September 16, 2014 - 4:30 PM
PENTICTON - The stands were full with fans ready for a good ol' hockey game at the South Okanagan Events Centre this past weekend, when the Vancouver Canucks hosted the Young Stars Classic.
Young prospects from the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, and Winnipeg Jets played a series of games in the tournament, and sold out the arena on Friday night.
“Penticton is good at hosting world-class events. (The events centre) is a great venue, it’s a great opportunity to be in a city that’s so welcoming,” said Canucks President Trevor Linden in a video interview, Friday.
Penticton is no stranger to these NHL teams — Penticton has been the host city of the Young Stars Classic for four consecutive years and in 2010, hosted the Canucks training camp.
Carla Steddon, with the SOEC said Linden expressed interest in bringing the team to Penticton once again during a meeting on Friday, Sept. 12. Linden said he likes to keep training camp outside the team’s hometown of Vancouver, and Penticton would be a contender to host again. He said Kamloops and Prince George have also been considered, because the team needs to get in front of fans all over B.C.
The fans definitely enjoyed all the hockey action in town over the weekend, and their reactions on social media show tremendous support for the event.
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