British Columbia Hockey League completed its 2013 annual general
meeting last week in Richmond with a number of changes made to the
administration of the league moving forward.
league will conduct a 58-game season in 2013-14. Each club will play two
games that count in the standings at the Bauer BCHL Showcase Sept. 6 to
8 in Chilliwack and then play 28 home and 28 away dates to complete the
There is currently no playoff structure
that has been agreed upon for the upcoming campaign. Teams are being
asked to submit their ideas and a format will be announced prior to the
Second, the BCHL has changed its media policy
surrounding the Jan. 10 roster deadline. For any given transaction,
teams will be allowed to release information to media as soon as they
have made the league office aware that all players involved in that
transaction have been notified.
Third, with the BCHL signing
an equipment agreement with Bauer, all players must use the Bauer
Supreme Team Stick. Failure to comply will result in severe financial
penalties to the club. These will escalate with repeat offences. For
protective gear, teams are allowed to use up remaining new equipment
from previous seasons with the understanding that future orders will be
made through Bauer.
Finally, NHL linesman Brad Lazarowich
has officially joined the league’s officiating program as the associate
director of officiating to head director Derek Adams. Lazarowich was
able to monitor and provide mentorship to young officials last season
during the NHL lockout and will continue to be a resource to the BCHL in
developing the officiating program.
The BCHL regular season
schedule was formed tentatively among the coaches and governors at the
AGM; as there are several dates that need to be rearranged between
teams, the league hopes to have the final schedule out before the end of
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