WHL Set To Play Pre-Season Games At Jon Baillie Arena
PORT COQUITLAM, BC – June 17, 2022… The City of Port Coquitlam will host the Western Hockey League (WHL) pre-season game – Vancouver Giants vs. Prince George Cougars and Victoria Royals taking on the Cougars at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre (PCCC) – Jon Baillie Arena in the fall.
The Jon Baillie Arena will host two WHL games – on Fri. Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. the Vancouver Giants will take on the Prince George Cougars, while Sat. Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. will feature the Victoria Royals taking on the Cougars.
“This is exciting news for the City of Port Coquitlam. We are completely thrilled and honoured to have the opportunity to host the WHL pre-season games in our brand-new facility at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre.” Mayor Brad West said. “Events like this puts PoCo on the map by providing the opportunity to showcase our culture, city, and first-class sporting facility and friendly hospitality to athletes, coaches, officials, guests and spectators. The City will provide an unforgettable experience and setting the stage for an event of this magnitude, will showcase what our community has to offer.”
Perched on the edge of downtown Port Coquitlam, the PCCC is a vibrant community hub offering a wide variety of new and enhanced amenities.
The stunning modern facility at 2150 Wilson Ave. houses three arenas (including a spectator arena with seating of 751 with a total capacity in the viewing area of 843), a gymnasium, a leisure pool, a fitness centre and studios, a children’s area for City Preschool and childminding, Terry Fox Library, a concession with snacks and drinks, overlooking the spectator arena, the large Mabbett Hall and other multi-purpose spaces, washrooms and changerooms with universal and accessible options, and underground parking with 425 spots and a pick-up/drop-off area.
The main entrance on Wilson Avenue greets visitors with plaza seating and gardens. Access is also possible from the south-side known as the Terry Fox Hometown Square, which features seating, lawn, sport courts (including pickleball), playgrounds, a walking path, community gardens, a outdoor spray park connected to the leisure pool and an outdoor gym (equipment coming later this summer). A café in the lobby and active rehab/physiotherapy near the fitness centre.
“We couldn’t be more excited for these games to be held at PCCC,” said Cllr. Steve Darling, Council’s designate for recreation. “The Jon Baillie Arena is a great venue to come together and witness great hockey, a great Canadian game.”
Tickets for the pre-season games will be made available via the WHL website at whl.ca. Tickets for each game will be sold by the individual WHL teams.
About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 375 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.
Information regarding preseason tickets will be shared in the weeks to come.
For more information about the WHL or schedule visit whl.ca. To learn more about PCCC visit portcoquitlam.ca/pccc.
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Manager of Communications & Administrative Services
City of Port Coquitlam