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Hockey Canada and VIJHL Rulebooks

The HC Playing Rules 2022-2024 is the base document for all hockey played in Canada.

The Junior Supplement is a supporting document that outlines specific variations from the base rules and specific suspension guidelines that apply to Junior B teams in the VIJHL.

Our hope that is that these documents help you to better understand the calls made on the ice and the disciplinary actions taken by the league.

Click the image to access the document.

2023 Cyclone Taylor Cup

BC Hockey along with the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League
(KIJHL), the Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL) and the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey
League (VIJHL) are pleased to announce that the Revelstoke Grizzlies and the city of
Revelstoke will host the 2023 Cyclone Taylor Cup from April 13-16, 2023.

The four-team tournament will see the champions from KIJHL, PJHL and VIJHL along with the
host Revelstoke Grizzlies, battle it out in hopes of hoisting the Cyclone Taylor Cup as B.C.’s
Provincial Junior B Champions.

“I’d like to congratulate the City of Revelstoke and the Grizzlies organization on being named as
the host of the 2023 Cyclone Taylor Cup,” KIJHL Commissioner Jeff Dubois said, “With their
outstanding fan support and recent track record for championship hockey, there’s no doubt
Revelstoke will make for an outstanding host community and team for this event”

The 2023 tournament will mark the fifth time that the Grizzlies will compete for the Cyclone
Taylor Cup, and their first time in the role of host team. Revelstoke claimed the Cup in 1998,
2010 and 2019. They also finished third in the 2022 tournament after winning
the KIJHL Championship.

“I’d like to thank all the members of our Cyclone Taylor Cup bid committee for their time and
effort that has brought this prestigious event to Revelstoke,” said Ryan Parent, General
Manager & Head Coach of the Revelstoke Grizzlies. “Our community has become well-known
for its tremendous support of junior hockey and we’re excited to showcase that next April!”

The city of Revelstoke is home to over 8,000 people and is located in southeastern British
Columbia. It is situated along the Columbia River between the Monashee and Selkirk Mountain
ranges. The tournament will be held at the 1,000 seat Revelstoke Forum, which also serves as
the Grizzlies’ home arena.

“Revelstoke has a long history of hockey and the Grizzlies have been a big part of our
community for more than 20 years,” Gary Sulz, Mayor, City of Revelstoke said. “I am very

excited that the Revelstoke Grizzlies junior hockey team will be hosting the 2023 Cyclone Taylor
Cup.”

The 2022-23 event will be held in accordance with any Provincial Health orders that may be in
place at the time of the event. The Grizzlies host committee and the KIJHL will be working
closely with the Provincial Health Authorities and the City of Revelstoke to ensure this event is
able to be hosted in a safe and successful manner.
Schedule and ticket packages information will be announced in the future. For more information,
please visit: https://www.kijhl.ca.

The Cyclone Taylor Cup
The Cyclone Taylor Cup has been competed for since 1967. The tournament serves as the
British Columbia Provincial Junior B Hockey Championship. The annual tournament is held
amongst the champions of the PJHL, KIJHL, and VIJHL, as well as the host team of the event.
The last time the event was held was in 2022, hosted by the Delta Ice Hawks and was won by
the Langley Trappers of the PJHL. Planning and coordination for this event has been a
collaboration of BC Hockey and the three leagues involved in the tournament, KIJHL, PJHL and
VIJHL, representing forty-three teams in British Columbia.

Storm Announce Leadership Group

By Mark Berry

The Campbell River Storm unveiled their 2022-2023 Leadership group last
weekend.

Twenty year old Davis Frank is team Captain. In a surprise move before the
morning skate on Friday, his mother Leslie, father Danny and brother Dawson
presented Davis with the ‘C’ in the dressing room. “It was pretty exciting and a
special moment”, said Storm Head Coach Lee Stone adding, “we thought it would
be a nice touch to do something that would make a real memory for Dave.”
Number 18 broke into the VIJHL as a 15 year old affiliate playing with brother
Dawson. That season, Davis contributed to a Storm league championship (11
points in 14 regular season, playoff and Cyclone Taylor Cup games). Into his sixth
year playing junior hockey including a stint in the BCHL and 8 games at the
Cyclone, Davis has accumulated 110 points.

The Alternate Captains were also named; they are three year vet Kal Nagy from
the Cowichan Valley, 20 year old Dylan Franklin from Lake Cowichan and
sophomore Carter De Boer from Taber Alberta. Quinn Messer and Justin Gyori will
share an ‘A’.

Looking for Director of Player Safety – APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Director of Player Safety

Requirements include an understanding of VIJHL Bylaws and Policies, Junior B Supplement , BC Hockey and Canada Hockey applicable rules and regulations .

 

Specific Duties include but are not limited to:

-provide disciplinary judgements that impact member teams and athletes

-complete an automatic review process of any infraction that results in an automatic suspension or contributes to a suspension based on accumulation of multiple infractions

-review and decide if needed increase suspensions over and above minimums provided in Junior B Supplement

-accept and review member team requests for review of infractions that may have been missed in the course of the game

 

Please contact VIJHL President, Simon Morgan at president@vijhl.com

VIJHL Board of Governors Update for 2022-2023 Season

The VIJHL Board of Governors have completed their Annual General Meetings and there are some exciting changes coming in 22-23 for VIJHL fans.

Most notable for the fans is the adoption of a new schedule format that will see the schedule reduced to 48 games.

Non-Divisional opponents will face each other four times next season, up from two in 21-22. Each non-divisional opponent will play two home and two road games against each other next season. The balance of the 48 games will be played inside the divisions.

