The new year often brings resolutions and goals for many people, and the Wheatland Kings are no different. Kings GM Lee Smith says 2023 brings one main goal: making a strong playoff push.

"We got to hit the ground running and we really need to be at the top of our game. We got to get some wins in the win column and start building for the playoffs," he said.

Just like many others, the Kings also enjoyed a holiday break, as their last game was on December 17. They struggled at the end of last year, but Smith believes the break was important to let players rest and get back to their A-game.

"I think the guys needed to regenerate and get some time off and get away from hockey for a little bit and spend some time with family and friends and that so I think it was a good break for us."

The break also gave some players the chance to get ready to rejoin the team, as two of their top scorers could be back in action this weekend. Kage Yellowfly is expected to be back with the team, while Philip Raycroft is day to day with a shoulder injury, but could return on Friday.

2023 will be a busier start for the Kings,  as they're actually preparing for three games instead of the usual two. While they have their regularly scheduled games on the road against the High River Flyers and the Medicine Hat Cubs this weekend, they also have a home game on Tuesday against the Mountain View Colts that was rescheduled from earlier this year.

The Kings will be at home on January 10 to face the Colts game time 8:30 pm. 

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