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Reno Ice Raiders' 25-game schedule includes 19 home contests

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The{ }Reno Ice Raiders will start its season Oct. 22 at Jackson Hole. (Reno Ice Raiders photo)

Professional hockey's return to Reno kicks off later this month when the Reno Ice Raiders' semi-pro team starts its regular season.

The team, which moved to Northern Nevada from Vacaville, Calif., in June, announced its 25-game schedule Monday, with 19 of those games coming at home. The team will play at the Jennifer M. O'Neal Community Ice Arena, also know as Reno Ice, in south Reno.

The Ice Raiders' season begins Oct. 22 at Jackson Hole with the team's first home game Oct. 30 versus the Santa Rosa Growlers. The team is a member of the Mountain West Hockey League, a Senior A minor league based in the Western U.S. that was founded in Las Vegas in 2012. It is a full-checking league and is designed for unsigned college and junior-hockey players to showcase their skills to potentially advance to the upper-level pro minor leagues like the AHL and ECHL.

Reno hasn't had a professional ice hockey team since the Reno Renegades/Reno Rage played in the WCHL from 1995-98, making the Ice Raiders Northern Nevada's first pro hockey team in 23 years.

The Ice Raiders have played three exhibition games so far in preparation for the 2021-22 season. Here is the team's full regular-season schedule.

Oct. 22: at Jackson Hole Moose, 7 p.m.

Oct. 23: at Jackson Hole Moose, 7 p.m.

Oct. 30: vs. Santa Rosa Growlers, 8 p.m.

Nov. 12: vs. Fort Worth Barracudas, 7 p.m.

Nov. 13: vs. Fort Worth Barracudas, 8 p.m.

Nov. 19: at Breckenridge Vipers, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 20: at Breckenridge Vipers, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 3: vs. Calumet Wolves, 7 p.m.

Dec. 4: vs. Calumet Wolves, 8 p.m.

Jan. 7: at Fort Worth Barracudas, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 8: at Fort Worth Barracudas, 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 14: vs. Breckenridge Vipers, 7 p.m.

Jan. 15: vs. Breckenridge Vipers, 8 p.m.

Jan. 21: vs. Fond du Lac Bears, 7 p.m.

Jan. 22: vs. Fond du Lac Bears, 8 p.m.

Feb. 4: vs. Santa Rosa Growlers, 7 p.m.

Feb. 5: vs. Santa Rosa Growlers, 8 p.m.

Feb. 18: vs. Park City Pioneers, 7 p.m.

Feb. 19: vs. Park City Pioneers, 8 p.m.

Feb. 25: vs. Jackson Hole Moose, 7 p.m.

Feb. 26: vs. Jackson Hole Moose, 8 p.m.

March 18: vs. Fort Worth Barracudas, 7 p.m.

March 19: vs. Fort Worth Barracudas, 8 p.m.

March 25: vs. McCall Mountaineers, 7 p.m.

March 26: vs. McCall Mountaineers, 8 p.m.

April 2022: Playoffs, TBD

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