The Innisfail Eagles are hoping for a shot at the Allan Cup once again in 2021.
In late July, the team announced that they would participate in the Ranchlands Senior AA Hockey League, but will still be a Senior AAA team next season.
That six-team league consists of the Nanton Palominos, Siksika Buffaloes, Fort Macleod Mustangs, Kainai Braves and the Lethbridge Lightning.
“This is will bring many new faces to the Innisfail arena and give our club a look at many new players,” the team said in a statement.
“The Innisfail Eagles are thankful to the teams for allowing us the opportunity to play in league and help us stay competitive in the hopes of achieving our end goal and that is hoisting an Allan Cup.”
Last season, the Eagles played an exhibition season against the Stony Plain Eagles, before playing three games of a qualifying series for a spot in the 2020 Allan Cup. Innisfail, the runner-up at the 2019 Allan Cup, led the series with Stony Plain 3-0. That series was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Allan Cup wasn’t handed out this spring for the first time since 1945.