Houston Bantam Flyers. Back row left-right: Head Coach Ian Brockerville

Houston Bantam Flyers. Back row left-right: Head Coach Ian Brockerville

Houston hosts provincial minor hockey championship

The Houston Flyers are hosting the Bantam Tier 4 B.C. Championship here this Sunday to Wednesday.

The Houston Flyers are hosting the Bantam Tier 4 B.C. Championship here this Sunday to Wednesday.

Over 100 athletes as well as coaches and parents will travel to Houston for the provincial championship, said Lori Saretsky, advertising executive on the host committee.

Besides Houston, the six-team championship will include teams from Vanderhoof, Elk Valley, Kelowna, Juan de Fuca and Langley, said Dana Chelsberg, host committee co-chair.

“I was excited to have the opportunity for our team to participate in championships,” Chelsberg said.

The Houston Flyers, coached by Ian Brockerville, has 19 local players 13 to 14 years old, including some 12-year-olds picked up from the pee wee team, said Saretsky.

Saretsky says the Houston public is welcome and encouraged to come, watch and cheer on Houston Flyers.

There is no fee to watch, and there will be raffle and clothing sales at the arena as well as a donation box available, she said.

Saretsky says the Houston Minor Hockey Association is paying for the ice, the referees and officials, and their accommodations and food, with help from local sponsorship.

“Local businesses have been really generous,” Saretsky said, adding that they could still use more donations to cover the tournament costs.

Saretsky says the host committee has been planning the tournament since the beginning of the year, and now they are meeting weekly, sometimes more, to get everything planned.

Such an event wouldn’t be possible without the help and support of our community,” said Chelsberg.

“It’s a big undertaking.”