Four indoor teams to play in seven-week streak starting Friday – BCHL

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All four of the Okanagan and Shuswap teams of the BC Hockey League will have something tangible to play during what the league calls “extended training camp”.

The West Kelowna Warriors, Penticton Vees, Vernon Vipers and Salmon Arm Silverbacks will play a 12-game seven-week series starting Friday night.

The games will be played mostly on weekends, culminating with the Okanagan Cup Championship game on Saturday, November 14.

The teams will compete against each other four times during the tournament.

This tournament and several other tournaments take place in the BCHL, as teams look to keep their players engaged and together before the start of the regular season, scheduled for early December.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions limiting the number of people who can attend events, fans will not be allowed in buildings on game nights.

The maximum of 50 includes players, coaches and officials on and off the ice.

“We are very happy to be back to play games and not just exhibition games, these are meaningful games,” said Warriors president Chris Laurie.

“The Okanagan Cup will have four strong rivals competing for a unique title. It is unfortunate that our fans are not allowed to enter the building to support our team, but all of our games will be broadcast online on HockeyTV and some on Shaw TV.

“Game highlights will be posted on our website and social media platforms after the games. ”

The teams have already completed a training camp and, for the most part, have reduced their numbers to or near the 25-player limit.

The tournament begins this Friday night with the Warriors hosting Vernon and Salmon Arm to entertain Penticton.

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