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The Victoria Grizzlies will be in the British Columbia Hockey League Showcase this weekend. This is an opportunity to show their stuff to scouts who come from the NCAA as well as the National Hockey League.
“It’s an opportunity for a ton of exposure,” said Grizzlies head coach and general manager Craig Didmon in a release on the Grizzlies website. “A lot gets put into one weekend and they need their best performance and as a hockey team, we need to be our best.
The first game sees the 4-1 Grizzlies take on the 2-2 Langley Rivermen Saturday at 4:00 PM; they play the Trail Smoke Eaters, who are currently 1-3, on Sunday at 10:00 AM in Chilliwack.
Victoria will be without defenceman Brett Stirling who suffered an ankle injury last week during the Grizzlies only loss, which was to the Cowichan Valley Capitals at The Q Centre. Nick Guiney is also out with a shoulder injury.
The Grizzlies started the season 4-0, which is the exact opposite start they had last year when they were 0-4, by the time they got to pay their first home game. The first four games were on the road as the Victoria Shamrocks WLA team was playing in the Mann Cup national championships and all seven games were scheduled for The Q Centre.
The Showcase runs from the 21st to the 25th of September.
The Grizzlies were in first place in the BCHL, however, were overtaken by the Cowichan Valley Capitals and Penticton Vees who have 4-1-1 and 5-1 record respectively. Victoria has a game in-hand.