Ball hockey league seeks players

The Okanagan Ball Hockey League (Vernon Whalers and Flyers) has won back-to-back provincial championships, creating quite a buzz for the sport in the region.

Former B.C. Hockey League snipers like Bryce Kakoske, Dave Robinson and Leath Gare, and WHL grad James Dobrowolski give the sport instant credibilty.

“With fast-paced games utilizing quick hands and strong team play, increasingly, amateur and professional athletes are turning to ball hockey to enhance their skills during the spring and summer seasons,” said Vernon’s Erik Locke, commissioner of the Okanagan league.

Official B.C. sanctioned leagues start play in May. Men, women, youth, and children’s leagues are always looking for new teams and players.

Adult league champions (games held at Wesbild Centre) qualify for entrance to select provincial and Western Canadian tournaments, while this summer Vernon will host the World Under-18 Ball Hockey Tournament.

Vernon has also been chosen to hold the 2013 provincials.

“Ball Hockey is growing fast because it is fun, competitive, well organized, and inexpensive to play,” said Locke. “Sponsorship and employment opportunities exist for those wishing to become part of the Okanagan Ball Hockey League for 2012.”

Contact Locke, at 250-863-7419 or



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