The Cougars and Capitals – who compete in the B.C. Hockey Major Midget League and B.C. Hockey Female Midget AAA League respectively – will be taking part in the Winter Classic at the Ernie Sam Memorial Arena, located on Nak’azdli Whut’en territory in Fort St. James. The arena has a roof but, otherwise, is an open-air facility with a view of beautiful Stuart Lake at one end.
This will be the second Winter Classic for the Cougars and the first for the Northern Capitals. The Cougars will take on the Van-couver Northwest Hawks on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and the Capitals will clash with the Greater Vancouver Comets on Sunday at 9 a.m. Games are also set for the Fort Forum (Capitals versus Comets at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Cougars versus Hawks at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday).
As part of the festivities, representatives from both northern teams will also lead practices in Vanderhoof (Capitals) and Fort St. James (Cougars) and make presentations at elementary schools.
The Cougars are currently in fifth place in the 11-team BCHMML. They have a 17-7-1-1 record and will put that up against the second-place Hawks, who enter the weekend at 20-7-0-1.
The Capitals (10-7-2-0) head into the Winter Classic weekend in third place. The first-place Comets have been nearly flawless at 16-1-0-0.
British Columbia Premier John Horgan is scheduled to attend both outdoor games.
The Cougars and Northern Capitals would like to thank the Nak’azdli Whut’en, B.C. Hockey, the Fort St. James Minor Hockey Association and the Vanderhoof Minor Hockey Association.