The BC Hockey League is set to celebrate its 60th season this fall – and now the league has explained in detail how it plans to mark this milestone.
On Wednesday morning, the Junior “A” Hockey League announced a handful of plans that pay homage to the circuit’s rich history in the province, highlighted by plans for a three-on-three All-Star Weekend tournament in Penticton. which will take place on an outdoor ice rink.
In addition to the outdoor event – which is scheduled for January 14-16, 2022 – teams will wear retro jerseys at various times throughout the season, and each of the league’s 18 teams will also host a retro-themed party. In addition, the league promises “a lot of digital content” that will trace the first 60 years of BCHL.
âWe are delighted to announce our intention to honor the history of the league for our 60th anniversary season which begins in the fall,â said BCHL Commissioner Chris Hebb. âThe BC Hockey League has been an integral part of British Columbia culture since 1961, producing top hockey players, great people and great stories.
âOver the past 60 years, the BCHL has also grown into the largest relief league in Canada for college hockey, with the majority of players receiving scholarships to play at the NCAA Division I level. We’re excited to look back at how we got here and think the fans will enjoy it as much as we do.
A full schedule of retro parties will be released in the coming weeks, the league said.
Fans will also have a contribution and a “chance to engage in many aspects” regarding the anniversary season, including a fan vote on all-star lists as well as all-star jerseys.
This season will be a Schedule of 54 matches which begins in October. Last year, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, teams played a short 20-game season in various groups based across the province.