BC Hockey announced Thursday, May 26, 2016 that the Creston Valley Thunder Cats will host the 2017 Cyclone Taylor Cup, the Junior B Provincial Championship, April 6 – 9, 2017.
The champions from the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL), Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL), and Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) along with the host team will compete in the Championship tournament.
“On behalf of the Creston Valley Thunder Cats’ Board of Directors, as well as our coaching staff and volunteers, I would like to express our excitement to host the 2017 Cyclone Taylor Cup in the Creston Valley,” commented Michael Moore, President, Creston Valley Thunder Cats. “It’s an honour to be chosen to represent the KIJHL, and we look forward to welcoming fans from all over the province and showcasing our tremendous support the Thunder Cats and Junior hockey receive in our great community.”
Added Brian Harrison, the BC Hockey Junior B Coordinator: “Since Junior B hockey thrives in many small towns in BC, we were thrilled to receive such a strong application from Creston to host the 2017 Cyclone Taylor Cup.
“Creston has been a long-time supporter of Junior B hockey and because of that support, we are confident they will be outstanding hosts. We are very much looking forward to showcasing the best teams in BC, competing to be Cyclone Taylor Cup champions in Creston.”
The Cyclone Taylor Cup rotates throughout the three Jr. B leagues in the province each year, and KIJHL president Bill Ohlhausen said he is excited to see the tournament come back to the KIJHL.
The Kimberley Dynamiters had submitted a bid to host the tournament, as the KIJHL is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary.
According to BC Hockey, a broad list of factors is reviewed when examining host bids for the Cyclone Taylor Cup, including but not limited to: presented budget, volunteer pool, media, ticketing and sponsorship.
The 2015 Cyclone Taylor Cup was hosted by the Victoria Cougars from April 7 – 10, 2016 in Victoria, BC. The 100 Mile House Wranglers defeated the Cougars 5 – 4 in the gold medal game and went on capture the 2016 Western Canadian Keystone Cup with a 3 – 2 overtime win over the AGI Insurance Quakers.
With files from Taylor Rocca