FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies will be playing host to seven other teams in the spring of 2018, after being selected as the host city for the Alberta Provincial Junior B Hockey Championship.
The league winners from Alberta’s seven Junior ‘B’ hockey leagues, plus the host team compete for the Russ Barnes trophy, which was most recently won by the North Peace Navigators on April 4th. Huskies General Manager Jeremy Clothier said that the club began the process of applying for the rights to host the tournament in November of 2015. The club originally approached Hockey Alberta about landing the tournament at the end up the upcoming 2016-2017 NWJHL season in celebration of the Huskies’ 50th Anniversary, but ended up losing their bid to the St. Paul Canadiens, who are going into their 75th season this year. This will be the first time that the Huskies have hosted the tournament. Grande Prairie has previously hosted in 2014 and 2006, while Peace River and Dawson Creek have each hosted it once.
Clothier says that now that the team has won the rights to host the four-day event, the heavy lifting for the planning committee can begin. First order of business for the Huskies is to negotiate with the city about the use of one of the Pomeroy Sport Centre’s ice sheets, as the 8-team format requires two ice sheets.