Landing the event vindicates the efforts of the Fort Nelson hockey community according to Fort Nelson Yeti captain and president Ryan Carter.
“I think it’s really justifying what we’re trying to do here. He had a really good showing in the tournament last year and had a couple of really good games with the team that ended up winning it. We’re trying to build our program here and with getting turned down from the North Peace Hockey League two years in a row it assures us that we have a strong club here,” he explained. “We’re going to be hosting this tournament and hockey is really thriving up here. Our goal is to still hopefully join that league somewhere down the road and this showcases our ability to host the biggest tournament in B.C. up here.”
Fort Nelson has been working hard in trying to secure the right to host the tournament and they were notified earlier this week that the bid put forward was successful.
“We’ve been working close with B.C. Hockey over the past couple of months with putting our bid in. We knew there was a high probability we’d be hosting so they had meetings this past weekend and they gave us a call and let us know that it would be getting announced this week,” Carter said.
The tournament will be huge for the Fort Nelson community and will likely be the largest and most prestigious hockey event that it has hosted.
“This will be most likely the largest hockey tournament that we’ve held here and the highest level of hockey. It’s going to be real exciting for our town. We’ve got a new arena and we’ve got tremendous support with our team. Even the month prior there’s been lots of people asking about it and there’s an excitement to it already,” Carter stated.
The Coy Cup serves as the B.C. Provincials for AA hockey. The trophy was donated to B.C. Hockey by Colonel Coy of the 50th Gordon Highlanders, of Victoria B.C. The trophy was first awarded in 1923 to the Enderby Hockey Club.