The Big 6 Hockey League will be icing seven teams in the 2013-14 season, as one of the most successful organizations has decided to withdraw for this campaign.
The Carlyle Cougars are taking a leave of absence. The Cougars were at one time a league powerhouse, as they have won more championships than any team in the league, other than the Bienfait Coalers and the Carnduff Red Devils.
But Carlyle fell on hard times last year, winning only two games, and they had to postpone several games because they couldn't ice a full lineup.
The Arcola-Kisbey Combines, the Bienfait Coalers, the Carnduff Red Devils, the Midale Mustangs, the Oxbow Huskies, the Redvers Rockets and the Wawota Flyers are back in the league this year. Bienfait will be seeking their fourth consecutive league title.
The teams will play nine games at home and nine on the road for an 18-game schedule. Each team will play the other squads three times.
The season will start on Friday, November 8 with two games: Oxbow at Carnduff and Wawota at Midale. The Coalers will raise their 2012-13 Big 6 championship banner the following night when they host Arcola-Kisbey.
There will be a 10-day break during the Christmas and New Year's holidays. The season is slated to conclude on Friday, January 31.