Four teams will face off in Fort St. James. (Stock photo)

Four teams will face off in Fort St. James. (Stock photo)

Winter Classic players to join Vanderhoof teams for practice

Major Midget League and Female Midget AAA League teams will be doing community outreach in Vanderhoof in January.

They’ll be in the area for the BC Winter Classic held in Fort St. James.

“Coaches and team leadership will help local coaches conduct on-ice practices at the Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget levels and attend schools to promote the sport of hockey and healthy, active living to elementary-age kids.”

The event, organized by BC Hockey, is in partnership with the Cariboo Cougars, the Northern Capitals and the Nak’azdli Whut’en Territory and will take place from Jan. 16 – 19.

“The Winter Classic features a regular-season matchup between the Cariboo Cougars and Vancouver North West Hawks of the Major Midget League (MML) and a regular-season matchup of the Northern Capitals and the Greater Vancouver Comets of the Female Midget AAA League (FMAAA),” says a release.

The inaugural Winter classic was held in 2019 by MML and the 2020 event will be the first for FMAAA.

“Both games will be held at the newly upgraded Ernie Sam Memorial Arena on the Nak’azdli Whut’en Territory. Professional boards and regulation glass were installed last season and this year dressing rooms and a zamboni bay have been added.”

The Cougars will play the Hawks on Jan. 18 at 5:30 p.m. and the Capitals will play the Comets on Jan. 19 at 9 a.m. The Comets will also play the Capitals in Vanderhoof on Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.