Mayors' Hockey Jersey Challenge

At the recent Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) conference in Vancouver, mayors from 16 communities made things a little more interesting with a friendly wager.

Local politicians from each of the 16 cities with BCHL franchises are answering the 2013-14 jersey challenge, initiated by Port Alberni Mayor John Douglas. He has challenged his fellow mayors to wear the jersey of the team that wins the 2014 Fred Page Cup at a subsequent Council meeting.

Mayor Garry Litke has also accepted the challenge in support of the Penticton Vees.

BCHL commissioner John Grisdale knows well the passion league fans express when rival teams face off. “Our teams receive great support from their respective communities some genuine rivalries exist between towns because of that,” said Grisdale. “With each of the mayors taking on the challenge put out there by Mayor Douglas, it only raises the level of interest and intrigue.”

The UBCM strives to represent and serve all local governments in B.C. The annual convention allows for the sharing of ideas and opens conversations on creating consistent and effective policies for all communities. Similarly, through its board of governors and various subcommittees, the BCHL aims to provide consistent standards and opportunities to players with each franchise.

“Our respective mandates share many similarities and we're thrilled to have UBCM's support this year,” said Grisdale. “We look forward to another successful season and salute the mayors for accepting the jersey challenge.”