Aberdeen Lynx are hoping for a strong start to the season with a trip north to Elgin today.
The Lynx will take on the Moray Typhoons in their first game under their new head coach, Owen Reynolds.
In both encounters last year the Lynx demolished the Elgin side 10-2 in what were both strong, physical games.
And, despite almost five months off, the Aberdeen outfit will be hoping last season’s strong league performance will carry over into the new campaign.
Reynolds is confident the Lynx will have what it takes to get their league season off to the perfect start.
He said: “We had good results against Moray Typhoons last season but they’re not the sort of team you take lightly.
“They will be fiercely competitive and are hard to play against in their own rink.
“So we certainly won’t be taking anything for granted.
“We also face the Typhoons in the Scottish Cup later this season.
“So we’ll be seeing a bit more of each other than usual.
“It all starts on Saturday though, and we’re obviously keen to start well despite the tricky opening road trip.”
A handful of new signings combined with a number of players promoted from the Under-20s to the senior squad should help give the Lynx the edge.
Andrew Murphy, a former Paisley Pirate who moved to the North-east for studies at university, joins the squad alongside youngsters Jonathan Jack, Owen Michie and the club’s first imported player, Mikulas Novotny.
However, Murphy is still working for the latter’s paperwork to be completed, and neither Novotny or Michie will be available to play this weekend.
The Lynx fans have also welcomed back netminder Mathieu Davidge to the club after a break from the sport.