The BC Hockey Executive Committee spring meetings led to the approval of a new policy on Spring Hockey programs and the relocation of two Junior clubs for the 2010-2011 season.
The Junior B Chase Chiefs of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) will play out of the Kelowna (Rutland) area next season. The move had previously gained the endorsement of the League governors and was necessitated by a residential move by team ownership. The Chiefs finished fourth in the Okanagan Division this past season, posting 56 points over the 50 game regular season and knocked off the Kamloops Storm in the Division Semi-Finals before ending their playoff run with a 4-2 series loss to the eventual Western Canadian Champion Revelstoke Grizzlies in the Division Final.
There is also a team on the move at the Junior A level as the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) Burnaby Express will return to their former home in Coquitlam for the coming season. The move is viewed as a step in the right direction for the club, after struggling to last place finish in the BCHL’s Coastal Conference this year. A return to the playoffs is in the plans as the team hopes to rekindle its past playoff success (National Championship, 2005-2006) and grow their fan support with the move back to Coquitlam, where the franchise originated in 2001.