Fort St. John Flyers prepare bid to host Coy Cup

When you’re the last team standing, what’s left to prove?

The Fort St. John Flyers have raised the Senior Men’s AA Provincial Championship trophy— the Coy Cup in each of the past two seasons and will look to earn the right to do the same again in 2017.

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This time though, the team will look to do it in their own backyard, as the club plans to submit a bid to BC Hockey to host the 2017 Coy Cup.

Team president Paul Van Nostrand confirmed to the Alaska Highway News on Sunday that the Flyers will look to host the tournament and are in the process of putting together a package that includes a brief history of the team, some pictures of the facilities, other events that have been hosted here and some of the amenities the city has to offer.

BC Hockey began accepting letters of intent to host the tournament on July 27 and clubs have between now and August 26 to submit their bids. The bids will then be reviewed between August 26 and September 9, before BC Hockey decides where the tournament will be held from March 21-25, 2017.

As the host, the Flyers would receive an automatic bid into the tournament. They also received an automatic bid last year based on their long-standing relationship with BC Hockey and as the defending champions of the tournament.

The last time the Flyers hosted a major senior hockey tournament was the Senior Men's AAA provincial championship in 2011, the Savage Cup. The Flyers beat Prince George in the final.

The Flyers also hosted the Canadian National Senior Men's Championship Allan Cup in 2010. They went on the win that tournament, downing the Bentley Generals 4-1 in the final.

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