BCHL 60th Anniversary

Event Dates:
  • Fri January 14, 2022 12:00 AM
  • Sat January 15, 2022 12:00 AM
  • Sun January 16, 2022 12:00 AM
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The 2021-22 season is the 60th anniversary for the BCHL and the league has announced plans to celebrate the milestone and honour the rich history of the league going back to its inception in 1961.

The league’s 60th Anniversary plans include an outdoor event, retro jerseys for each team, a retro theme night in each building and plenty of digital content taking a look back at the past 60 years.

“We are thrilled to announce our plans to honour the league’s history for our 60th Anniversary season starting in the fall,” said BCHL Commissioner Chris Hebb. “The BC Hockey League has been a huge part of British Columbia’s culture since all the way back to 1961, producing top-end hockey players, great people and fantastic stories as well. Over the past 60 years, the BCHL has also grown into the largest Canadian feeder league for college hockey with the majority of players receiving scholarships to play at the NCAA Division I level. We are excited to take a look back at how we got to this point and we think the fans will enjoy it just as much as us.”

60th Anniversary event

The 60th Anniversary event will be an outdoor all-star weekend featuring a 3-on-3 all-star game, a skills competition an alumni game and much more. The event will take place from Jan. 14 to 16, 2022 and will be held at a newly built outdoor arena in downtown Penticton.

The BC Hockey League (BCHL) has added another element to its 60th Anniversary All-Star Weekend in January with the announcement of the BCHL Top Prospects Game on Jan. 14.

40 BCHL athletes will be chosen to participate in the game on the Friday night of the event. Players listed by NHL Central Scouting as draft prospects will receive automatic entry, while the remainder of the rosters will be filled out by current and future draft prospects, including elite 16-year-olds.

Players will be selected through a vote by B.C.-based amateur scouts.

“This addition to our 60th Anniversary event gives our athletes the chance to showcase their skills in front of NHL scouts, as well as NCAA coaches, while competing against the top players in our league,” said BCHL Deputy Commissioner Steven Cocker. “This weekend is a celebration of our league’s past as well as its present, but the Top Prospects game is a chance for us to also celebrate its future.”

While the All-Star Game will take place at a newly built outdoor rink in Downtown Penticton, the Top Prospects Game will be played on regulation-sized ice at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

“The BCHL’s 60th Anniversary season is setting up to be a unique celebration of the BCHL and everything it means to our communities,” said Graham Fraser, Chairman of the BCHL Board of Governors. “While we take a look back at the past 60 years, this all-star event will also give us the chance to recognize the present and all of the talented young athletes playing in our league. We would also like to extend our gratitude to the city of Penticton for supporting this event. We look forward to hosting everyone in Penticton in January.”

Retro Theme Nights

All 18 teams will host a retro theme night in their arena where they will pay tribute to their franchise’s history as well as hockey in the area. These theme nights will take place throughout the season and a full retro night schedule will be released in the coming weeks.

As part of the retro night celebrations, BCHL teams will don retro-designed jerseys based on team or regional history. Teams may choose to wear the retro jersey as an alternate for the entirety of the season or as a one-off specifically for the theme night.

Digital Content

The BCHL will produce digital content throughout the year that showcases the league’s history. This content will recognize specific eras, teams and players and be in the form of written pieces, video and more.

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Fans will have the chance to engage in several aspects of the 60th Anniversary season, including a fan-vote to fill out the all-star game rosters, to decide on the all-star jerseys and much more.