SAINT JOHN – We’re just hours away from the start of a new season for the Saint John Sea Dogs.

The two-time defending President’s Cup champions take on Bathurst tonight at Harbour Station to kick off their eighth season.

The night will begin with a ceremony recognizing Saint John’s regular season and playoff titles.

Sea Dogs’ coach and general manager Mike Kelly says he expects to see some nervousness tonight.

“Then you add a big crowd and all the excitement that goes with opening night, how can there not be nerves?” Kelly said. “There’d be something wrong if there wasn’t nerves, so I would expect our first period to be a little interesting.”

Catch the Sea Dogs and Titan LIVE tonight on News 88.9 beginning at 6:45 p.m.