Langley, BC - The Langley Rivermen have won their first ever playoff series defeating the Surrey Eagles in six games to advance to the Mainland division final where they will face the Coquitlam Express with game one of the best-of-seven series set to begin Friday night.
With the Langley Events Centre unavailable, it’s a return to Langley’s BCHL roots at the George Preston Recreation Centre, the former home of the Langley Lords, Thunder, and Hornets.
“Returning to the George Preston Recreation Centre is nostalgic, it’s a building with plenty of history including BCHL playoffs,” said Rivermen Director of Operations, Taylor Henderson.
“The Preston family has a long history of community building in Langley and we are honoured to play in the arena that bears George Preston’s name. We would obviously prefer to play in our home building at the Langley Events Centre, but due to circumstances out of our control this is not possible. We will be bridging the past with the present with a brief return to George Preston and hope the people of Langley will join us for what will be an exciting start to the division final series.”
Built in 1973, the previously named Civic Centre has seen thousands of children grow up in the rink playing their minor hockey there and watching BCHL action. The facility was renamed to honour George Preston in 2005.
Tickets are available on site only at the George Preston Recreation Centre, located at 20699 42 Ave in Langley. Puck drop for game 1 is 7:15pm Friday with game 2 Saturday night at 7:15pm, also at George Preston.
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