President of the Fort St. John Senior Flyers Paul van Nostrand said the club may have to take on Whitehorse in a mini playoff series to determine who represents the region in the tournament.
“We’re very happy they were awarded the Coy Cup. I know that’s been a goal of Ryan [Carter] and the community of Fort Nelson for quite some time since they got their team going. Our plans are that we may have to play a playoff series with Whitehorse. There is talk of Whitehorse perhaps having a team in AA. If that’s the case we may have to host them for a two game total points series,” he explained.
Two representatives will come from the interior, and another will come from the Flyers zone, plus the host Fort Nelson Yeti will be taking part. The Flyers hosted the event back in 1995 and have competed in the tournament a number of times over the years but have never won it.
As for the upcoming year van Nostrand has high hopes and hopes to get rid of the bad memory of a first round playoff exist last year at the hands of Spirit River.
“We’re really looking forward to it that’s for sure. We left last season with a bit of a sour taste. We played very well but were beat by a very good hockey team in Spirit River. It was a very fun year with a lot of new faces. We have quite a few new faces out this year and we’re very upbeat about the season and we’re going to take a hard run at the North Peace Hockey League championship and take a real hard run at winning the Coy Cup,” he said.
The first game action for the Flyers will be next weekend with two exhibition games at the North Peace Arena on Saturday and Sunday against the Fort Nelson Yeti. The Flyers will drop the puck on their NPHL season on November 1 on the road against Falher.