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The Kings will face a pair of lower mainland teams at the 4th annual BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack.

The Kings and Coquitlam Express will open the Showcase at 10:00am on Thursday morning, then the Kings will turn around and be on the ice 24 hours upon completion of game 1, with a 1:00pm puck drop against the Surrey Eagles. The Eagles will be a little on the ropes for their contest against the Kings, having played the night prior against Merritt.

The full schedule is here:

Date Time Rink Away Home
Thursday, Sept. 24 10 a.m. Main Powell River Coquitlam
1 p.m. Main Salmon Arm Langley
4 p.m. Main Penticton Alberni Valley
7:30 p.m. Main Merritt Surrey
Friday, Sept. 25 10 a.m. Main Alberni Valley Salmon Arm
1 p.m. Main Surrey Powell River
4 p.m. Main Nanaimo Merritt
7:30 p.m. Main Chilliwack Penticton
Saturday, Sept. 26 10 a.m. Main Trail Prince George
1 p.m. Main Coquitlam Nanaimo
3:30 p.m. Secondary Vernon Wenatchee
4 p.m. Main West Kelowna Cowichan Valley
7:30 p.m. Main Victoria Chilliwack
Sunday, Sept. 27 10 a.m. Main Cowichan Valley Vernon
1 p.m. Main Prince George Victoria
4 p.m. Main Wenatchee Trail
7:30 p.m. Main Langley West Kelowna

Not a great schedule, as in previous years the Kings had featured in at least 1 “prime” game at a 7:00pm start. However the league this year increased the length of the Showcase to avoid playing any games on the secondary sheet (although Vernon/Wenatchee will still be over there), so the odds of getting a “prime” game changed a bit. The team went 0-2 at the Showcase last season, dropping 1 in regulation and 1 in overtime.

It should be noted that although it hasn’t been confirmed, it’s widely speculated that the Showcase will NOT start the BCHL season, with at least 2 weekends of home and away play expected to feature before all the teams gather in Chilliwack. For those new, the Showcase ARE regular season games that DO count for points in the standings. They are neutral site where the Kings will be on the home bench for one game (vs Surrey) and on the visitors bench and last change for the other (Coquitlam).

Here’s the release from the league:

The matchups are all set for the fourth Bauer BCHL Showcase happening Sept. 24 to 27 at Prospera Centre in Chilliwack.

To view the schedule, CLICK HERE

The Showcase host Chilliwack Chiefs play feature games on Friday and Saturday night, both 7:30 p.m. starts. The defending league champion Penticton Vees play at 4 p.m. on Thursday and then face the Chiefs Friday night.

The secondary rink at Prospera Centre, which was not supposed to be used this year, becomes necessary for one game as the Wenatchee Wild have joined the BCHL. The Wild will play the Vernon Vipers on the secondary sheet of ice on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

About 200 scouts from the college and professional ranks are expected to attend this year’s Showcase.

Over the last three seasons, since the Showcase began, the BCHL has averaged 137 players with college commitments and this past season, there were 247 BCHL graduates playing NCAA Div. I hockey (LIST). There have also been 12 BCHL players selected in the two NHL Entry Drafts since the first Showcase was held. There are five current BCHL players listed by NHL Central Scouting leading into this year’s Draft.

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The worst-kept secret in Junior A hockey is now official, as the (former) NAHL’s Wenatchee Wild will join the BCHL for the 2015/2016 season, expanding the league to 17 teams. It’s a move that had been rumoured for the last few seasons, only to hit hurdles and stumbling blocks along the way in the approvals process. Here’s the release from the BCHL:

The Wenatchee Wild will join the BCHL as its 17th franchise starting with the 2015-16 season, the team and league announced Monday at a media conference held in the central Washington city.

“The BCHL is gaining a strong franchise in the Wenatchee Wild and we value the passion and professionalism they bring to our league,” said BCHL commissioner John Grisdale. “The Wild will quickly develop rivalries with our existing franchises and I believe they will be a big draw in opposing buildings.”

The Wild had been a member the North American Hockey League (NAHL) since the 2008-09 season. They have had a winning record in each of their seven seasons of existence and this past season, they had six players on their roster committed to NCAA Div. I programs. Playing out of Wenatchee’s Town Toyota Center, the team averages about 3,000 fans at home games.

Head coach Bliss Littler, a native of Minot, N.D., is entering his 22nd year as a Junior hockey coach.

“We could not be more excited or humbled to be joining the BCHL,” said Littler. “Knowing the history and reputation of the league, be it sending players to play NCAA Division I hockey, NHL draft picks or the professionalism of the member teams and league have, we look forward to being a good league member on and off the ice.”

As a U.S.-based club, the Wild will be allowed to roster a maximum of four Canadian players.

With today’s announcement, they become the first U.S.-based franchise in the BCHL since the Bellingham Ice Hawks, who operated from 1990 to 1995.

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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…

  1. 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.
  2. 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).

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Kings and Clippers Hit ShawTV


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If you’re not at the Frank Crane Arena on Friday night, or maybe you miss the live call of the game on FastHockey and the Network, then you can catch up with the Kings vs Clippers game on Shaw TV. The game will air in its entirety as part of an experience for the company, who is looking to add more BCHL content to its lineup of stations up and down Vancouver Island, covering the Sunshine Coast too.

The game will air in Powell River at the following times:

  • Saturday February 21st at 3:00pm
  • Monday February 23rd at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday February 25th at 12:00pm

The game will feature Clippers broadcaster Dan Marshall and his crew calling the action. Expect more games to be covered next season, with the goal of the project to cover all the Island teams throughout the year as they move through the Frank Crane Arena.

 

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Here’s a press release from the BCHL regarding this year’s post-season, which is fast approaching:

With the playoffs less than three weeks away, the British Columbia Hockey League is announcing it will stick with the same postseason arrangement as last year.

Regular-season games will conclude on Saturday, Feb. 28 and the first playoff games will be Tuesday, March 3. The top-four teams from each of the three divisions will qualify for the playoffs for a total of 12 teams. In each division for Round One, the No. 1 seed will face the No. 4 seed and No. 2 will play No. 3.

Round One must be played between the dates of March 3 to March 11. Round Two must be completed between March 13 and March 22. Round Three must be completed between March 25 and April 5. The Fred Page Cup Finals will be played between April 10 and April 19.

The first, second and championship rounds of the BCHL playoffs will be best-of-seven series. It will be up to the opposing teams in each playoff series to determine the format of the seven games (2-2-1-1-1 or 2-3-1-1 or 1-1-1-1-1-1-1, etc.).

After the second round, there will be three division champions left standing. As in 2014, these three teams will play a double round-robin tournament with each team hosting the other two in their home arena. This round will eliminate one team and the remaining two will advance to the BCHL Finals to play for the Fred Page Cup.

The BCHL champion will go to the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup which will be held April 25 to May 3 in Fort McMurray, Alta. The top-two teams there will advance to the RBC Cup national championship, which will be May 9 to 17 in Portage-la-Prairie, Man.

In short, it’s a lot of hockey in a short space of time…especially in that first round. 7 games in 9 days is a tough slog and several in the league have expressed a concern over the quality of play with that kind of schedule. That being said, it’s playoffs. The Kings still don’t know what will be home or away in the 1st round, as the team is still at least a couple of games away from securing 2nd in the Division. If the Kings finish 2nd, game 1 will likely be at the Hap on Tuesday March 3rd. If the Kings slip to 3rd, they play games 3 and 4 at home on the following Friday and Saturday nights.

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Congratulations to Jacob Pritchard and Adam Tracey, both earning Honourable Mentions for the BCHL Player of the Week Award.

Pritchard was a force in all four games played during the last 7 days, scoring 5 goals and assisting on 4 others. He earned a pair of 1st star nods, a third star and scored the game winner in Nanaimo in overtime.

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Tracey had 4 goals in the last 4 games, including a pair on Saturday night late in the 3rd period to help the Kings clinch a playoff spot against the Cowichan Valley Capitals. Along the way, he also earned a 2nd star nod, and probably would have had 1st star on Saturday night if not for early submission of the 3 stars.

The award was understandably taken out by Salmon Arm Silverback netminder Angus Redmond who let in 1 goal over 3 games, posting a 0.34GAA and .989sv% en route to a 2-1 record.

