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Big River First Nation hosts four neutral site games at Jim Neilson Sportsplex – Prince Albert Daily Herald

September 14, 2023

For the second season in a row, the Saskatoon Blades and Prince Albert Raiders opened the Western Hockey League (WHL) pre-season at the Jim Neilson Sportsplex on Big River First Nation.

Big River First Nation CEO Derek Klein says it was incredible to have the Raiders and Blades play on Big River for a second straight year.

“It’s amazing. We had another full packed house today (and) a great game. I can’t thank the Raiders and Blades enough to come on bringing the young guys out here. Each team brought 35 guys out here to experience the nation, to experience the cultural enrichment of the community, and better yet, to experience all the communities around us and bring the game the right loves out to the First Nation.”

Last year, the Raiders and Blades played the first ever game during the grand opening of the Jim Neilson Sportsplex. Klein says having both clubs back is important for the youth on Big River First Nation.

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