Big Creek Hockey League looking to grow again

By Joel Charron

The Big Creek Hockey League (BCHL) hopes it can get back to where it was a year ago.

After icing six team the previous year, the 19 and over men’s hockey league was reduced to four teams after a discrepancy over ice time earlier this year.

League president Mike Parlette said the BCHL was being moved to Sunday night, instead of its usual time of Wednesday nights at 8 p.m.

After collaborating with Skate Amherstburg and Amherstburg Minor Hockey the BCHL was able to get their Wednesday slot back with one game starting at 8 p.m. and the other starting at 9 p.m.

“Minor hockey and figure skating both came to the table and adjusted their ice time so we could have our usual time,” said Parlette. “If it wasn’t for them, this league wouldn’t have happened.”

Parlette also credited the town manager of business development and programming for working with the user groups to ensure the BCHL ice time.

He also added if the BCHL would have started at its usual time on its usual day there would have been enough for six teams.

“When guys began to hear that we were moving to Sunday night, a lot of them went to other centers,” said Parlette. “This is a time slot that we’ve held for the past 25 years.”

Although the league is looking to shoot back up to six teams next year Parlette mentioned they are looking for a few more players to fill a few spots on all four teams, Plumbing Now, Big Creek Hunt Club, Coulson’s Build and Design and Jason Laframboise Re/Max.

Currently there are two teams with 11 players and two teams with 10 players.

“We like to have 12 players per team,” said Parlette. “It’s the perfect opportunity for someone to break into the league that has never player here because a lot of guys went to other places.”

Parlette said people who are interested in playing could call himself at 519-736-5127 or Janice Ferguson at 519-736-5565.

The BCHL also acts as a feeder league for the senior men’s league on Sunday night. Parlette also mentioned the league gives back to the community, noting the BCHL’s donation of $1,000 to the Miracle League of Amherstburg last year.

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