TAYLOR, B.C. – There’s nothing like good-natured competition, and on June 16th, the Taylor council will face off against Fort St. John council members in the first-ever Mayor’s Challenge Ball Hockey Game.
It started as an idea for Fort St. John council to reclaim the coveted Mayor’s Challenge Trophy, which has been in the hands of their down-the-hill rivals since the 2020 High On Ice Winter Festival. Since there was no Mayor’s Challenge during this year’s winter festival, the trophy did not change hands.
Taylor Council member Michelle Turnbull says the idea was a no-brainer.
“When we first got the email, I was like, oh heck yeah,” says Turnbull. “You didn’t even have to run it by council, just tell us where to be.”
Along with the excitement, Turnbull says her team has some tricks up their sleeves.
“We’ve got jerseys on order, and we’ve got a little bit of a surprise for our entrance, so we’re prepared.”
Turnbull says when the Taylor council asked what equipment was required, the tone was set when the members of Fort St. John’s team reminded them to “bring the trophy because they seem to think they’re winning it back.”
The Mayor’s Challenge Trophy used to be on display in Fort St. John despite the title being held by Taylor. That’s until one Taylor council member got sticky fingers on a trip to the Energetic City.
“The trophy was in Fort St. John on display, even though it belonged to Taylor. Then one of our council members stole it back, so it is in our possession.”
With the province surpassing the requirement to pass through to step two of B.C.’s reopening plan, it is reasonable to assume spectators will be allowed to enjoy the competition in person. But for residents who want to watch from the comfort of their computer, Turnbull believes there will be someone filming the game.
“From what I can gather, it will be streamed on Facebook Live.”
The Mayor’s Challenge Ball Hockey Game is Wednesday, June 16th, in the North Peace Arena parking lot.
Teams will play three periods, 10 minutes per period. The winner will take home the Mayor’s Challenge Trophy.
Turnbull says the game is a great way to celebrate warmer weather and longer days no matter who wins.
“It’s a chance to get outside, get some fresh air, blow off some steam, and get back to the friendly back and forth with our two councils. Because we enjoy spending time together, and we work together, this game is a really awesome idea.”
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