Powell River senior hockey club begin Coy Cup quest
Senior hockey club face Vancouver Island University at home on October 15-16
With a final schedule for the 2021/2022 hockey season still in the works, the Powell River Regals Hockey Club is set to welcome its first opponent in more than 20 months at Hap Parker Arena.
The University of Vancouver Island (VIU) Mariners will travel for a pair of exhibition games on Friday October 15 and Saturday October 16. According to Regals coach Tod English, in addition to VIU, the program will include home games against the University of Victoria. (UVIC) and Rossland leading to the qualifying series for the 2022 AA Coy Cup Senior Provincial Playoffs.
“We last played in February 2020 against Kelowna Sparta for the last place in the 2020 Coy Cup,” English said.
Sparta won this best-of-three qualifying series 2-0, with the Regals hosting both games, and qualified for the 2020 Coy Cup four-team championship tournament, which was canceled due to the pandemic. of coronavirus.
“It has been a learning experience in our journey to build momentum for the next games,” said English.
The pandemic stopped this momentum, but not the enthusiasm of the players and the organization for a return to the ice in 2021.
“We, like all adult sports, have had a year off due to COVID-19 restrictions and are excited to be back in competitive hockey,” English said. “We will also be traveling to Williams Lake, Quesnel and Rossland for away games, as well as Vancouver Island to face VIU and UVIC.
UVIC and VIU are both part of the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League, which includes Simon Fraser University and the Okanagan Lakers; the latter includes players registered with UBC Okanagan and Okanagan College.
Williams Lake, Quesnel and Rossland, along with the Regals, will be among the contenders for the 2022 Coy Cup.
English said that, like the Powell River Villa Soccer Club, the Regals will benefit from young athletes who stay in the qathet area or return home to work.
“With players like Tyler Carpendale and Jack Long just out of junior hockey, we’re looking to have a good mix of talent,” he added.
Veteran forward Joe Calderone has indicated he plans to retire after a successful 17-year career, according to English.
“Joe is one of the remaining players on the 2006 Allan Cup Canadian Championship winning team, and a member of 2007 Team Canada, which competed in the Belarusian Cup that year,” said English.
As part of the Regals team representing Canada in Belarus, Calderone faced national teams from the host country and Latvia, as well as Salavat Yulaev of Russia.
“He will change course for the training and development of our players,” added English.
The Regals vs. VIU start times for October 15 and 16 are to be announced.
A maximum of 850 fans will be allowed in each game, due to COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines from provincial health officials. All fans in attendance, aged 12 and over, must present a vaccination passport to enter and must wear a face mask inside the Powell River Recreation Complex and Hap Parker Arena.