The Fernie Ghostriders are officially in the running to host the Cyclone Taylor Cup Tournament in 2020.
The team has submitted their bid to host the provincial Junior B hockey championships.
President Barb Anderson says it wouldn’t be the first time the tournament has been held in Fernie.
“The last time Fernie actually hosted the Cyclone Cup was in 2011, and very successful at that,” says Anderson. “I just wanted to bring something new and exciting back to Fernie and get hockey boosted back up again.”
She adds the community has been through a very difficult year after the fatal ammonia leak at the Memorial Arena in October 2017, and feels hosting the tournament would help bring the community together.
Anderson adds Fernie is a great setting for the tournament.
“We have such a beautiful city anyways, and our hockey rink is an older building but it’s got such charm and character to it,” Anderson says. “We’re proud of the Fernie Memorial [Arena], we’re proud of our hockey teams, we’ve had a rich history of hockey throughout the years.”
The Kimberley Dynamiters and Columbia Valley Rockies are also bidding to host the tournament.
It was last held in the Kootenays in 2017 in Creston.
– Barb Anderson – President, Fernie Ghostriders