Thunder’s start postponed

The Dunedin Thunder will have to wait an extra two weeks to begin its season.

It had been set to play the Queenstown-based Stampede in the revised New Zealand Ice Hockey League opener at the Dunedin Ice Stadium tonight.

That game, and the one scheduled for tomorrow, will now be played on September 11 and 12, which had been a free weekend.

The season will now begin next weekend in Queenstown, when the Stampede hosts the Canterbury Red Devils.

It will begin an otherwise unchanged schedule in which the three South Island teams will play home and away weekends against each other.

The team had opted to move the game rather than play behind closed doors as it relied on ticket sales to cover the cost of the ice.

Meanwhile, the four North Island series games between the Botany Swarm and West Auckland Admirals had also been postponed.

Those games have not yet been rescheduled.


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