by Bryce Loshman: Anthony Greco moves the
puck up the ice during a preseason game.
The Des Moines Buccaneers kick off their
season against the Fargo Force on Saturday,
Oct. 1 starting at 7:05 p.m. For more information,
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As they return to the ice for another season
of hard-hitting hockey action, the Des Moines
Buccaneers only have one goal in mind — winning
the Clark Cup. But that's easier said then done
as the last time the Buccaneers hosted the cup
was during the 2005-06 season. And even though
the team only has eight returning players (15
new players this season), Head Coach Regg Simon
is confident his team will mesh and make a run
at the cup.
"I think everyone is anxious at the start
of the season and even though I don't know how
good will be this year, we are faster and have
more skill than last year," Simon said.
"If we can put it all together, we'll have
a great chance at success."
Although the roster is filled with new players,
the returning players will be asked to put up
big numbers and offer valuable veteran leadership.
"Patrick Kirtland has been playing great
during the preseason, as has our captain, Gasper
Kopitar. And our returning defenseman, Ethan
Prow, will also have to take on a lot more responsibility
than last year," Simon said. "It'll
be important for the team to gel into a cohesive
unit if we want to win."
Though the team knows that the most important
components of the game happen on the ice, the
wild and enthusiastic crowds that pack Buccaneer
Arena add an extra boost to players.
"The energy from the crowd is great and
is a big part of our success, especially on
home ice," Simon said. "It not only
gives us a big home ice advantage, it also makes
it difficult for opposing teams to come in here
With a continuously packed house and exciting
young players, it's easy to see why the Buccaneers
provide some of the best sports entertainment
in the metro.
"Not only do we offer affordable, family
friendly entertainment that is second to none,
but we pride ourselves on playing a fast and
physical game that the fans really enjoy,"
Simon said. "Plus, there isn't a bad seat
in the house." CV
2011-12 Des Moines Buccaneers home
All games start at 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 1 vs. Fargo Force
Saturday, Oct. 8 vs. Tri-City Storm
Saturday, Oct. 29 vs. Tri-City Storm
Friday, Nov. 4 vs. Green Bay Gamblers
Saturday, Nov. 5 vs. Chicago Steel
Saturday, Nov. 19 vs. Sioux Falls Stampede
Wednesday, Nov. 23 vs. Omaha Lancers
Saturday, Nov. 26 vs. Dubuque Fighting Saints
Friday, Dec. 2 vs. Sioux City Musketeers
Saturday, Dec. 3 vs. Team USA
Friday, Dec. 16 vs. Waterloo Black Hawks
Saturday, Dec. 17 vs. Youngstown Phantoms
Friday, Dec. 30 vs. Lincoln Stars
Saturday, Dec. 31 vs. Sioux Falls Stampede
Saturday, Jan. 7 vs. Sioux Falls Stampede
Friday, Jan. 20 vs. Youngstown Phantoms
Saturday, Jan. 21 vs. Youngstown Phantoms
Saturday, Jan. 28 vs. Omaha Lancers
Saturday, Feb. 4 vs. Tri-City Storm
Friday, Feb. 10 vs. Sioux Falls Stampede
Friday, Feb. 17 vs. Indiana Ice
Sunday, Feb. 19 vs. Waterloo Black Hawks (5:05
Saturday, Feb. 25 vs. Sioux City Musketeers
Friday, March 2 vs. Muskegon Lumberjacks
Saturday, March 3 vs. Lincoln Stars
Friday, March 9 vs. Fargo Force
Saturday, March 10 vs. Fargo Force
Friday, March 30 vs. Sioux City Musketeers
Friday, April 6 vs. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
Friday, April 13 vs. Omaha Lancers