Hundreds of hockey players, scouts and fans will take over Prospera Centre this weekend for the British Columbia Hockey League's second showcase event.
The Bauer Showcase will see each team play two games in Chilliwack in front of scouts from dozens of National Hockey League teams and countless American universities.
"This [event] really speaks to the purpose of the BCHL and that's to get kids headed off to college in the right direction," Chiefs president Glen Rindal said. The event is designed with scouts in mind, but it's also a unique opportunity for junior hockey fans who don't usually get a chance to see a dozen-plus games over the course of a weekend.
Unlike last year, tickets to the showcase are included in Chiefs season ticket packages. Weekend and day passes are also available, as are tickets to the two Chiefs games.
This year's event also features a few more fan attractions, including the "Bauer Experience" on Saturday morning, when skaters of all ages can hit the Prospera rink between 9 and 11:15 a.m. and try out new top-of-the-line equipment.
There is also a tailgate party-featuring music, a corn roast and Kai Manning's lemonade stand-at 5 p.m. Saturday before the Chiefs open their season.
And for players, coaches and family members of the hundreds of players who are in town, organizers have scheduled an education seminar about the college opportunities available "A lot of people just don't understand how it all works. .. so this is an opportunity to learn and ask questions," Ringdal said.
This is the second time the BCHL has opened its season in Chilliwack, and Ringdal said last year's experience has made organizing this year's event a smoother process.
"I'm excited; it's going to be fun," he said.
3:30 p.m. Victoria vs. Penticton (secondary rink) 4 p.m. Coquitlam vs. Merritt 7 p.m. Langley vs. Trail (secondary) 7:30 p.m. West Kelowna vs. Surrey
11:30 a.m. Surrey vs. Vernon (secondary) Noon Salmon Arm vs. Victoria 3 p.m. Nanaimo vs. West Kelowna (secondary) 3:30 p.m. Penticton vs. Alberni Valley 6:30 p.m. Cowichan vs. Prince George (secondary) 7 p.m. Chilliwack vs. Powell River
10:30 a.m. Powell River vs. Salmon Arm (secondary) 11 a.m. Alberni Valley vs. Coquitlam 2 p.m. Prince George vs. Nanaimo (secondary) 2:30 p.m. Trail vs. Cowichan 5:30 p.m. Merritt vs. Langley (secondary) 6 p.m. Vernon vs. Chilliwack
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