CSSHL championships kick off in Penticton

A total of 68 teams and over 1,200 student athletes will be competing

The 2018 BDO CSSHL Championships is returning to Penticton for the fourth consecutive year and it is bigger than ever.

A total of 68 teams and over 1,200 student athletes will be competing during the 10-day event (starting on March 9), which will see champions crowned in all seven CSSHL divisions, male and female.

The action on the ice will be full of talent, as all eight of the Okanagan Hockey Academy teams will compete. WHL bantam draft first overall pick taken by the Prince Albert Raiders, Kaiden Guhle (OHA Edmonton prep), and second overall pick, taken by the Kootenay Ice, Connor McClennon (Northern Alberta X-Treme prep) are among the nine students who were selected to the first round of the 2017 WHL bantam draft that will be competing. Both Guhle and McClennon competed in the CSSHL’s bantam prep division last season and now have graduated to the CSSHL’s highest division, midget prep.

Goalie Logan Angers (St. Mary’s Academy) and forward Courtney Kollman (Edge School) highlight the CSSHL’s top female division, female prep. Both were members of the bronze medal winning Canadian national team at the 2018 IIHF under-18 Women’s World Championship.

Tickets are available at www.valleyfirsttix.com, and in person at the Valley First Box Office at the South Okanagan Events Centre (SOEC). Tickets are $15 for a day pass, $45 for a division pass and $60 for a full 10-day pass.

The majority of games will take place at the Okanagan Hockey Training Centre, Memorial Arena and South Okanagan Events Centre, along with a small amount of games in Oliver and Summerland.

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