The Penticton outdoor rink will have some extra time ahead of its provincial debut after the BC Hockey League postponed its 60th anniversary for a year.
The event was scheduled to take place in Penticton January 14-16, 2022, but will now take place at a currently undetermined time in January 2023, the league announced on Thursday, December 23.
The postponement was decided after the increase in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks in the province and the health restrictions associated with the events.
The 60th anniversary was to include an outdoor 3v3 all-star streak, skills competition and alumni game, as well as a top prospects game.
“We are extremely disappointed to announce today’s news that, in the interest of public safety, we have decided to postpone our 60th anniversary event until next year,” said the commissioner of the BCHL, Chris Hebb, in a statement. “We are disappointed for our loyal fans who were planning to attend the event, but we feel the worst for the 50 players who were scheduled to participate in the weekend festivities.”
The outdoor game was also to be a Save Pond Hockey event, in partnership with the Climate and Sport Initiative.
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