BCHL moves Showcase Festival to Salmon Arm

BCHL moves Showcase Festival to Salmon Arm

For the first time since 2012 Chilliwack will not be involved as a host of the annual event.

After splitting the BCHL Showcase with Penticton last fall, Chilliwack is completely out as host of the annual event.

The league announced Tuesday morning that Salmon Arm will be the host in 2020.

“Our organization is thrilled to be hosting this event here in our community,” said Salmon Arm Silverbacks General Manager Brooks Christensen. “The Showcase is a key piece to our league’s success every year and we are eager to display our community’s strong support for junior hockey.

“We are looking forward to hosting scouts, players, parents and fans during the Showcase Festival and are excited for people to see what Salmon Arm has to offer.”

Chilliwack was the sole host of the BCHL Showcase from its inception in 2012 through 2018 before the league moved half of it to Penticton in 2019.

Chiefs hockey boss Brian Maloney said it’s not a matter of Chilliwack ‘losing’ the Showcase.

“We agreed as a league to let it go and try and move it around the league,” he said. “Scouts won’t be happy, but it’s a chance to showcase our league.”

Similar to last year’s event, the BCHL will focus on producing high level hockey and a festival atmosphere. A Fan Zone will provide interactive events for people of all ages.

The Showcase Festival will be held at Salmon Arm’s Shaw Centre. Schedule details and ticket sales will be announced at a later date.