The host Vernon Watkin Motors Mustangs welcome seven other teams to the 49th annual Coca Cola Classic Peewee Hockey Tournament, which kicks off Thursday, 8 a.m., at Kal Tire Place North. (File photo)

Vernon Mustangs set for Coca Cola Classic

49th annual Winter Carnival peewee hockey tournament features eight teams starting Thursday

The host Vernon Watkin Motors Mustangs will look to bring the Amy Myles Trophy back to the North Okanagan as the 49th annual Coca Cola Classic Peewee Hockey Tournament starts Thursday, 8 a.m., at Kal Tire Place North.

Winners of three straight A Division finals in 2016, ‘17 and ‘18, the Mustangs were relegated to the C Division Final a year ago, where they fell to the St. Albert (Alberta) Stars.

READ MORE: Stars shine in C Final over Vernon

Vernon returns three players from that squad.

“Our style of play is hardworking and relentless,” said Mustangs head coach Ed Patterson, joined on the bench by assistants Steve Nagy, Joe Dolling and Jayden Agar.

“Our forwards drive hard to the net. Our defence is a force to be reckoned with and our goalies make exciting saves protecting the house.”

Vernon will play in the first game of the tournament against the South Delta Storm at 8 a.m., Thursday.

Following the opening ceremonies later Thursday at 5:30 p.m., Vernon will then take on the tournament’s only out-of-province team, the Yellowknife Wolfpack – back for a second straight tournament – at 5:45 p.m.

The Mustangs, playing in the Coca Cola Division, wrap up the preliminary round Friday at 5 p.m. against Okanagan rivals Kamloops Blazers.

The Sun Valley Division features the 2019 A Final runners-up, the Port Moody Panthers – who lost 9-7 to the Vancouver Thunderbirds – as well as the Coquitlam Chiefs, South Okanagan (Oliver-Osoyoos) Peewee, and Merritt Centennials.

“We want to welcome all the teams and their families to our beautiful city and hope then enjoy the tournament,” Patterson said.

“Play hard, skate fast, have fun.”

Games start at 8 a.m. Thursday and Friday and run throughout the day. The consolation semifinals Saturday go at 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m., followed by the championships semis at 12:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.

Sunday is Finals Day. The Mickey Ogasawara D Division Final will be played at 9 a.m., The Mickey McMahon C Final is slated for 11:30 a.m., The Alex Kuly B Division Final is at 2 p.m., followed by the Amy Myles A Division Final at 4:30 p.m.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

BC Minor Hockey

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vernon sewing instructor teaches flawless fitting

Clothes for real curves made possible with Dawne Whelpley’s workshops

Vernon-area duo still awaiting trial for animal abuse

Trial date expected to be set within the next three weeks

Vernon woman named one of B.C.’s Top 40 business leaders

Amanda Shatzko, consultant and politician, picked up Business in Vancouver Top 40 selection

Lavington garage goes up in flames

The house next to the garage was minimally damaged; residents required to vacate home temporarily

Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings take spotlight in Vernon

Outlaw Country to revive classics of the Man in Black in March

Okanagan divers ready to take on 2020 B.C. Winter Games

The athletes have been training four days a week

B.C., federal ministers plead for meeting Wet’suwet’en dissidents

Scott Fraser, Carolyn Bennett says they can be in Smithers Thursday

EDITORIAL: Revisiting cannabis regulations

Recent retail license application has brought up concerns about present policy in Summerland

Guidelines regulate Summerland cannabis stores

The municipality’s policy, 300.6 establishes the 50-metre buffer zone around schools and parks

Largest aircraft to operate at YLW begins service to Toronto this summer

The Boeing 767-300ER will increase seat availability for flights to Toronto by 40 per cent

B.C. budget fails to ‘excite’ Kelowna business community

Chamber says Budget 2020 lacks a clearly defined competitiveness strategy

Shuswap woman creates stress-reducing cuffs for Alzheimer’s patients

Personal connection to disease adds meaning to endeavour

Penticton MLA urges government to address fatal stretch of Hwy 97

“People are being injured and lives are being lost on this stretch of highway.” - MLA Dan Ashton

Man accused in Salmon Arm 7-Eleven fire pleads not guilty to breach of bail

Supreme Court trial will decide arson charges while Provincial Court will look at breach charge

Most Read