BCHL tweaks operations

BCHL makes schedule changes, announces Bauer deal and revises media policy following AGM in Richmond.

The B.C. Hockey League has implemented several changes following its annual general meeting last week in Richmond.

As previously reported in the Morning Star, the league will conduct a 58-game season in 2013-14. Each club will play two games that count in the standings at the Bauer BCHL Showcase, Sept. 6-8 in Chilliwack. Teams then play 28 home and 28 away dates to complete the regular season.

The Vernon Vipers open the Showcase against the BCHL champion Surrey Eagles at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 7. They battle the Chilliwack Chiefs at 6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 8.

The regular-season schedule was formed tentatively among the coaches and governors at the AGM. As there are several dates that need to be rearranged between teams, the league hopes to have the final schedule out before the end of June.

There is currently no playoff structure that has been agreed upon for the upcoming campaign. Teams are being asked to submit their ideas and a format will be announced prior to the Showcase.

The BCHL has altered its media policy surrounding the Jan. 10 roster deadline. For any given transaction, teams will be allowed to release information to media as soon as they have made the league office aware that all players involved in that transaction have been notified.

With the BCHL signing an equipment agreement with Bauer, all players must use the Bauer Supreme Team Stick. Failure to comply will result in severe financial penalties to the club.

For protective gear, teams are allowed to use up remaining new equipment from previous seasons with the understanding that future orders will be made through Bauer.

Finally, NHL linesman Brad Lazarowich has joined the league’s officiating program as the associate director of officiating to head director Derek Adams. Lazarowich provided mentorship to young officials last season during the NHL lockout and will continue to be a resource to the league in developing its officiating program.