Here’s the full release from the BCHL:

Salmon Arm Silverbacks goalie Angus Redmond has been named the BCHL Player of the Week for the week ending Feb. 1, the league announced Monday.

Redmond stopped all but one shot he faced over three games and posted consecutive shutouts over division-rival Vernon. The Langley, BC product allowed his only goal against of the week in a 1-0 loss to Penticton but was still named the game’s 2nd Star. On the road in Vernon, he stopped all 31 pucks in a 3-0 victory and took 1st Star. The following night at home, he again was 1st Star in a 1-0 win where he made 17 saves.

The Michigan Tech recruit posted a .989 save percentage for the week and a tiny 0.34 goals-against average. Redmond is now tied for the BCHL lead with five shutouts on the season.

Honourable mentions this week:

Powell River Kings F Jacob Pritchard: 5G, 4A, two 1st Stars, GWG, 3rd Star
Nanaimo Clippers G Guillaume Decelles: 2W, SO, 2nd Star, 122 saves/127 shots, .961 sv%, 1.59 GAA
Penticton Vees F Tyson Jost: 3G, 1st Star, 2nd Star, GWG
Powell River Kings F Adam Tracey: 4G, 2nd Star, GWG
Nanaimo Clippers F Jake Jackson: 2G, 3A, 1st Star
Prince George Spruce Kings F Braiden Epp: 1G, 2A, 1st Star

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The calendar reads June, but today’s announcement from the BCHL says that the 2014/2015 season is right around the corner. The league today announcing the Showcase matchups for the 3rd annual event at the Prospera Centre in Chilliwack. For those unfamiliar, the BCHL Showcase consists of two regular season, neutral site games for each club. It is a great event for fans and scouts to see a large number of players in a short period of time.

The Kings season will start on Saturday September 20th against the host Chilliwack Chiefs. It’s the 2nd straight year the Kings have opened up against Chilliwack, with Powell River earning a 6-1 win to start the 2013/2014 campaign. Then it’s a quick turn-around to a 10:30am start on Sunday morning against the Trail Smoke Eaters. It’s another team that Powell River is used to seeing early in the year, as the two clubs took part in a pre-season tournament in Trail for a few years a number of seasons ago.

For those concerned about the short turn-around, it’s something the Kings are somewhat used to. Last year the Kings played a similar Saturday night/Sunday morning schedule and returned to Powell River with a pair of big wins.

Here is the full BCHL Showcase Schedule for all 16 clubs:

Friday, Sept. 19:

  • 3:30pm Vernon Vipers vs. Cowichan Valley Capitals(Secondary Rink)
  • 4pm Salmon Arm Silverbacks vs. Langley Rivermen (Main Rink)
  • 7pm Coquitlam Express vs. West Kelowna Warriors(Secondary Rink)
  • 7:30pm Penticton Vees vs. Surrey Eagles (Main Rink)

Saturday, Sept. 20:

  • 11:30am Cowichan Valley Capitals vs. Merritt Centennials(Secondary Rink)
  • 12:00pm Trail Smoke Eaters vs. Coquitlam Express (Main Rink)
  • 3pm Alberni Valley Bulldogs vs. Penticton Vees(Secondary Rink)
  • 3:30pm Victoria Grizzlies vs. Vernon Vipers (Main Rink)
  • 6:30pm Nanaimo Clippers vs. Prince George Spruce Kings(Secondary Rink)
  • 7pm Chilliwack Chiefs vs. Powell River Kings (Main Rink)

Sunday, Sept. 21:

  • 10:30am Powell River Kings vs. Trail Smoke Eaters(Secondary Rink)
  • 11am Prince George Spruce Kings vs. Alberni Valley Bulldogs (Main Rink)
  • 2pm Langley Rivermen vs. Victoria Grizzlies(Secondary Rink)
  • 2:30pm West Kelowna Warriors vs. Nanaimo Clippers (Main Rink)
  • 5:30pm Surrey Eagles vs. Salmon Arm Silverbacks (Secondary Rink)
  • 6pm Merritt Centennials vs. Chilliwack Chiefs (Main Rink)

For the other 56 games on the schedule, I’d expect to see that released late this week or early next.

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