When the Steinbach Huskies and La Broquerie Habs took a one-year leave of absence from the Carillon Senior Hockey League last season, a handful of players from both teams, who still had the desire to play, threw their sticks and equiment bags in the trunk of their cars and found their way onto rival rosters.

La Broquerie's Rejean Carriere, Dan Taillefer and Eric Therrien joined the Red River Wild while Steinbach's Brett Adnum and Tanner Harms helped the Ste. Anne Aces capture a third straight CSHL title.

This season Harms, Adnum, Therien, Taillefer and Carriere are teammates and wearing the Habs hockey jersey.

General manager Denis Carriere explained how his son Andre and former Huskies forward Teddy Laing got the puck moving in the right direction in order to get senior hockey back on the ice.

"They started talking because Steinbach didn't have a team last year either. At first we were going to go to Steinbach and play but with the Pistons there and trying to get ice time in Steinbach was kind of tough. Here in La Broquerie we had all the ice time we wanted. The guys from Steinbach said we'll go and play in La Broquerie and that's how it got started."

Carriere says hockey fans in the community are really looking forward to going to the arena and supporting the Habs this season.

"It was 70 years since we had our first senior Habs team and it really showed when we took the leave of absence. There were a lot of people talking about it in town, 'No senior Habs, what are we going to do all winter.' When we put a team back together and thanks to the Huskies for merging with us as we have lots of players from Steinbach - you can hear the talk in town, 'The seniors are back, the seniors are back.' It's going to be a big thing for us here in La Broquerie."

The Habs will wrap up their four-game season opening road trip on Saturday when they face the defending champion Aces in Ste. Anne.

The home opener is Saturday, November 17th against Red River.

"On paper we have an excellent team," said Carriere. "Most of the players all played junior hockey or better. You can see in the games that we're still trying to figure ourselves out with postitions and stuff like that. So far it's a great core of players. They all get along and they all seem to be happy. Even after losing in Ste. Anne and Grunthal - it was no big deal. We're new and we're going to get it going yet."

photo courtesy Shannon Normandeau

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Saturday, November 17th

Red River 4 La Broquerie 3

Steinbach 2 Swan Valley 1 (SO)
Neepawa 2 Selkirk 1 (OT)
Virden 7 OCN 4
Winkler 6 Dauphin 5

Mitchell 4 St. Adolphe 1

Capital Region Junior Hockey League
Arborg 6 St. Malo 1

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Eastman 5 Pembina Valley 4 (OT)
Wpg Thrashers 4 Interlake 2
Yellowhead 7 Wpg Bruins 4
Kenora 3 Central Plains 1
Southwest 5 Parkland 1
Brandon 12 Norman 0

Prince Albert 6 Brandon 0

Grand Rapids 3 Manitoba 2 (OT)

Tampa Bay 6 Philadelphia 5 (OT)
Detroit 3 New Jersey 2 (OT)
Buffalo 3 Minnesota 2
Columbus 4 Carolina 1
Montreal 3 Vancouver 2
N.Y. Rangers 4 Florida 2
Ottawa 6 Pittsburgh 4
Boston 2 Arizona 1
Nashville 5 Los Angeles 3
Calgary 4 Edmonton 2
San Jose 4 St. Louis 0

Toronto 122 Chicago 83
L.A. Clippers 127 Brooklyn 119
New Orleans 125 Denver 115
Orlando 130 L.A. Lakers 117
Philadelphia 122 Charlotte 119 (OT)
Indiana 97 Atlanta 89
Utah 98 Boston 86
Houston 132 Sacramento 112
Dallas 112 Golden State 109
Oklahoma City 110 Phoenix 100

Sunday, November 18th

West Division Final
Winnipeg at Calgary, 3:30 p.m.
East Division Final
Hamilton at Ottawa, 12 p.m.

Red River at Grunthal, 6 p.m.

Swan Valley at Steinbach, 7 p.m.
Portage at Waywayseecappo, 6 p.m.
OCN at Virden, 7 p.m.

Capital Region Junior Hockey League
St. Malo at Selkirk, 7:30 p.m.

Eastman vs Interlake @ Arborg, 2:30 p.m.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Central Plains at Kenora, 2:30 p.m.
Wpg Bruins vs Parkland
@ Dauphin, 1:30 p.m.
Pembina Valley vs Interlake
@ Morden, 2:30 p.m.
Brandon at Wpg Wild, 1:30 p.m.
Yellowhead vs Norman
@ Shoal Lake, 2:30 p.m.

AAA U17 Midget Prep Hockey League
Eastman at Wpg Hawks, 1 p.m.

Manitoba at Chicago, 3 p.m.

Dallas at N.Y. Islanders, 12 p.m.
New Jersey at Carolina, 4 p.m.
Minnesota a Chicago, 5 p.m.
Colorado at Anaheim, 7 p.m.
Vegas at Edmonton, 7 p.m.

Tennessee at Indianapolis, 12 p.m.
Tampa Bay at N.Y. Giants, 12 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Jacksonville, 12 p.m.
Carolina at Detroit, 12 p.m.
Dallas at Atlanta, 12 p.m.
Cincinnati at Baltimore, 12 p.m.
Houston at Washington, 12 p.m.
Oakland at Arizona, 3:05 p.m.
Denver at L.A. Chargers, 3:05 p.m.
Philadelphia at New Orleans, 3:25 p.m.
Minnesota at Chicago, 7:20 p.m.

Memphis at Minnesota, 2:30 p.m.
New York at Orlando, 5 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at Miami, 5 p.m.
Portland at Washington, 5 p.m.
Golden State at San Antonio, 6 p.m.

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