For the first time since 1994, Fort St. John will host the Coy Cup as the best senior men’s AA teams in the province gather for the annual tournament.
The Fort St. John Flyers, winners of the 2015 and 2016 Coy Cups, will receive an automatic entry into the tournament, which will take place in March 2019. The exact dates are to be determined.
“The Fort St. John Senior Flyers Hockey Club wishes to thank the BC Hockey Board of Directors for selecting our organization to host the 2019 Coy Cup Senior AA Championship,” said team president Paul van Nostrand.
“The entire Flyers organization, including our executive, sponsors, volunteers and fans are extremely excited to host this prestigious event.”
The Flyers have been trying to host the Coy Cup for five years. Flyers General Manager Lee Hartman said he and van Nostrand attended the Coy Cup in 2014 to see what it would take to host one, and witnessed the tournament the next two years as the Flyers won.
The Flyers put in a bid to host the 2017 Coy Cup, but the nod went to Whitehorse. This year, everything came together for the Flyers to host it during the team's 60th season.
“It’s going to be a great Coy Cup, featuring some great hockey,” Hartman said.
Hartman said he’s not sure which teams or regions will qualify for the tournament. The Dawson Creek Sr. Canucks beat out the Flyers in a playdown for the 2018 Coy Cup in Williams Lake, and the Sr. Canucks went on to win the whole thing.
“Having Dawson Creek at the tournament would be great for us and our fans, it’s a great rivalry and would make for some great games,” said Hartman.
The Flyers’ training camp starts October 1, as the team prepares to defend its NPHL championship. Anyone interested in attending the camp can contact Hartman at 250-261-9865.
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