Chiefs to host BCHL Showcase

Sixteen BCHL teams will hit the ice at Prospera Centre in early September as the league holds its first ever Showcase event.

The British Columbia Hockey League announced Thursday morning that the Chilliwack Chiefs will be the host franchise for the first-ever BCHL Showcase event, happening Sept. 7-9 at Prospera Centre.

The Showcase will bring all 16 BCHL teams to Chilliwack for two games apiece that will count in the regular season standings. Similar events are held in other Junior A leagues and have proven effective at attracting interest from professional and college scouts.

“Showcase events such as this have proven to be hugely successful,” said BCHL commissioner John Grisdale, “We are extremely pleased that Chilliwack and the Chiefs will host our first one.”

The Chiefs rejoined the BCHL for the 2011-12 season after the Quesnel Millionaires franchise was purchased and relocated to the Fraser Valley. The team led the entire country in average attendance.

“The support we saw in Chilliwack this past season was phenomenal,” said Grisdale. “Fan interest is a major reason we’re excited about the Chiefs hosting the Showcase and we know they’ll do a first-rate job in promoting and executing a successful event.”

The schedule of game matchups as well as ticket pricing and availability will be announced before the end of April.

Chiefs president Glen Ringdal has also announced that Chiefs season ticket holders will be given first opportunity to select seats at reduced prices.