The British Columbia Hockey League is pleased to announce the Chilliwack Chiefs as the host franchise of the first-ever BCHL Showcase event, happening Sept. 7, 8 and 9 at Prospera Centre in Chilliwack.

The Showcase will bring all 16 BCHL teams to the Chiefs home rink for two games apiece that will count in the regular season standings. Similar events are held in other Junior A leagues and have proven effective at attracting interest from professional and college scouts which creates maximum exposure for players.

“Showcase events such as this are staged by other Leagues in North America and have proven to be hugely successful,” said BCHL commissioner John Grisdale, “We are extremely pleased that Chilliwack and the Chiefs will host our first one.”

The Chiefs rejoined the BCHL for the 2011-12 season after the Quesnel Millionaires franchise was purchased and relocated to the Fraser Valley. The Chiefs were welcomed back to the community and the club had some of the best attendance figures in the league.

“The support we saw in Chilliwack this past season was phenomenal,” said Grisdale. “Fan interest is a major reason we’re excited about the Chiefs hosting the Showcase and we know they’ll do a first-rate job in promoting and executing a successful event.”

The schedule of game matchups as well as ticket pricing and availability will be announced before the end of April. Chiefs president Glen Ringdal has also announced that Chiefs season ticket holders will be given first opportunity to select seats at reduced prices.