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Prince George Spruce Kings announce 2024-2025 regular season schedule

Five Alberta teams join the BCHL this season
The Prince George Spruce Kings move into the BCHL's Coastal Conference East this season as five Alberta teams join the league.

The British Columbia Hockey League has released its regular-season schedule for the 2024-25 campaign.

The league will have a new configuration this year with the addition of the Alberta teams, which make up their own division. They're migrating from the Alberta Junior Hockey League. The Prince George Spruce Kings move from the Interior Conference to the Coastal Conference's East Division. Meanwhile, the Merritt Centennials left the BCHL for the KIJHL.

The league's 21 teams will play 54 games each for a total of 567 league games in the regular season.

The 2024-25 schedule includes 91 per cent prime night games on Fridays, Saturdays or team-preferred holiday dates.

“2024-25 is set to be a monumental season for the BCHL, in more ways than one,” said commissioner Steven Cocker. “The full integration of our five new members, soon-to-be-announced event alliances and an elite group of incoming athletes are going to set the stage for an incredible year.”

The current schedule does not include exhibition games, BCHL Showcase games or Road Show event games, all of which will be announced in the coming weeks.

Coastal Conference

  • Coastal West: Alberni Valley Bulldogs, Cowichan Valley Capitals, Nanaimo Clippers, Powell River Kings, Victoria Grizzlies
  • Coastal East: Chilliwack Chiefs, Coquitlam Express, Langley Rivermen. Prince George Spruce Kings, Surrey Eagles

Interior Conference

  • Interior West: Penticton Vees, Salmon Arm Silverbacks, Trail Smoke Eaters, Vernon Vipers, West Kelowna Warriors
  • Interior East: Blackfalds Bulldogs, Brooks Bandits, Cranbrook Bucks, Okotoks Oilers, Sherwood Park Crusaders, Spruce Grove Saints

The BCHL will continue with its existing playoff structure with the first seed in each conference playing the eighth seed in the first round, the second playing the seventh seed, and so on. Five teams will not make the playoffs – two from the Coastal and three from the Interior.

“2023-24 saw league attendance increase by 8.1 per cent year-over-year and, with our amount of prime-night games hitting a historic high, we expect continued excitement in BCHL communities," said Cocker.

Important Dates

    Sep. 20: Opening night
    Sep. 20: First Alberta vs. B.C. matchup – Penticton Vees @ Spruce Grove Saints
    Oct. 13-17: BCHL Showcase (location TBA)
    Jan. 17-18: All-Star Weekend (location TBA)
    Feb. 15-16: BCHL Road Show (location and teams TBA)
    March 30: Regular season ends