Game On! Penticton and Powell River Mayors place friendly wager on Conference Final

Penticton Mayor Dan Ashton has entered into a friendly wager with Powell River Mayor Dave Formosa, as their respective Junior A hockey teams prepare to square off in the B.C. Hockey League Fred Page Cup Championship this weekend.

The bet is this: The mayor of the losing team will be forced to pose for a photo wearing the opposing city's jersey and giving a "thumbs up" to that team. The mayor of the winning city's team will receive a basket of goodies from the losing team's community.

Mayor Dan Ashton laid down the gauntlet to his municipal counterpart by saying he was craving salmon – and in enough quantities to match the weight of two bottles of Wine Country's best. Tourism Penticton is co-ordinating the basket of local provisions, and interested merchants are welcome to touch base with them about donations.

"That basket will never leave our city limits. I know our Vees are about to dethrone the Powell River Kings," Ashton said. "A healthy rivalry between mayors is good to help both communities fill their arenas with fans supporting some incredible junior hockey players."

The best-of-seven series between Penticton and Powell River kicks off Friday. The Ron Boileau Memorial Trophy, awarded to the team with the best regular season record, and the Ryan Hatfield Trophy for winning the Interior Conference will be awarded to the Vees before Game 1 at South Okanagan Events Centre.