Friday, January 24, 2014

BCHL clarifies position on club operations after semiannual meeting

Press Release

After its semiannual board of governors meeting last week in Richmond, the British Columbia Hockey League is confirming its commitment to the player experience as plans are made for the 2014-15 season.

The league will continue current practices in terms of financing team operations.

“The BCHL remains committed to providing the maximum player development and exposure to scouting from the college and professional ranks,” said BCHL commissioner John Grisdale. “Our league has established a high standard for calibre of play and in offering opportunities for our players to advance to higher levels of the game. That will continue to be our focus.”

Franchise governors, through various sub-committee discussions leading into last week’s meeting, identified smarter practices that could be written into league regulations to increase efficiency in club operations.

“As a board of governors, we looked at a number of current practices that may not be necessary to the running of a team,” said board chairman Duncan Wray of the Vernon Vipers. “It is our hope that altering these practices will ensure the long-term stability of all our member clubs.”

The league also confirmed it will begin the 2014-15 season by holding its third Showcase event at Prospera Centre in Chilliwack. The dates are tentatively set for Sept. 5 to 7 but will be confirmed in the coming months.

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