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BCHL Showcase heading back to Chilliwack: Warriors and Merritt this weekend in possible playoff preview

The success of last September’s first ever BCHL Showcase – held in Chilliwack’s Prospera Centre and hosted by the Chilliwack Chiefs – has earned the city and team the right to host the event again in 2013.

BCHL Commissioner John Grisdale joined Showcase Co-Chairman Glen Ringdal, President of the Chiefs, and legendary Head Coach Harvey Smyl in making the announcement at a Prospera Centre Wednesday morning news conference.

"The inaugural Showcase surpassed our most optimistic expectations and the response we received from players, coaches and scouts was overwhelmingly positive," said Grisdale. "Fans, scouts and media are now familiar with the event so it makes perfect sense to bring it back to Prospera Centre in 2013.”

The event will see every BCHL team return to Chilliwack over the weekend of September 6 to 8 playing two games each – games that count toward season points.
The 2012 Showcase attracted over 200 scouts from every NHL team and most of the major universities and colleges of US and Canada.  At least a half dozen players received offers of University scholarships on the spot and dozens more offers have followed throughout the season from some of the finest schools in North America.  
“The BCHL is a developmental league – one that prepares young men for post-secondary education with hockey, or even a professional hockey career," said Grisdale. "The showcase gives all players in our League a chance to be seen by the top scouts for not only the best schools in North America, but also from the NHL and other professional leagues.”

Grisdale said ticket prices and other information including games schedules will be released at a later date.

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It appears the BCHL's West Kelowna Warriors will open the playoffs against the Merritt Centennials. The two teams will meet this weekend in Merritt in the first of three contests before the playoffs.

The Warriors clinched a playoff spot last weekend and sit in third place entering the weekend while the Cents are in second.

If the playoffs were to start this weekend, the two teams would meet with Merritt having the home ice advantage.

Here is a look at the proposed schedule for the opening round of the BCHL Interior playoffs, released this week.

Gm. 1 Friday, March 15 (@ higher seed)

Gm. 2 Saturday, March 16 (@ higher seed)

Gm. 3 Monday, March 18 (@ lower seed)

Gm. 4 Tuesday, March 19 (@ lower seed)

Gm. 5 Thursday, March 21 (@ higher seed)*

Gm. 6 Friday, March 22 (@ lower seed)*

Gm. 7 Sunday, March 24 (@ higher seed)*

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