July 08, 2016 - 3:00 PM
PENTICTON - Mark your calendars, the Penticton Vees open their 2016-17 British Columbia Hockey League season on September 10th.
Penticton will head up to the Cariboo to open the schedule, as they pay a visit to the Prince George Spruce Kings on Saturday, September 10th. The Vees will be spending quite a bit of time on the iron lung in September, as their first seven games are all on the road.
The Vees make a trip down to the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island the following weekend, making stops in Powell River, Alberni Valley and Cowichan Valley, September 16th-18th. Then it’s a trip to the Fraser Valley for the annual BCHL Bauer Showcase in Chilliwack, where the Vees play Langley and Prince George, on September 22nd and 23rd. The road odyssey ends with a game against the RBC Cup champion West Kelowna Warriors at Royal LePage Place on September 30th.
Penticton opens the doors at the SOEC on Saturday, October 1st when they face the Trail Smoke Eaters in their home opener. The Vees have 18 prime nights at home this season, six Friday games, 12 on Saturdays and nine “Wicked Wednesday” games, and they also have one Sunday matinee. Friday and Wednesday games will be at 7pm and Saturdays will once again be 6 pm face-offs.
Once again it’s a 58-game regular season schedule, consisting of 28 home and 28 road games, plus two games at the annual BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack in September; the Vees play Langley and Prince George at that event. It’s a full interlocking schedule, meaning the Vees play the other 16 BCHL teams at least twice, once at home and once on the road.
As mentioned, the Vees open the regular season September 10th in Prince George, with the regular season finale February 24th in Chilliwack. Penticton’s last game before the Christmas break is December 17th in Salmon Arm, before returning to action December 30th against Merritt at the SOEC. Their final home game of the regular season is Sunday, February 19th, against Victoria; that’s a 2 pm face-off.
Vernon makes their first visit to the SOEC on November 11th, West Kelowna on January 11th, Salmon Arm December 2nd and Merritt on October 7th. The two-time defending Island Division Champion Nanaimo Clippers pay a visit on October 15th and last season’s Fred Page Cup finalist, the Chilliwack Chiefs, come to town on November 26th.
Single game ticket prices remain unchanged, adults are $13 and seniors are $11. Students 18 and under and children are free, courtesy of Peter Bros. Construction
For more information on the Penticton Vees, including the full 2016-17 schedule vist the Vee's website.
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