Last year's Winter Classic game.

Langley players prepare for All-Star tourney

Rec hockey players from the Lower Mainland will head to Toronto.

Three local recreational hockey players will get a taste of the big time when they head east for an All-Star game in Toronto.

Players in the Adult Safe Hockey League (ASHL) have been eligible this fall to take part in the draw.

After an early winnowing down to 20 players, a final draw on Nov. 24 will determine which players will win the trip. Three players will be heading east to see the NHL Centennial Classic.

The Classic will see a New Year’s Eve game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings, bringing to life one of the original six rivalries within the NHL.

On New Year’s Day, the local players will put on their gear and play in the East vs. West All-Star Game on the same ice.

“It’s a chance for all of these players to get together,” said Jeff Bandura, an ASHL league manager out of Langley’s Twin Rinks.

Bandura, a former pro hockey player, went as a league manager to a previous classic event in Washington State.

He expects that there will be a chance for some scrimmaging, and possibly some coaching tips from NHL coaches.

“This is their NHL,” Bandura said of the big event.



Just Posted

Giants fall in overtime to the Winterhawks

Langley-based G-Men earned a single-point in a 2-1 OT loss Saturday to Portland

UPDATE: Abbotsford murder victim was brother of slain gang leader

Mandeep Grewal gunned down Thursday, brother Gavin killed in North Van in 2017

VIDEO: G-Men seek revenge Saturday night in rematch at Langley Events Centre

Portland’s Winterhawks downed the Vancouver Giants 5-3 during a road trip down south.

LETTER: Retired firefighter defends union’s election involvement

In rebuttal to another letter writer’s stance on firefighter involvement in municipal politics.

Painful Truth: Homelessness is the only issue on Langley ballots

Reporter Matthew Claxton said reducing homelessness should be a focus for those elected.

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

B.C. VIEWS: Residents have had enough of catering to squatters

Media myth of homeless victims offends those who know better

B.C. Liberals’ hopes high as Nanaimo by-election approaches

Historically safe NDP seat vacated by long-time MLA Leonard Krog

Leaving B.C.’s electoral reform to a referendum is ‘ridiculous’: professor

B.C. voters getting ballots in the mail on proposal to change electoral system

Canada condemns killing of journalist in Saudi Arabia consulate in Turkey

The Saudi government claimed Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a ‘fistfight’

One year to election: Trudeau Liberals gear up for tussles on climate, premiers

Analysts say that the Liberals have reason to be ‘fairly confident’

GUEST COLUMN: B.C.’s proportional representation vote is dishonest, misleading

Veteran of 2005 Citizens’ Assembly urges rejection of new voting systems

Prank pizzas delivered to B.C. mayor on election night

The fake orders happened throughout Victoria mayor’s re-election campaign

Chilliwack voters reject anti-SOGI school board candidates

Slate, including Barry Neufeld, had opposed anti-bullying LGBTQ teaching resource

Most Read