By Joseph Hayes
Hockey is back.
The Port Huron Prowlers announced late Thursday their upcoming return to the ice.
After a lengthy hiatus over the course of the past year, the Prowlers will resume playing games at Mcmorran Arena later this month.
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“I am personally beyond grateful for this opportunity to be able to give our fans something to cheer for again,” Prowlers coach and defenseman Joe Pace Jr. said. “The last year has not been easy for anyone, including ourselves and the other players and coaches around the league.
“Our return to the ice has been something all of us have been looking forward to and hoping it would come sooner rather than later. It’s going to be fun and exciting in the days to come to interact with teammates and fans again and get back out in the communities that support us.
“We do encourage fans to get out as fast as they can and get tickets due to seating restrictions in arenas in the state of Michigan. Electronic tickets will be available by phone with the McMorran box office during normal business hours in the days to ahead.”
The Prowlers announced they would be restricted to having only 250 fans at each home game but the concession stands will be open.
The Prowlers host their first home game of the season on Feb. 26 at the revamped McMorran Arena.
Ticket prices will increase for this season, with adults charged $15 and children and military veterans being charged $13.
Among the changes for games this season include fans in groups up to six people being allowed to sit with each other, but asked to socially distance themselves six feet apart from other onlookers.
They are also asked to wear masks and remain seated while watching.
“I’m so happy we’re finally back in action,” Port Huron native and Prowlers forward Austin Fetterly said. “It’s going to be a relief to have that first puck drop and get back to what we started last year.
“I think the first weekend is going to be a tough one but by the third and fourth games, we’re going to really come together and have success. Being around the guys more will bring out our chemistry because we have a lot of good guys here that want to work together to achieve our end goal.”
Joseph caught up with some of the Prowlers recently, so click the links below to catch those interviews.