(Image: Doug Abbott/PJHL)
There always seems to be a trickle down effect when a hockey team at a higher level makes a geographic move within the Lower Mainland of BC.
It happened when the Western Hockey League expanded into Chilliwack and the BCHL’s Chiefs relocated to Langley. It also happened when the WHL’s Bruins left Chilliwack and the BCHL’s Quesnel Millionaires were purchased and moved into Prospera Centre.
And now with the Vancouver Giants nudging the Langley Rivermen out of the Langley Events Centre last month, the Riv jumped to the George Preston Recreation Centre, which left the junior B Langley Knights without a home arena.
Knights owner John Craighead announced on his Facebook page that the team is moving to Surrey.
The Knights will play out of the North Surrey Recreation Centre, which has two ice surfaces. Arena One was built in 1966 with a bench seating capacity of 1100 and Arena Two was added in 1989 with a capacity of 150. I would expect the Knights will play out of Arena One.
(Image: City of Surrey)
The move keeps the PJHL with five teams on the south side of the Fraser River (Abbotsford, Aldergrove, Delta, Richmond, Surrey) and five teams on the north side (Grandview, Mission, North Vancouver, Port Moody, Ridge Meadows.