The Saskatchewan Hockey Association reverses its decision to allow a combined CIHL team to represent BC in the Western Canada Senior AA Men’s Championships.
Steve Prpich, Senior Chair of the Saskatchewan Hockey Association (SHA) has reversed his decision to allow the CIHL to represent BC with a team made up from players from around the league. Branches from Alberta and Manitoba have expressed concern their regular club teams would be playing what would amount to an all-star team from BC. The SHA has requested that any team that represents BC will have to have earned the right to do so. This means that the team that wins the Coy Cup will represent BC.
This decision may cause BC to not be represented at the Western Canada Championships. The time and cost associated with travelling to Meadow Lake Saskatchewan (host of the Western Canadian Senior AA Men’s Championships) may not allow BC teams to participate. When originally asked by Bob James, BCAHA, Director Senior Men’s Division to put a team together Bobby Love, CIHL President accepted the challenge (refer to the December 2004 article “ CIHL to represent BC in the Western Championships ”). “The likelihood of getting enough players to represent the CIHL would be much greater if we canvassed all eight teams in the league instead of asking just the winner”, Love said.
The CIHL Executive is currently determining which of its eight teams would be willing to represent BC should they win the Coy Cup. A decision on this matter is pending feed-back from CIHL Team Executives. “While we are hopeful that the two CIHL teams that will be attending the Coy Cup will be able to represent BC there are many factors to consider”, said Love. When asked if the CIHL would be able to provide some financial assistance to a CIHL team that is given the chance to go to the Western Canada Championship, Love stated “that is matter that the league executive and General Managers have to decide should we even get a team to identify their willingness to attend”.
CIHL to represent BC in the Western Championships
The Central Interior Hockey League has been asked by Bob James, Director of the BCAHA, Senior Men’s Division, to represent British Columbia at the Western Championships in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan. The tournament is slated for April 6 – 10, 2005. Senior AA Men’s Championship teams from Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan as well as the host team, Meadow Lake, will be represented at the tournament.
Due to the amount of travel and scheduling issues for many players an all-star team will be sent from the CIHL. Players from the CIHL interested in playing in the tournament are to express their interest to Bobby Love, League President, by January 30, 2005. In the event that there are too many players, a selection process will be implemented to choose those players who will be representing the CIHL.
The format of the tournament is a Modified Round Robin with each team playing two games. The playoff round would have 1 play 4 and 2 play three with a one game final on Sunday.
The CIHL would like to thank Bob James for allowing the CIHL the opportunity to represent British Columbia in the Western Championships.
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