The league has taken the first step in gearing up for ‘next’ season, barely a week after ‘this’ season wound up at the RBC Cup in Portage, SK. The league will hold its 4th annual Showcase event at the Prospera Centre in Chilliwack.
Two questions always arise when the Showcase is bought up among fans…
- What is it and is it exhibition? The Showcase is an event that sees every team in the BCHL play 2 neutral-site games for regular season points. Typically teams play one game as the home team and one as the road team, but scheduling quirks don’t always afford that opportunity. Despite one game likely being a “home” game for the Kings, both will be played in Chilliwack. Why? To allow NCAA, WHL and pro scouts an opportunity to see every team and player in person at one venue at one time.
- Why is it always in Chilliwack? For the past three years, Chilliwack has hosted it due to its central location and dual rink setup with two ice sheets right next to each other (not unlike Powell River). It will host again, despite all games being played in the one rink. This move opens up other venues to host the event in the future.
Here’s the release from the BCHL:
The British Columbia Hockey League is pleased to announce the Chilliwack Chiefs and Prospera Centre as the host team and venue for the fourth annual Bauer BCHL Showcase, happening Sept. 24 to 27, 2015.
An extra day has been added to this year’s Showcase in order to allow all games to be played on Prospera Centre’s main ice surface.
“Chilliwack has been a gracious host and has provided a beautiful venue in Prospera Centre for the Bauer BCHL Showcase since its inception in 2012,” said BCHL commissioner John Grisdale. “Our teams and players get optimum exposure to scouts from the college and professional ranks and the opportunities gained as a result speak for themselves.”
Since the first Showcase was held, the BCHL has had 12 players selected in the NHL Entry Draft with another five projected to be drafted this June. Over the last three seasons, the league has also averaged 132 players with college commitments, 114 of those to the NCAA Division I level.
The ability of scouts to evaluate players will only be enhanced this coming September as Prospera’s main sheet of ice will be used exclusively, which will also improve the fan experience at the Showcase.
“The Chilliwack Chiefs and Prospera Centre are proud to again welcome the university and professional hockey scouts of North America as well as Junior hockey fans from across the BCHL,” said Chiefs president Glen Ringdal.
All the matchups for the 2015 Bauer BCHL Showcase will be released after the conclusion of the league annual general meeting June 4 to 6.
The Kings are 3-2-0-2 at the Showcase’s 3-year history, with wins over Chilliwack, Salmon Arm and Vernon. The Kings went 0-2 last year dropping games to Chilliwack and Trail (in overtime).