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Penticton mayor is betting the Vees will win the BCHL

Maor John Vassilaki has accepted a friendly bet against Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog.
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Penticton Mayor John Vassilaki will have to wear enemy colours to an upcoming council meeting if his local hockey team doesn’t win the BCHL championship.

Tomorrow, May 13, is game one between the Penticton Vees and Nanaimo Clippers in the final found of the playoffs. The winner of the best-of-seven series will claim the title of the Fred Page Cup.

Vassilaki agreed to the very Canadian-style bet which was issued by Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog, according to a press release from the City of Penticton. Both men are gambling their pride and ego on a wager that their team will win the series. The loser has to bear the shame of his defeated hockey team by wearing the victor’s jersey to the first council meeting after the final game.

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A few local touches have been added into the bet as well.

After the Vees win the series, Nanaimo will send a plate of their world-famous Nanaimo Bars to a Penticton council meeting.

“Blue is going to look good on Mayor Krog and I’m looking forward to those tasty Nanaimo bars,” Mayor Vassilaki said in the release.

“This is just a fun way to support all the hard work that the players on both teams have put in over the last year. Each team has faced a lot of obstacles and both councils are proud of all they’ve accomplished. But there can only be one winner: Go Vees, go!”

Krog appears to be equally as cocky.

"The Clippers have had one heck of a season and I can't wait to celebrate this final win seeing Mayor Vassilaki wearing a Nanaimo Clippers Jersey during an upcoming council meeting," he said in a City of Nanaimo press release

If Nanaimo manages to win, Penticton will send a bottle of wine their way.

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Both teams are forces to be reckoned with. The Vees and Clippers will match up after advancing through the three previous rounds of the playoffs with ease. The Clippers are undefeated having won all 12 of their playoff games so far, and the Vees have lost just one of 13.

It will be the seventh time in BCHL history the two teams have met up in the finals.

The Vees will get home-ice advantage because Penticton finished first in the BCHL regular season with a record of 43-8-1. Nanaimo placed third in the Coastal Division with a record of 33-17-3.


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