|The battle for the 2016|
Coy Cup takes place
this week in Terrace
And while the Prince Rupert Rampage won't be part of this years festivities, North Coast residents perhaps longing for one or two more games before they turn to Spring activities can head east for their fix.
Making their way to the Terrace Sportsplex to take in what should be a fairly competitive five days of Senior Men's hockey.
Four teams are competing in this years event, the CIHL champion Smithers Steelheads, host River Kings,Whitehorse Huskies and Fort St. John Flyers.
The River Kings, who gained a spot in the tournament as the host city, have had the longest break between games, so will be the team with a bit of rust to shake off as they take to the ice as part of tonight's opening matches.
Smithers successfully navigated the CIHL playoff season, first dispatching the Terrace River Kings and then the Williams Lake Mustangs on their way to the CIHL title.
The Fort St. John Flyers head into the week as the team to beat, the defending Coy Champs from 2015 and from accounts in the Northeast they are more than happy with that status. They come to the tournament having dominated the North Peace League through 2015-16.
The Yukon's entry the Whitehorse Huskies secured their spot in the Terrace tournament with two out of three victories in a hard fought series with the Powell River Regals in mid March.
The Huskies had the longest of the bus rides to make it to tournament time in Terrace, heralding their successful arrival in the Northwest of BC with a photo of their first workout prior to the tournament puck drop tonight.
Double headers make up much of the schedule through the first three days of the Tournament. With Friday's Semi-Final match bringing together the second and third place finishers, the winner moving on to challenge the First place finisher on Saturday night for the opportunity to claim the AA Senior Men's trophy for 2016.
The full schedule for the week can be reviewed below:
Tuesday, March 22
Smithers 5 vs Whitehorse 6
Fort St. John 3 vs Terrace 3 (tie game)
Wednesday, March 23
Fort St. John 5 vs Smithers 3
Terrace 6 vs Whitehorse 3
Thursday, March 24
Whitehorse 6 vs Fort St. John 5
Smithers 2 vs Terrace 6
Friday, March 25
Whitehorse 3 vs Fort St.John 7
Saturday, March 26
Fort St. John Flyers 3 vs Terrace River Kings 2
Fort St. John Flyers are the 2016 Coy Cup Champions
Tickets are available at All Season's Sports or Sonny's Collectibles. Tickets can also be purchased at the Sportsplex during the day and at game time.
We'll update the scores as (if) they become available through the week.
You can learn more about the participating teams below:
Terrace River Kings (website) (facebook page)
Smithers Steelheads (website) (facebook page)
Whitehorse Huskies (website) (facebook page)
Fort St. John Flyers (website) (facebook page)
Some previews of this weeks tournament can be found below:
March 30 -- Flyers find redemption in second Coy Cup win
March 28 -- Huskies ousted by eventual champion Fort. St. John
March 28 -- Flyers win it all, Steelheads finish 0-3; Coy Cup Recap
March 28 -- Champion Flyers end Huskies' Coy Cup run
March 28 -- Coy Cup Championship Wrap up (video)
March 28 -- Coy Cup Final (video)
March 28 -- Terrace recognized for hosting the Coy Cup
March 28 -- Fort St John Edges River Kings to Win Second Straight Coy Cup Championship
March 27 -- Tough loss for Terrace River Kings in 2016 Coy Cup
March 26 -- Fort St. John Flyers win second straight Coy Cup
March 26 -- River Kings push through tournament week to Coy Cup Final tonight NCR
March 26 -- Fort St. John Flyers advance to Coy Cup Final
March 26 -- Fort St. John Flyers one win away from another Coy Cup title
March 25 -- Terrace river Kings defeat Smithers, earn bye into Coy Cup final
March 24 -- Coy Cup Day Two - River Kings Win, Steelheads Lose
March 24 -- Terrace defeats Whitehorse in Coy Cup
March 24 -- Huskies tamed by River Kings, fall to 1-1 at Coy Cup
March 24 -- Fort St. John beats Smithers 5-3 in Coy Cup round robin
March 24 -- Huskies secure playoff spot at Coy Cup
March 24 -- Steels Fall 5-3 eliminated from Coy Cup
March 24 -- Coy Cup Day Two (video)
March 23 -- Coy Cup Opens in Terrace with Two Tight Games
March 23 -- Coy Cup recap Day One (video)
March 23 -- Terrace River Kings tie first Coy Cup game
March 23 -- Ex-Nanooks score four as Huskies edge Steelheads
March 23 -- Steels drop Game 1 at Coy Cup 6-5
March 23 -- Coy Cup Tournament Opens in Terrace with Two Tight Games
March 23 -- Flyers tie Terrace River Kings 3-3 in game 1 of Coy Cup
March 22 -- Huskies at full strength as Coy Cup pursuit begins
March 22 -- Coy Cup underway in Terrace (video)
March 22 -- River Kings play first Coy Cup game tonight
March 22 -- Flyers ready to repeat as Coy Cup champs
March 22 -- Coy Cup Schedule -- Terrace Sportsplex
March 21 -- Terrace River Kings Pep Rally (video)
March 21 -- Coy Cup Pep Rally Held in Terrace -- Tournament Starts Tuesday
March 21 -- Steelheads Head to Coy Cup Tuesday
March 19 -- Terrace River Kings rally for Coy Cup
March 18 -- Terrace River Kings host Coy Cup "Victory Rally" Saturday
March 15 -- Whitehorse Huskies are going to the Coy Cup
March 14 -- Huskies win playoff series, qualify for Coy Cup
For a look back at the CIHL season and the travels of the Prince Rupert Rampage see our archive page here.