FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers have officially submitted their letter of intent to BC Hockey to host the 2017 Coy Cup, which is awarded to the top Senior ‘AA’ hockey team in the province.
Flyers President Paul van Nostrand says that on Monday he sent the application letter to BC Hockey that outlines the club’s application, which includes an outline of the facilities at the North Peace Arena, a showcase of the amenities and events that have been hosted in Fort St. John, as well as a history of events that the club itself has successfully hosted in the past. The Flyers previously hosted the Coy in 1994. Since resuming operations in 2005 after a brief hiatus at the end of the 90’s, the Flyers have hosted the Savage Cup, which is awarded to BC’s top ‘AAA’ Senior team, a total of three times; in 2008, 2011, and 2013. In addition to the 2008 Savage Cup, the club also hosted the McKenzie Cup that year, in which the top teams from BC and Alberta compete for a spot to represent Western Canada at the Allan Cup, the Stanley Cup of Canadian men’s Senior ‘AAA’ hockey, which the Flyers hosted and won in 2010.
In the past five years, the Coy Cup has been hosted in: Kitimat in 2012 and 2013, Williams Lake in 2014, Fort Nelson in 2015, and most recently in Terrace. Van Nostrand says that though the Cup was held in the Northeast only two years ago, he feels that the team has an excellent chance of being awarded the tournament. He added that at this point, he has only heard of one other possible bid for the tournament from Whitehorse.
In preparing the application with club General Manager Lee Hartman, van Nostrand says that the club faces several hurdles, including securing sponsorship for the event, and booking the North Peace Arena for the duration of the tournament, which is planned to take place March 21st – 25th, 2017.