CSSHL Championships to return to Penticton

Nov 17, 2015

16C09-SOEC-CSSHL-593x335-Scroll.jpgPENTICTON, BC -- The Canadian Sport School Hockey League today announced that the 2016 CSSHL Championships will be held March 9-13, 2016 in Penticton, BC.

The five-day event will once again be jointly run by the Okanagan Hockey Group and Spectra Venue Management with support from the City of Penticton and the Penticton Hospitality Association.

“We are pleased to bring the CSSHL championship back to Penticton for the next two years,” said CSSHL chairman Andy Oakes. “This year the tournament is growing from 33 teams to 44 teams which has increased the competition to be a longer event utilizing all facilities in the community. Last year’s economic impact survey resulted in $1.6 million in direct impact into the community and we expect this to grow to $2.6 million this year due to the increase in teams and days in Penticton.

“We would like to thank Spectra Venue Management for partnering with the league on this event as they bring a wealth of experience and knowledge on how to operate a first class tournament which will translate into a great experience for the student athletes.

“We would also like to thank the City of Penticton and the Penticton Hospitality Association for their continued support of the event.”

All 44 CSSHL teams will be in Penticton for the event, which will be run out of the South Okanagan Events Centre, OHS Training Centre, Memorial Arena and McLaren Park Arena. Over 850 student-athletes and 150 staff members will be in Penticton for the event, as well as an estimated 1250 family members and 100 scouts.

Spectators will be able to watch top-end prospects compete over the course of the event, including two, first-round selections from the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft and a total of 59 WHL drafted players.

About the CSSHL

The Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) was established in 2009 by five sport schools based in Alberta and BC. Their vision was to establish a league designed specifically for elite level hockey players, give these athletes an opportunity to increase their skills on and off the ice, and provide athletes with a high level of competition as well as exposure. The CSSHL has now expanded to 44 teams and 13 sport schools spread across six divisions: Midget Prep, Midget Varsity, Elite 15’s, Bantam Prep, Bantam Varsity and Women’s. 

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