Junior hockey showcase Jan. 3 to 5 at Minoru Arenas

By Don Fennell

Published 2:10 PST, Thu December 19, 2019

Last Updated: 2:13 PDT, Wed May 12, 2021

The Winter Classic debuted five years ago as part of the Pacific Junior Hockey League’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Since then, the three-days of games has evolved into one of the most anticipated events of the season.

Providing the 12 teams a unique opportunity to showcase the wealth of talented players to coaches and scouts from Junior A, Major Junior and university programs, the games (all counting in the standings) are all played at Richmond’s Minoru Arenas from Jan. 3 to 5. Each club will play twice over the period.

Crediting long-time Grandview Steelers’ governor Aldo Bruno with the idea, Richmond Sockeyes’ owner Doug Paterson says his club is pleased to host the event, which it will do for at least another five years beyond 2020.

“It’s good exposure for the team and the community,” Paterson says, adding the support of the city through the efforts of community facilities co-ordinator Will Kump has been outstanding.

“It’s made it very easy and (consequently) successful, and the volunteers love it,” Paterson says. “But we’d love to see more fans. It’s a great opportunity that on any given day you see four games for a very economical price.”

Single-game admission is $12, seniors 60-plus $8, students 13 to 18 is $8 and children six to 12 is $5 and under six free. But you can also purchase a day pass for $12.

Winter Classic Schedule

Friday, Jan. 3

North Vancouver Wolf Pack vs. Grandivew Steelers, 10 a.m.

White Rock Whalers vs. Surrey Knights, 1 p.m.

Langley Trappers vs. Aldergrove Kodiaks, 4 p.m.

Abbotsford Pilots vs. Richmond Sockeyes, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 4

Surrey Knights vs. Port Moody Panthers, 10 a.m.

Mission City Outlaws vs. White Rock Whalers, 1 p.m.

Grandview Steelers vs. Delta Ice Hawks, 4 p.m.

Ridge Meadows Flames vs. Abbotsford Pilots, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 5

Delta Ice Hawks vs. Langley Trappers, 10 a.m.

Port Moody Panthers vs. Mission Ice Breakers, 1 p.m.

Aldergrove Kodiaks vs. Ridge Meadows Flames, 4 p.m.

Richmond Sockeyes vs. North Vancouver Wolf Pack, 7 p.m.

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