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BC Hockey and Blackfin Sports Group join forces to determine Junior A future

Blackfin will evaluate franchises looking to become Junior A Tier 1
Franchises from the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League, Kootenay International Junior Hockey League and the Pacific Junior Hockey League will be evaluated by Blackfin Sports Group. (File - Michael Briones photo)

BC Hockey’s Junior A Leagues and the Junior Hockey Task Group have announced a collaboration with Blackfin Sports Group on Jan. 31 to continue the assessment process for the Junior A franchises across the province. Blackfin will conduct evaluations on franchises that move forward in becoming a Junior A Tier 1 franchise, impartially.

Their comprehensive evaluations will include reviewing the organizational structure, business operations, player development programs, player experience and overall operational efficiency. Home venues and facilities will also be included.

“BC Hockey’s Junior Hockey Task Group, and our member leagues, felt that Blackfin Sports Group would be the right fit to evaluate these franchises as they grow and strengthen,” Cameron Hope, BC Hockey’s Chief Executive Officer, said. “The Blackfin team brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, uniquely positioned to fairly evaluate teams across the province. The results should be an important part of the roadmap for the evolution of Junior A hockey in British Columbia.”

The evaluations are planned to be concluded by the 2024-25 season. Afterwards, the leagues and teams evaluated will work with BC Hockey to determine the next steps.