Chilliwack/Penticton – The BCHL has re-launched their signature Showcase event by introducing the 2019 BCHL Showcase Festival presented by Bauer from October 2 to 5. The league has introduced several changes to the event with the goal of increasing its profile going forward. The downside for Chilliwack is that, Chiefs fans have to share with Penticton.
These changes include:
- The creation of a Festival event to celebrate the official puck-drop to the hockey season in B.C. The event will now be called the BCHL Showcase Festival presented by Bauer.
- The addition of a second venue as Penticton will host the league’s Interior teams for NCAA and NHL scouts while Chilliwack takes its traditional role hosting the Lower Mainland and Island BCHL teams.
- A BC Hockey Festival in Penticton, which will include other levels of hockey in B.C. outside of Junior A as well as several fan interaction areas to celebrate our great game.
- A partnership with BC Hockey who will work with the league to increase the reach of the event, including the participation of minor hockey programs from across the province.
The Showcase schedule will begin at Prospera Centre in Chilliwack with games on Oct. 2 and 3 and will shift venues for the weekend action at South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton on Oct. 4 and 5.
See below for the full Showcase schedule.
“Our Showcase has grown in stature since its inception in 2012 thanks to the great work done in Chilliwack and we feel the time is right to add another few layers to the proceedings,” said BCHL commissioner Chris Hebb. “From now on, the Showcase is going to be a marquee event to signify the beginning of the hockey season in our province.”
The BCHL is pleased to have Bauer back as the presenting sponsor of the Showcase. The league also looks forward to working with our other BCHL sponsors on this unique event.
BC Hockey, the governing body of amateur hockey in British Columbia and the Yukon, will also be a key partner for the event.
“We are looking forward to the opportunity to share in expanding this celebration of amateur hockey in B.C.” said BC Hockey CEO Barry Petrachenko. “October is a perfect timeframe to celebrate our game and to capture the excitement that is generated by the start of a new season.”
As usual, every BCHL team will play two games that count in their standings over the four-day event. Past Showcase participants include current NHL players Troy Stecher, Danton Heinen, Dennis Cholowski, Dante Fabbro, Devon Toews and Tyson Jost.
2019 BCHL Showcase Festival presented by Bauer schedule:
|Wednesday, Oct. 2||10 a.m.||Cowichan Valley Capitals||Langley Rivermen||Prospera Centre, Chilliwack|
|1 p.m.||Surrey Eagles||Nanaimo Clippers||Prospera Centre, Chilliwack|
|4 p.m.||Powell River Kings||Victoria Grizzlies||Prospera Centre, Chilliwack|
|7 p.m.||Chilliwack Chiefs||Alberni Valley Bulldogs||Prospera Centre, Chilliwack|
|Thursday, Oct. 3||10 a.m.||Nanaimo Clippers||Victoria Grizzlies||Prospera Centre, Chilliwack|
|1 p.m.||Langley Rivermen||Powell River Kings||Prospera Centre, Chilliwack|
|4 p.m.||Surrey Eagles||Cowichan Valley Capitals||Prospera Centre, Chilliwack|
|4:30 p.m.||Alberni Valley Bulldogs||Merritt Centennials||Prospera Centre (Secondary), Chilliwack|
|7 p.m.||Coquitlam Express||Chilliwack Chiefs||Prospera Centre, Chilliwack|
|Friday, Oct. 4||10 a.m.||Prince George Spruce Kings||West Kelowna Warriors||South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton|
|1 p.m.||Wenatchee Wild||Salmon Arm Silverbacks||South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton|
|4 p.m.||Merritt Centennials||Trail Smoke Eaters||South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton|
|7 p.m.||Vernon Vipers||Penticton Vees||South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton|
|Saturday, Oct. 5||10 a.m.||Salmon Arm Silverbacks||Coquitlam Express||South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton|
|1 p.m.||Trail Smoke Eaters||Prince George Spruce Kings||South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton|
|4 p.m.||West Kelowna Warriors||Vernon Vipers||South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton|
|7 p.m.||Penticton Vees||Wenatchee Wild||South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton|