NORTH BAY, Ont. — The North Bay Battalion kicks off its exhibition schedule leading to the 2017-18 Ontario Hockey League season with three games in the inaugural OHL Showcase at Buffalo’s HarborCenter, the club announced Tuesday.
The Battalion is to play the Kitchener Rangers at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, the Windsor Spitfires at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, and the Flint Firebirds at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3.
Other teams participating are the Erie Otters and Peterborough Petes. All six will play three games, with no playoff or champion declared.
The HarborCenter, which is the three-year host of the National Hockey League’s scouting combine, will serve as a venue for the 2018 World Junior Championship.
The Showcase coincides with an elite eight-team under-15 AAA invitational tournament which includes the Buffalo Jr. Sabres.
The Troops complete exhibition play with a visit to the Sudbury Wolves on Wednesday, Sept. 13, visit the Owen Sound Attack on Saturday, Sept. 16, and play host to Owen Sound on Sunday, Sept. 17.
The 681-game OHL regular season starts Thursday, Sept. 21, with the Battalion opening the next night against the visiting Barrie Colts.