Litke enters BCHL jersey wager with rival mayors

Mayor hoping Penticton Vees keep on winning so mayors from 16 B.C. communities have to sport the Vees jersey.

If the Vees keep performing like they did this weekend with wins against Prince George and Powell River, mayors from 16 B.C. communities are going to be sporting Penticton Vees jerseys in their council chambers.

Mayors from 16 B.C. communities with BCHL franchises decided to make this year’s hockey season a little more interesting with a friendly wager, answering the 2013-14 jersey challenge initiated by Port Alberni Mayor John Douglas. He challenged his fellow mayors to wear the jersey of the team that wins the 2014 Fred Page Cup at a subsequent council meeting.

Mayor Garry Litke accepted the challenge in support of the Penticton Vees during the Union of B.C. Municipalities conference in Vancouver last month.

“I made a couple of wagers while I was there,” said Litke.

BCHL commissioner John Grisdale knows well the passion league fans express when rival teams face off.  He was happy to see that passion reflected by the municipal politicians.

“Our teams receive great support from their respective communities, some genuine rivalries exist between towns because of that,” said Grisdale.

“With each of the mayors taking on the challenge put out there by Mayor Douglas, it only raises the level of interest and intrigue.

“We look forward to another successful season and salute the mayors for accepting the jersey challenge.”