The B.C. Hockey League relaunched its signature Showcase event with half of the games now to be played at Penticton’s South Okanagan Events Centre.

The four-day event, slated from Oct. 2-5, will now be known as the 2019 BCHL Showcase Festival presented by Bauer.

Each of the 17 BCHL teams will again play two games in the festival, with results from all games counting in the standings.

The first nine games of the event will be played Oct. 2-3 at the traditional venue of Prospera Centre in Chilliwack, and the last eight games at the SOEC Oct. 4-5.

The Vees will play both their games at the SOEC – Friday, Oct. 4 against the Vernon Vipers, and Saturday, Oct. 5 against the Wenatchee Wild. Both games start at 7 p.m., with the Vees designated as the actual “road” team for the Wenatchee game.

The games in Chilliwack will involve just Coastal Conference teams, while the games in Penticton will involve all seven Interior Conference teams, as well as the Mainland Division’s Prince George Spruce Kings for two games and the Coquitlam Express for one game.

The league has introduced several other changes to the event with the goal of increasing its profile going forward, including:

The creation of a Festival event to celebrate the official puck-drop to the hockey season in B.C. The event will now be called the BCHL Showcase Festival presented by Bauer.

The addition of the second venue in Penticton to host the league’s Interior teams for NCAA and NHL scouts.

A BC Hockey Festival in Penticton, which will include other levels of hockey in B.C. outside of Junior-A as well as several fan interaction areas to celebrate our great game.

A partnership with BC Hockey who will work with the league to increase the reach of the event, including the participation of minor hockey programs from across the province.

“Our Showcase has grown in stature since its inception in 2012 thanks to the great work done in Chilliwack and we feel the time is right to add another few layers to the proceedings,” said BCHL commissioner Chris Hebb. “From now on, the Showcase is going to be a marquee event to signify the beginning of the hockey season in our province.”

BC Hockey, the governing body of amateur hockey in British Columbia and the Yukon, will also be a key partner for the event.

The schedule for the Penticton segment of the Showcase is as follows (designated home team listed second):

October 4

Prince George vs. West Kelowna, 10 a.m.

Wenatchee vs. Salmon Arm, 1 p.m.

Merritt vs. Trail, 4 p.m.

Vernon vs. Vees, 7 p.m.

October 5

Salmon Arm vs. Coquitlam, 10 a.m.

Trail vs. Prince George, 1 p.m.

West Kelowna vs. Vernon, 4 p.m.

Vees vs. Wenatchee, 7 p.m.

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