For Immediate Release
October 26, 2021
Saanichton, BC – 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 Delta Ice Hawks and the city of Delta will host the 2022 Cyclone Taylor Cup from April 7-10, 2022, with all the game action taking place at the Ladner Leisure Centre.
The four-team tournament will see the champions from KIJHL, PJHL and VIJHL along with the host, Delta Ice Hawks battle it out in hopes of hoisting the Cyclone Taylor Cup as B.C.’s Provincial Junior B Champions. The teams will compete in six round-robin games, followed by Bronze and Gold Medal games.
“The Ice Hawks are honoured to be hosting this season’s Cyclone Taylor Cup,” said Eduard Epshtein, Owner and President of the Delta Ice Hawks, “and to welcome the teams and families from around the province to Delta. We are looking forward to making the provincial tournament a memory to last a lifetime for players and fans, while showcasing the great facilities, accommodations, and businesses that Delta has to offer,”
The city of Delta is located on the southwestern coast of British Columbia and is a part of the Lower Mainland Region and Greater Vancouver. This will be the fifth time that Delta will have compete for the Cyclone Taylor Cup, and the first time in the host’s role. The Ice Hawks claimed the championship once, in 2011 tournament.
“We are extremely pleased to see the Delta Ice Hawks selected to host the 2022 Cyclone Taylor Cup at the Ladner Leisure Centre,” the City of Delta Mayor George V. Harvie said. “This is a great opportunity to showcase the Ice Hawks, our local hockey community, and this vibrant city. We look forward to welcoming visitors, players, coaches, and officials to Delta – I’ll be cheering for the Ice Hawks from the stands!”
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Delta Ice Hawks were selected to host the 2021 Cyclone Taylor Cup. Once the event was cancelled, the team immediately indicated their interest in hosting the event in the future. After consultation with BC Hockey and the three leagues involved in the tournament, the 2022 Cyclone Taylor Cup was again awarded to the Ice Hawks.
“Hockey everywhere was effected by the pandemic,” PJHL Commissioner Trevor Alto said. “We had two seasons cut short and lost two Cyclone Taylor Cups. It was disappointing for everyone, but particularly for the Ice Hawks. However, this did not deter their organization or their desire to host this tournament. They were unwavering in their willingness to pick up where they left off and to host a first-class event in our new environment.”
The 2021-22 event will be held in accordance with any Provincial Health orders that may be in place at the time of the event. The Ice Hawks host committee and the PJHL will be working closely with the Provincial Health Authorities and the City of Delta to ensure this event is able to be hosted in a safe and successful manner.
The Cyclone Taylor Cup
The Cyclone Taylor Cup has been completed 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 2019, hosted by the Campbell River Storm and was won by the Revelstoke Grizzlies of the KIJHL. 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.
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We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia