TRURO - The Truro Bearcats are set to open another minor midget AAA hockey season.
The two-time defending New Brunswick league and Nova Scotia champions are hosting the fifth edition of their annual Early Bird Invitational Tournament, which kicks off today at Colchester Legion Stadium and runs until Sunday.
The Bearcats open the event at 8 a.m. against Cole Harbour before taking on the East Hants Penguins at 8:15 p.m. The final is slated for 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
The two-time defending tournament champion Mid Isle Matrix are back to defend their crown. ROunding out the field are Sherwood, P.E.I., Kennebecasis Valley, South Shore and Sackville.
"Every year these teams are generally the top teams in the Maritimes so it gives us a good gauge right off the bat what we have to work on," assistant coach Brad Higgins said.