A new hockey team is hitting the ice for the first time in Muskoka this weekend.

The Bracebridge Pioneers will be kicking off their inaugural game on Saturday in their new home. Pioneers Owner/Head Coach Bernard Cheverie says he believes Muskoka is a great training ground for these young players.

Cheverie says he’s already been in touch with representatives from these higher level leagues to let them know Bracebridge has a new team. He says they’ll be pulling in players between the ages of 17 and 20 from Ontario, the US, and Europe.

He says Bracebridge seemed like the perfect place to attract these young players.

Cheverie has been coaching for 30 years in the Maritime and European Hockey Leagues. His Assistant Coach Brad Lewis brings his own experience having played with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Ontario Hockey League.

The Pioneers will be playing under the fairly new Canadian Premier Junior Hockey League. The CPJHL is coming into its second season of operation under the United Hockey Union, which is overseen by the Amateur Athletic Union. The team has a three-year agreement with the town to use the Bracebridge Memorial Arena for home games and practice.

The Pioneers will be facing off against the Seaforth Generals at 7:30pm at the Memorial Arena.