The Creston Valley Thunder Cats have been selected by BC Hockey to host the 2017 Cyclone Taylor Cup from April 6-9, 2017. Creston's entry was selected from a number of bids submitted by KIJHL teams.
The Cyclone Taylor Cup is BC's Junior B championship, bringing together the champions from the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL), Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL), and Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) as well as the host team.
“On behalf of the Creston Valley Thunder Cats’ Board of Directors, as well as our coaching staff and volunteers, I would like to express our excitement to host the 2017 Cyclone Taylor Cup in the Creston Valley,” commented Thunder Cats President Michael Moore. “It’s an honour to be chosen to represent the KIJHL, and we look forward to welcoming fans from all over the province and showcasing our tremendous support the Thunder Cats and Junior hockey receive in our great community.”
As the hosts of the event, Thunder Cats fans can expect another competitive team on the ice for the 2016/17 season. Creston is one of five KIJHL programs that has reached the 100-win mark over the three previous regular seasons.
"We're fortunate that we have an excellent group of returning players set to be back, as well as some talented recruits," says Thunder Cats Head Coach/GM Jeff Dubois. "The job starts today building a team that will be ready to compete and win in such a challenging event. We will certainly be working hard to put a team on the ice that the entire community will be proud of."
This will be the first time that the Creston Valley has ever hosted the event, but the community is well-known for its enthusiasm for junior hockey and the Thunder Cats.
“Since Junior B hockey thrives in many small towns in BC, we were thrilled to receive such a strong application from Creston to host the 2017 Cyclone Taylor Cup,” said BC Hockey Junior Coordinator Brian Harrison. “Creston has been a long-time supporter of Junior B hockey and because of that support, we are confident they will be outstanding hosts. We are very much looking forward to showcasing the best teams in BC, competing to be Cyclone Taylor Cup champions in Creston.”
The four-team event rotates between BC's three Junior B leagues. The Nelson Leafs were the last KIJHL team to host in 2014, while Fernie (2011), Kimberley (2008) and Osoyoos (2005) are amongst other recent hosts of the event.
“We are excited to have the Cyclone Taylor Cup back in the KIJHL region next year,” commented KIJHL President Bill Ohlhausen.
The 2015 Cyclone Taylor Cup was hosted by the Victoria Cougars from April 7-10, 2016 in Victoria, BC. The 100 Mile House Wranglers defeated the Cougars 5-4 in the gold medal game and went on capture the 2016 Western Canadian Keystone Cup with a 3-2 overtime win over the AGI Insurance Quakers.
More information on the 2017 Cyclone Taylor Cup, including ticketing and sponsorship details, will be announced in the coming months.