North Island Eagles midget Chad Bell (10) moves the puck up-ice in a recent placement-round game against Saanich in Port McNeill. The midgets kick off the 2011-12 regular season with games at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday in Port Hardy.

North Island Eagles midget Chad Bell (10) moves the puck up-ice in a recent placement-round game against Saanich in Port McNeill. The midgets kick off the 2011-12 regular season with games at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday in Port Hardy.

Rep Eagles open with home games this weekend

Vancouver Island Hockey League schedule released; North Island squads to play in Port Hardy, Port McNeill.

The North Island Eagles rep midget team will open the 2011-12 regular season with a pair of games in Port Hardy this weekend while the bantam and peewee hockey teams will play in Port McNeill, VIHL announced this week.

Representatives of hockey associations across the Island met last weekend to place teams into competitive tiers for the league season and set the schedule.

The North Island Eagles atom development program is not scheduled for league games this weekend, but each of the other three teams will play before the home crowd.

The schedule for Saturday, Oct. 29:

2 p.m. – Eagles bantams vs. Peninsula, Port McNeill

2:30 p.m. – Eagles midgets vs. Sooke, Port Hardy

4:15 p.m. – Eagles peewees vs. Peninsula, Port McNeill (exhibition)

Games set for Sunday, Oct. 30:

9 a.m. – Eagles midgets vs. Sooke, Port Hardy

11 a.m. – Eagles peewees vs. Peninsula, Port McNeill