Cougars to be recognized Thursday, in final regular season home game

The Victoria Cougars are the best VIJHL regular season team for the second straight season and will accept the Andy Hebenton trophy Thursday

The Campbell River Storm are the Victoria Cougars’ final guest of the regular season tomorrow (Feb. 16).

Faceoff is 7:15 p.m. at Archie Browning Sports Centre.

The Cougars (34-5-1) are riding a 14 game win streak, having defeated the Peninsula Panthers 3-1 on Friday.

Following Thursday’s game the Cougars will be honoured by president Greg Batters as the top regular season team in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League with the Andy Hebenton trophy. The Cougars clinched top spot back in mid-January.

Hebenton played five seasons with Lester Patrick’s Victoria Cougars from 1950-55, winning the Pacific Coast Hockey League championship.

The Saanich Braves and Peninsula Panthers also play Thursday (Feb. 16), 7:30 p.m. at Panorama Recreation Centre. On Friday the Braves host Oceanside at Pearkes arena, 6:30 p.m., and the Panthers host Comox at 7:30 p.m.

The Cougars, Braves and Panthers wrap their 42-game schedules in Oceanside, Comox and Kerry Park on Saturday, respectively.

Hitmen visit Royals for one-off

The Victoria Royals host the Calgary Hitmen tonight (Feb. 15) at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

Puck drop is 7:05 p.m.

This weekend the Prince George Cougars return, Friday and Saturday at 7:05 p.m.