While the Summerland Steam are a strong team in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, attendance at home games has been sparse.
“It’s our worst year in four years,” said Gregg Wilson, director of player personnel for the team.
This year, attendance at many games has been below 200 people, despite the team’s strong season.
So far this year, the Steam’s record is 18 wins, six losses and two overtime losses, just behind the Osoyoos Coyotes in the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference: Okanagan Division in the league.
Wilson describes the players as “a really good group of kids” who are continuing to improve as they play.
“Every game is a learning experience for them,” he said.
The Steam will play two out-of-town games this weekend. The next home game will be against the Princeton Posse on Thursday, Dec. 29. Game time is 7:30 p.m.