The BCHL has announced changes to it’s Showcase format, but the Centennials will have some familiar adversaries on the ice.
The league has made a number of adjustments to it’s showcase which 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.
The Centennials are one of the only teams to split time between the two venues. They will head down to Chilliwack to play on Thursday October 3rd against Former Head Coach Joe Martin and the Alberni Valley Bulldogs at 4:30pm, and will follow that up by playing last years first round opponent, the Trail Smoke Eaters at the SOEC in Penticton at 4pm on Friday October 4th.
The game at the showcase will be the first meeting for Head Coach Joe Martin against his former club.