Nitros to host 2024 Junior A Championship
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) announced Thursday that the Kimberley Dynamiters (KIJHL) will host the 2024 BC Hockey Junior A Championship, April 18-21, 2024.
BC Hockey said in a media release that the four-team tournament will follow the same format as the Cyclone Taylor Cup (B.C.’s Provincial Junior B Championship) in past years and will see the champions from KIJHL, PJHL and VIJHL, along with the host Kimberley Dynamiters, battle it out in hopes of being crowned BC Hockey Junior A champions.
“The Kimberley Dynamiters would like to thank BC Hockey and the selection committee for choosing us to host the BC Hockey Junior A Championship,” said James Leroux, President of the Kimberley Dynamiters.
“We are deeply honoured and excited by this announcement. This is an opportunity not only to showcase our passion for the sport, but also our organization’s commitment to excellence and sportsmanship. We look forward to welcoming athletes, fans and league representatives from across B.C., and we are dedicated to making this event a memorable and successful experience for everyone involved.”
Kimberley is the defending KIJHL champions and finished as runners-up in the Cyclone Taylor Cup final in 2023, dropping the gold medal game to the Revelstoke Grizzlies.
The Dynamiters have competed in four Cyclone Taylor Cup championships (2008 as host, 2015, 2018 and 2023).
The 2024 tournament will be played under the Junior A category, following the re-classification of all teams in the KIJHL, PJHL and VIJHL to Junior A Tier II back in July.
“The Kimberley Dynamiters are a flagship franchise in the KIJHL and are fully deserving of hosting the 2024 BC Hockey Junior A Championship,” KIJHL Commissioner Jeff Dubois said.
“During last season’s playoff run that saw Kimberley win the KIJHL Championship, the Dynamiters averaged well over 1,000 fans per game and twice eclipsed the 1,650 attendance mark. There is no doubt this event will be a tremendous showcase of Junior A hockey in B.C. that is well supported and attended by the host community.”
The tournament will be held at the Civic Centre in Kimberley, the Dynamiters’ home arena.
Schedule and ticket packages information will be announced in the future. For more information, please visit: https://www.kijhl.ca.