Big changes for the BCIHL, Pack
The British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League’s (BCIHL) annual general meeting earlier this month in Castlegar produced some big changes, many of which affect the TRU WolfPack.
League governors decided to ditch the playoff-tournament format and implement playoff rounds consisting of three-game series.
Also nixed are regular-season tie games, which will now be decided via 4-on-4 overtime or, if needed, a shootout.
“The adoption of a playoffs and the addition of overtime and shootouts are exciting developments for our fans and athletes,” BCIHL president Kim Verigin said.
“It was positive to see our teams working together to overcome a number of logistical challenges and move forward with these changes.”
League governors also approved a rule that allows BCIHL squads to have junior B affiliates.
Junior B clubs, such as the Kamloops Storm of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, can loan players to BCIHL squads, such as the WolfPack, for up to four games.
The junior B players that suit up for their affiliate club must be enrolled in at least one course at the affiliate club’s institution, said Chris Hans, the WolfPack’s general manager.
Hans was appointed to the BCIHL executive committee at the AGM, replacing Jeff Dubois, head coach of the Selkirk College Saints.