businesses in the St. Adolphe area.


“It’s an ongoing process,” he says, “but the corporate sponsors from the city are loyal, so we’ll slowly be able to add businesses down here too.”


Moving up in the Addison Division, the Saints are taking full advantage of the available ice time, using their practices to improve their game and become more familiar with the rink.


“The players are happy with the opportunity to get on the ice a bit more and have a little more flexibility with practices,” Anning explains.


“St. Adolphe has been so accommodating by giving us our own dressing room. The guys have adjusted really well.”









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