VIJHL All Star Classic returns to single game format

Prospects Game scratched from event, which goes Jan. 18 in Courtenay

The 2015 VIJHL All Star Classic goes Jan. 18 at the Comox Valley Sports Centre.

The 2014-15 Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League All Star Classic is returning to a one-game format.

The league has decided to drop the Prospects Game and go with just the All Star Game. The Comox Valley Glacier Kings host this season’s star-studded affair on Sunday, Jan. 18.

“The rationale behind the governors’ decision was that it just makes the day way too long for the travelling teams,” said Glacier Kings’ governor/owner Marsha Webb. “It is essentially two games, so we’ve gone back to the previous format of just one all-star game.”

Webb said the Glacier Kings will have a player banquet followed by jersey presentation, with the game scheduled for 1 p.m.

The North vs. South format will feature 18 skaters and three goalies per team. Goalies will be chosen by stats and must have a minimum of 10 games played.

Players that have been acquired from other teams retain their stats from their previous team.

Coaching staff from the first-place team in each division will be the all-star coaches.

Standings as of Dec. 1 will determine the following:

•1st place team in North – 3 Fwd, 2 Def

•2nd place team in North – 3 Fwd, 2 Def

•3rd place team in North – 3 Fwd, 1 Def

•4th place team in North – 3 Fwd, 1 Def

•1st place team in South – 3 Fwd, 2 Def

•2nd place team in South – 3 Fwd, 1 Def

•3rd place team in South – 2 Fwd, 1 Def

•4th place team in South – 2 Fwd, 1 Def

•5th place team in South – 2 Fwd, 1 Def

More details on the All Star Classic will be available closer to game time.

Meanwhile, the Glacier Kings open the December portion of their regular season with a bang – three games in four days.

On Thursday, Dec. 4 the Yetis visited the Nanaimo Buccaneers, who they are battling for second place in the North.

 

On Saturday, Dec. 6 they host North leaders Campbell River Storm (7:30 p.m. Sports Centre #1) then hit the road Sunday, Dec. 7. to take on the Kerry Park Islanders in a 3 p.m. start.