Cyclone Taylor Cup kicks off

Hockey fans are in for a treat as the Cyclone Taylor Cup kicks off in Esquimalt this week.

Hockey fans are in for a treat as the Cyclone Taylor Cup kicks off in Esquimalt this week.

The four-day round-robin tournament, which runs from Thursday, April 7 to Sunday, April 10, features league champions from each of the province’s three junior B hockey leagues — the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, Pacific Junior Hockey League and the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League.

On Thursday evening, the Victoria Cougars will take on the 100 Mile House Wranglers at the Archie Browning Sports Centre (1151 Esquimalt Rd.) at 7:30 p.m. Earlier that day, fans can also check out the Mission City Outlaws versus the Campbell River Storm.

On Friday, April 8, the Cougars will face off against the Campbell River Storm and will take on the Mission City Outlaws Saturday.

The bronze and gold-medal games will take place on Sunday, April 10.

“It’s a quick tournament so we just want to make sure from our standpoint that we’re focused on our game and we’re aware of our opponent, but the majority of our focus is going to be on how we play,” said Cougars head coach Mark Van Helvoirt, adding that everyone on their roster has to contribute.

“It’s going to be a strong tournament because there are four very strong teams. At the end of the day, we’re looking forward to putting our best product on the ice and going from there.”

Tournament passes are $70 for adults and $55 for seniors and students. Single game tickets will be available on Thursday.

The Cougars have gone to the Cyclone Taylor Cup four times in the past five years.

For the full schedule of games visit cyclonetaylorcup.ca. For tournament passes or tickets call 250-686-7709 or email cougarpres@gmail.com.