MLAs play ‘Wanna Bet’

Esquimalt-Royal Roads MLA Maurine Karagianis and Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungal back their Junior B hockey teams

When the Victoria Cougars travel to Nelson for the Cyclone Taylor Cup, there will be more on the line besides the claim to B.C. junior hockey supremacy.

Esquimalt-Royal Roads MLA Maurine Karagianis has challenged Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall to a friendly wager on the outcome.

The Cougars, who won their third-straight Vancouver Island Junior Hockey Championship, will compete in the tournament with the Nelson Leafs, the host team, and two others from B.C.

“Today I am challenging my colleague from Nelson-Creston to a friendly bet,” Karagianis said in the B.C. Legislature last week.

“Whichever of our teams wins, the losing MLA, with the Speaker’s approval, will sport the opposing team’s jersey in the Legislature and do a two-minute statement admitting defeat and praising the winning team.”

“I accept the bet gladly,” Mungall said. “The Nelson Leafs aren’t just great hosts, they are also an exceptional Junior B team, and I am confident in the outcome.”

Of course, there is always the chance that neither team will win, and the title will go to the champs from the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League or the Pacific Junior Hockey League.

“Not going to happen,” Karagianis said.

“Not a chance,” added Mungall.

The Cyclone Taylor Cup runs April 10 to 13 at the Nelson and District Community Complex.

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