Chilliwack, B.C. – The 2019 BCHL Showcase Festival kicks off today with games running from 10 a.m. all the way to 10 p.m for four straight days.
Longtime hosts Chilliwack will have all the games today and tomorrow at the Chilliwack Coliseum before the venue switches to the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton for Friday and Saturday with all 17 BCHL teams taking part in regular-season games throughout the week.
Previously mainly an event just for scouts from the NCAA and NHL to get an up-close look at BCHL talent, the league has introduced a new festival format along with the second location. This will include a Hockey House in Penticton where fans, parents and kids will be able to participate in fun and interactive activities. The BCHL is also hosting a Hockey Panel which will feature former NHL players and current and past BCHL dads Mike Richter, Doug Weight and Dixon Ward.
“What we want to do with this event is make it more than just hockey,” said BCHL Executive Director Steven Cocker. “We feel it’s incredibly important to engage our fans and showcase our communities.”
Full BCHL Showcase Festival schedule:
Chilliwack – Chilliwack Coliseum
|Wednesday, Oct. 2||10 a.m.||Cowichan Valley||Langley||Main|
|4 p.m.||Powell River||Victoria||Main|
|7 p.m.||Chilliwack||Alberni Valley||Main|
|Thursday, Oct. 3||10 a.m.||Nanaimo||Victoria||Main|
|1 p.m.||Langley||Powell River||Main|
|4 p.m.||Surrey||Cowichan Valley||Main|
|4:30 p.m.||Alberni Valley||Merritt||Secondary|
Penticton – South Okanagan Events Centre
|Friday, Oct. 4||10 a.m.||Prince George||West Kelowna||Main|
|1 p.m.||Wenatchee||Salmon Arm||Main|
|Saturday, Oct. 5||10 a.m.||Salmon Arm||Coquitlam||Main|
|1 p.m.||Trail||Prince George||Main|
|4 p.m.||West Kelowna||Vernon||Main|
About the BCHL:
Sending more players on to college hockey every season than any other hockey league in Canada, the BCHL has established itself as a national leader in the development of young student athletes. Considering today’s NHL features more NCAA alumni than ever before, Junior A hockey is fast rivaling Major Junior in Canada as a breeding ground for the sport’s most elite and successful players.
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