The rejuvenated Gander Flyers will not play their first game for more than two weeks, but the team is already attracting serious buzz in central Newfoundland.
The Flyers are back in the senior hockey league after a 16-year absence.
Coach Dennis Laing said fans will not be disappointed.
"I think the timing is right for Gander," he said.
"We [have] a nice facility. It's a good stadium for playing hockey in and the fans for watching, so I think if we can put a good team together and we'll be competitive. I think the fans will come out and it should be enjoyable."
About 600 people have already paid to guarantee their seats.
For one family, the return of the Flyers has special significance. Forward Mike Poirier, 34, is one of the oldest players on the team.
Watching him at a recent practice was his father Pat Poirier, who played with the Flyers in the late 1970s.
"I think it's a very good thing that he's doing," Pat Poirier said. He really enjoys it, and he's really looking forward to this season."
Mike Poirier said he would love to see the Flyers go the distance in their returning season.
"I'd love to win a Herder for my dad," he said, referring to the championship trophy in Newfoundland and Labrador's men's senior hockey.
"It would be the best."