Congratulations are in order for the Fernie Ghostriders as they've been named the host of next year's Cyclone Taylor Cup. The bidding came down to Fernie, Nelson and Penticton. Fernie will be a proud and successful home of the 2011 BC Junior B provincials. It's unfortunately another let down for Nelson as the Leafs were finalists for this tournament just as they were for this year's Keystone Cup. Kamloops is hosting the Keystone. I felt all along that Nelson and Fernie were the two cities who would do the best job hosting the tournaments and it's too bad that one of the cities had to go without.
I'd certainly rather have seen the Leafs get one event while Fernie got the other. Instead all the local KIJHL teams will have to get to both tournaments the old fashioned way... by winning. Nelson made it to the Cyclone Taylor Cup last year and was a game away from the Keystone. Beaver Valley has a fairly recent Cyclone Taylor Cup on their resume. Given the strength of the Neil Murdoch Division this season I would certainly say that any team coming out of it would be a favourite for the KIJHL championship. I guess we'll see.
Don't forget tonight in the BCHL your Smoke Eaters are back in action against the Victoria Grizzlies. Trail beat Victoria 4-0 back in December but the Grizzlies were at the end of their long road trip and will be tougher to beat tonight. We'll have the broadcast for you from Victoria on Mountain FM brought to you by Nelson Ford. It's 104.1 FM in Trail and available at www.mountainfm.net
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