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Pensacola Ice Flyers forward Garrett Milan preps for a shot on goal during an undated game from the Pensacola Bay Center.

The natural adrenalin rush and emotion surge during the Pensacola Ice Flyers first practice Saturday had a different kind of feel.

“This year, it’s getting back to normal, for the most part,” said Ice Flyers coach Rod Aldoff, who begins his eighth season behind the bench. This is the first time in three seasons, however, the cloud of the coronavirus pandemic isn’t hovering with practice protocols, restrictions with player and fan interaction and other issues.

“It is a better feeling coming into this season, knowing we will have a good group coming in and as time goes on with the ECHL camps trimming rosters, we’ll see what happens,” Aldoff said.

“At the end of the day, you go play hockey and it’s always exciting.”

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