The Senior Canucks are looking forward to their biggest challenge yet — to be the best in BC. This Tuesday, the C’s begin their first ever Coy Cup run in Williams Lake.
“Just practicing, you can tell the guys are excited and are ready to get down there,” says head coach Chris Stevens. “It’s been a long time since we got knocked out of the playoffs, and it’s been a long time to think about all the hockey we want to play.”
The Canucks qualified in January, sweeping the two-time Coy Cup champions, the Fort St. John Flyers in a best of three series. While the Flyers went on to win the NPHL championship, the Canucks will have a chance at provincial glory.
One of the challenges will be facing teams different than what the Canucks are used to.
“Playing different teams is huge. The NPHL, we see the same teams, the same players, year after year — you’re familiar with every team and every player, but this we’re going in blind,” explains Stevens. “We don’t really know much about the other three teams.
“We have to prepare as a team for the best hockey we can.”
On Tuesday, DC will kick off the tournament against the Kelowna Sparta, the West Coast Senior AA Hockey League playoffs champion. Wednesday, they will face the host Williams Lake Stampeders, before taking on the Central Interior Hockey League representative, Terrace River Kings, next Thursday.
Friday’s action will see the second and third place team from the round robin face off against each other for a chance to take on the first-placed team in the final game Saturday.
Regardless of the outcome, the Senior C’s are thankful for the community rallying around them — without which, they would have a hard time heading to the Coy Cup.
“It’s a huge expense heading down there, obviously with the bus and the hotels and the meals for the guys. It’s a whole week of work the guys are taking off,” says Stevens.
“The community’s been awesome around us, all the support we’ve got, in order to just make this happen.”