The RiverKings have done some dramatic retooling

Well, it’s hockey time at the DCC. New season, new league, new team, new coach- the home opener is on Saturday, October 22nd. The RiverKings welcome the Pensacola Ice Flyers. The Kings celebrate their 20th Anniversary Season and their first ever game in the SPHL.

Ask any hockey coach what they think about their team’s pre-season play and you’ll get a similar response: It doesn’t mean anything. I have to agree with that.

Pre-Season Re-cap

Last Thursday was the Kings first exhibition game in Huntsville Alabama and they came out with a win. They edged the Havoc 2-1.

On Friday at the DCC, the Kings blew a 3 goal lead after the first period and the Havoc won in a shootout, the final 6-5 Havoc.

Like I said, that’s over, so lets get to the real season.

Here’s an article that was in the Desoto Times this week. A talk with the coach.

After reading that, I have to be a little nervous about this season.

Quote from the coach.

“We have good depth and a lot of firepower,” said Landmesser. “I played defense when I played, but I know the fans love an up-tempo style with a lot of goal-scoring ability, and, that’s what we should be this season.

Please Derek, don’t forget defense,  remember the saying. Defense wins championships!!

I ask you, will we have three good lines.

Most elite teams have a pretty good contribution out of the third line, what happens when you have a threat on the third line, you’re generally going to see a weaker pair of defence. Lets hope we have three solid lines.

Goal scoring in the past has been a problem for the Kings, particularly on the powerplay.

This season the powerplay has to be running on all cylinders.

Seriously folks, the SPHL is known for a lot of penalties and if we are on the powerplay we have to score. Plus we have to have a great penalty killing team. A Hockey game in this era is won on special teams and that goes for the NHL also.

The Kings have done some dramatic retooling this off season. Where will the Kings finish in the 2011-2012 season, your guess is as good as mine.

This season rests on a lot of ifs.

That’s the way I see it and I’m Joe Sports.

Home Opener Saturday, October 22nd. RiverKings vs Pensacola Ice Flyers.

Roster as of Thursday

For more information visit the RiverKings website at, or call the front office at (662)-342-1755.

Kings quick notes:

Darrell Stoddard has been named Team Captain for the 2011-12 season.

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