“Divisional games are always exciting, but this move allows a little more diversity in the schedule. Fans always love seeing the out-division teams pay a visit to their local rink and this will limit the need for a team to see the same divisional opponent for 9 or 10 games in a season” said VIJHL President Simon Morgan.

The decision to drop to 48 games will provide VIJHL players with a little more rest in-season and allow clubs to have more prime night home games.

The league also announced they would begin the search for a head of player safety and discipline. The paid position will be in charge of reviewing all major penalties and determining what supplemental discipline, if any is required. “Player safety is always one of the most talked about issues at our governor meetings and we feel having a dedicated person in-charge of supplemental discipline will be a great step forward for our league and our players.” Said Morgan.

With a new head of discipline being added, the move also allows the Board’s Steering Committee to return to its original purpose of helping grow the VIJHL with a renewed focus on the business of the league including growing sponsorships and helping clubs have more of an impact in their local markets. The 2022-2023 VIJHL Steering Committee is comprised of Linda Lahtinen of the Campbell River Storm, David Michaud of the Port Alberni Bombers, and Laura Peltier of the Saanich Predators.

While the schedule changes will be the most noticeable change the players and fans will see, Morgan added that the league continues to make tweaks to enhance the overall product for players and fans. “Most of the work done by the board behind the scenes will go unnoticed by fans, however it’s crucial to keep moving our league forward. We have a tremendous group of owners and governors who take great pride in the VIJHL and what we bring to Vancouver Island in terms of opportunities for players and community involvement.

The 2022-2023 VIJHL season is set to get started in early September with a schedule announcement coming a little later in the summer.

In the meantime, fans are encouraged to sit back, relax, and have a great summer, but before you do all of that, make sure you’re picking up a season ticket for your local VIJHL team.

2021 – 2022 VIJHL Playoff Format

At a Governor’s meeting in September, the playoff format for this season was agreed upon.

For the 2021/2022 season it has been determined that playoffs will be as follows:

a)    The top three teams of each division (based on league point standing) will participate in the playoffs.

b)    The remaining 2 South teams and 3 North teams will be ranked together based on league point standings.

c)    The top 2 teams in this ranking will participate in the playoffs (3 teams eliminated)

i.   If 2 North teams are selected, the most southerly geographical North division team will participate in the South division’s first 2 rounds of playoffs and will be seeded in the South rankings based on League points.

ii.        If 2 South teams are selected, the most northerly geographical South division team will participate in the North division’s first 2 rounds of playoffs and will be seeded in the North rankings based on League

d)    All series will be seven games and the highest placed team will have home ice advantage.

e)    The first two rounds of the playoffs will be intra-divisional

f)     First round: In each division, the first place team will play the fourth place team and the second and third will play off.

g)    Second round: the winners of round 1 face each other within their division.

h)    Third round: the winner of the North Division vs the Winner of the South Division.

PREDATORS MAKE A COACHING CHANGE

 

On behalf of the Saanich Predators ownership team, Ed Geric and Norm Kelly.

Effective immediately, bench boss Brent Polischuk has been relieved from his duties as Head Coach and General Manager of the Saanich Predators. Victoria native Cody Carlson will take over immediately as the Pred’s new Head Coach and GM.

Cody joins the team leadership after an extensive hockey career that started with minor hockey at JDF and turned into a successful professional career with more than 600 games played. Drafted 21st in the first round of the 2006 WHL Draft, Cody spent five seasons with the Western Hockey League before starting his nine-year pro career that included two years in the ECHL, and seven years in European leagues. Cody played his last three seasons with the ASC Corona Brasov in Romania before returning to Victoria and taking on the Assistant Coach and Assistant GM roles for the Kerry Park Islanders for the 2021 / 2022 season. He has also worked as a skill development coach for various programs including the Victoria Grizzlies development camps.

The Preds are grateful to Brent Polischuk for his time with the team and wish a warm welcome to Coach Cody Carlson who will be on the bench for the team’s next game Friday October 15 at Pearkes Arena, where they’ll be facing off against the Westshore Wolves. The Saanich Predators have played 14 games so far in the 2021/2022 season with five wins and eight losses.

Originally posted on https://saanichpreds.com/

Bombers Fall to Glacier Kings 5-2

The Port Alberni Bombers were unable to continue their winning ways. As they fell to the Comox Valley Glacier 5-2 on Saturday night. The same team the Bombers defeated on Wednesday night to get their first win in franchise history.

The first period saw the Bombers and Glacier Kings exchange goals. Both of which were on the powerplay. Glacier Kings forward Logan Furlong would score first, but Bombers forward Nathan MacDonald would respond on the powerplay as well. Leaving it tied 1-1 heading into intermission.

The second period saw another exchange of goals between the two teams. Glacier Kings would be the first to take the lead 2-1 from Ryan Telford. But the Bombers would respond once again on the powerplay from Nathan MacDonald once again for his second goal of the game. The period would with another stalemate at 2-2 going into the third period.

In the third period, the Glacier Kings would take over and score three unanswered goals. The first was from Jeremy Dewar on the powerplay and the final two were from Telford to secure the hat-trick making it a 5-2 final score.

The Bombers record is now 1-5-1 and are set to play the Peninsula Panthers Wednesday, October 6th at 7:00 PM at the Alberni Valley Multiplex.

Tickets will cost $10 per adult and $5 for those under the age of 18. However, if you’re under 18 and are accompanied by an adult, you’ll be able to watch the game for free. Special thanks to the San Group.

And if you’re unable to make it, you can catch the game live on HockeyTV as well as Mixlr. Links for the broadcast will be down below.

COVID-19 regulations and restrictions will be in place at the arena.