Another lengthy Canadian Junior Hockey League season is about to wrap up. The 2016-17 season had kicked off last August when exhibition games started being staged across the province in the 10 Junior A leagues that make up the CJHL.
The Penticton Vees went the seven-game maximum in each of their playoff series on route to the Fred Page Cup Championship by defeating the Chilliwack Chiefs in Game 7 Tuesday night by a score of 1-0.
The stage is set for the 2017 Fred Page Cup Finals opening Friday night in Chilliwack as the host Chiefs are set to take on the Penticton Vees.
A not-so-funny thing happened to the Penticton Vees last year en route to their anticipated appearance at the national championships. After posting one of their best regular seasons ever in the British Columbia Hockey League, the Vees were expected to move on and advance to the Canadian tourney, which was held in Lloydminster.
Typically, when a Western Hockey League team makes a draft selection in the first round, it goes without saying that the draft pick has committed to playing in the league.
The British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) has long been considered one of the major feeding systems for the NCAA Division 1 men's hockey programs and the team currently leading the way is the Penticton Vees.
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