Cougars gear up for Cyclone Taylor sales
June 17, 2008 · Updated 6:39 PM
Hockey season is in its stretch drive, but one of Victorias junior hockey clubs is already working on its provincial title battle plan.
Even as the players and coaching staff of Victoria Cougars gear up for the last weeks of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League regular season, management will put the finishing touches on a promotional drive for the Cyclone Taylor Cup tournament.
The Cougars play host to the four-team provincial tourney April 5-8 at Archie Browning Sports Centre.
As the host, the Cougars are guaranteed a spot.
So far, Ticket sales are moving nicely, said team governor and general manager Gary Boyer.
Local hockey fans can expect to witness some top-notch playoff hockey through the tournament, which follows the Memorial Cup format: a host team plus playoff champion from the three Junior B leagues in Canada.
We certainly believe that this is the first time that this format has come to Greater Victoria area at all, Boyer said and none of the four teams will be out of place at a high-level tournament.
All three leagues have real strong contenders, we think, that will bring some exciting hockey. Our league, itself, will put in two strong teams.
The format, launched in B.C. three years ago, typically averages about 400 fans per game.
The home team games have usually hit capacity, Boyer said.
A tournament pass gets you a guaranteed, reserved seat through the tournament, and a guarantee to the gold-medal game, Boyer said.
Those interested in learning more about the tournament can surf to www.cyclonetaylor.com. Tickets can be purchased online at the site.