Cougars to host 2016 Cyclone Taylor Cup

The Junior B hockey tournament will run from April 7 to 10.

The road to B.C. Junior B hockey supremacy will travel through Victoria in 2016.

B.C. Hockey awarded the 2016 Cyclone Taylor Cup, British Columbia’s Junior B provincial championship, to the Victoria Cougars of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) Monday.

The tournament will run from April 7 to 10.

“On behalf of the Victoria Cougars Junior Hockey Club, I’d like to say that we are honoured to be selected to host the 2016 Cyclone Taylor Cup,” said Tom Arlidge, director at large for the Victoria Cougars, in a B.C. Hockey press release.

“I know that our board of directors, volunteers and coaches will work together to produce what we hope will be the best Cyclone Taylor Cup to date.”

The Cyclone Taylor Cup pits the best of the best from B.C. Junior B hockey against one another.

The four-team tournament features league champions from each of the province’s three Junior B hockey leagues — the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL), Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL) and VIJHL — along with the host team.

“[Victoria] provided a solid bid with strong indicators of hosting a successful event,” said Sean Orr, senior manager of communications and events for B.C. Hockey.

“We went through our process to formally review the bid and follow up with the host committee. From our review, it looks like they will be hosting a first-class event that can continue on from the great job that Mission did [in 2015].”

The venue for the tournament will be announced at a later date by the Cougars.

The Archie Browning Sports Centre in Esquimalt is home to the Cougars for all VIJHL home dates.