2014 Great Northwest Showcase Announced:

This is HUGE… I’m pumped for this year’s edition of the Great Northwest Showcase. 

Organizers announced this morning the four participants for the tournament January 3 – 4, 2014 at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre – SFU, UBC, University of North Dakota and Princeton University.

There’s a distinct BCHL flavour to the Showcase and I’ll post the breakdown of alumni on each team at a later date, but for now, having two NCAA Div. I schools come and compete against a BCIHL team and a CIS team is very exciting for the collegiate level of hockey here in BC.

Here’s the official release:

The Simon Fraser University Men’s Hockey team is pleased to announce that the 2014 Great Northwest Showcase will take place on January 3rd and 4th, 2014, and will feature the University of North Dakota (NCAA Division I), the Princeton University Tigers (NCAA Division I), Simon Fraser University Men’s Hockey (BCIHL), and the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds (CIS). This year’s event is sponsored by Tourism Burnaby as well as the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown Hotel.

The Great Northwest Showcase began in 2012 as a four game exhibition showcasing top level international University Men’s Hockey while promoting the importance of education during an athlete’s career. This year’s event will continue in the tradition of the GNS while building on the success of the inaugural event. The GNS not only provides a valuable competitive experience for the student-athletes involved, but also world-class entertainment and competition for sports fans of all ages who attend.

The four games of this year’s GNS are: SFU vs Princeton, UBC vs UND, UBC vs Princeton, and SFU vs UND. The games are scheduled to take place at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre in Burnaby, BC, home of the SFU Men’s Hockey team.

“We appreciate the invitation and are proud to be a part of this tournament,” says UND Head Coach Dave Hakstol. “It is a great opportunity to spread the footprint of NCAA Division I hockey and, at the same time, allows many of our players from Western Canada to return home for two exhibition games.”

“The UBC Hockey team is excited to attend this year’s Great Northwest Showcase, it will be a great opportunity for the fans to see different levels of college hockey and two top NCAA programs.” says UBC Head Coach Milan Dragicevic. “Our players will be thrilled to play against top NCAA competition and raise the level of awareness of CIS hockey in the Lower Mainland.”

Tickets are now on sale at http://www.greatnorthwestshowcase.com

Great Northwest Showcase Media Contact:

Mark Coletta
Head Coach
Simon Fraser University Men’s Hockey
c: 604.537.8608
e: coletta@sfuhockey.com

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