Township of Langley, BC, Thursday, August 30, 2012: On the heels of our resident lacrosse club winning their second Western Lacrosse Association Championship, the Langley Events Centre is preparing for what will be the busiest twelve months of sports the facility has ever seen. Following up a banner year that saw the 2011 World Junior A Hockey Challenge and the 2012 World Financial Group Continental Cup of Curling (to name a few) visit the facility, the LEC has attracted some more world class events to compliment the ongoing provincial and district championships that call the Centre home year to year.
There will be little time following the Thunder’s playoff run to pull the turf out and install ice before the BC Hockey League season starts. The Langley Rivermen will start their season on the road to allow for the conversion but will host their first home game on Saturday, September 22, 2012. With the threat of an NHL lockout in place, the Rivermen have built an entertaining roster and are hoping to capitalize on strong community support in their second year. Just prior to the Rivermen Home Opener on September 19, the PuCKS Program will be hosting their 4th Annual Sports Heroes Dinner with guests Wally Buono (Vice President & General Manager) and Dennis Skulsky (President & CEO) from the BC Lions.
Directly following the first hockey game of the year, the ice will be covered and the LEC will welcome the 2012 U-23 Pan American Men’s Volleyball Cup from September 25 - 30. The event, the first of its kind and best calibre of volleyball to visit British Columbia in years, will feature the number one ranked volleyball nation in the world, Brazil, as well as the U-23 National teams from Argentina, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Venezuela taking on Canada who will be represented by the two-time defending CIS National Champions from Trinity Western University.
October will feature plenty of Rivermen games (including some special game nights focused on raising money for the Canadian Cancer Society on October 19 and Trick or Suite night, October 27 – where kids can trick or treat at the LEC). The TWU Spartans Men’s Hockey team will also start their season, hosting their home opener on October 10 and 11 with a double header featuring Eastern Washington and Thompson Rivers respectively. Just following the Spartans home opener, the BC Major Midget Hockey League will be hosting their annual showcase weekend at the facility featuring all the teams in the BCMML.
Later that month, the LEC will welcome two of sports greatest players as Warren Moon and Ryan Kesler will take part in 2012 Vancouver SportsFest happening from October 19 - 21. The Sports Memorabilia and Collectibles Show event will feature an interactive gaming zone as well as the Sports Fantasy Lounge, presented by the Brick.
October 27 will see the TWU Spartans volleyball teams kick off their 2012-2013 CIS regular seasons against rival UBC. November will start with more CIS action as the Spartans men’s and women’s basketball teams will host their regular season home openers on November 2 and 3 against the Thunderbirds (UBC) as well in what is sure to be an exciting weekend. Langley School District will also be hosting the District Volleyball Championships starting on November 6.
The holiday season is sure to be full of activity at the LEC starting with the first weekend in December. The Holiday Stars on Ice Tour hits the Langley Events Centre on December 1. Featuring figure skating legends Kurt Browning, Joannie Rochette, Elvis Stojko and more, the LEC will convert the arena in to a figure skating showcase and welcome some of the world’s best.
That same weekend (December 1 and 2) will mark the first ever TBI (Tsumura Basketball Invitational) being held in the LEC Gym. The newly created basketball tournament will feature the top ranked boys and girls AAA basketball programs. The event will also include Findlay Prep of Las Vegas, a top rated basketball program known for producing top flight NCAA and NBA basketball talent. Findlay Prep will take on Walnut Grove Secondary on Saturday night and White Rock Christian Academy on Sunday night at the LEC.
December 8 will also mark the return of the NLL at the LEC (National Lacrosse League to the Langley Events Centre) as the Colorado Mammoth will take on the Calgary Roughnecks in pre season action. Last year’s game was a huge success with 4,791 fans in attendance. This year will see expanded player and coaches clinics over the course of the weekend (December 7 – 9). The LEC is looking forward to announcing some additional events for the 2012-2013 wrestling season focusing on a soon to be announced partnership with Wrestling BC. It will be the first time amateur Wrestling has been experienced in the LEC.
The BC Major Midget League is back on January 19 as the LEC’s own Fraser Valley Hawks host the BCMML All-Star game. The New Year will bring playoff action to the Langley Events Centre as the TWU Spartans look to have another extended post season run in basketball, hockey and volleyball. March of 2013 will be an entertaining month as the Rivermen will have their sights set on hosting the BCHL playoffs in the midst of the facility hosting both the Langley District and Fraser Valley District Basketball Championships.
March 6 to 9 will see the best in girls’ high school basketball hosted at the facility with the 2013 TELUS Junior Girls Basketball Provincial Championships and the 2013 BC AAA Girls Basketball Championships, presented by TELUS happening at the LEC. This will mark the first time the junior and senior girls will compete for provincial championships in the same venue. That same week, March 8 – 10, Langley Gymnastics Foundation will host the Christy Fraser Memorial Invitational which are the artistic gymnastics trials for the Provincial, Western Canadian and National Championships.
Directly following the girls’ tournaments and the Christy Fraser Memorial, the 2013 BC High School Boys AAA Basketball Championships, presented by TELUS, happen March 12 - 16 and will bookend the provincial high school basketball season.
Spring will see Basketball BC hosting their provincial jamborees, tournaments and provincial teams in the LEC Gym just before we hit the reset button and start all over again by welcoming lacrosse back into the facility with the start of the Langley Junior Thunder and Langley Thunder seasons at the end of May.
Tickets for all events listed can be found at www.ticketmaster.ca as per available. For more information and individual press releases on the events listed, visit www.langleyeventscentre.com or follow us on Twitter @LangleyEvents
About Langley Events Centre
The Langley Events Centre (LEC) is a 260,483 square foot state of the art facility, which includes an Arena Bowl, Triple Gymnasium, Banquet Hall and Meeting Spaces all in one. Opened in 2009 with the latest technology, the LEC is home to Trinity Western University Athletics (Basketball, Volleyball and Hockey), the Langley Rivermen of the BC Hockey League, the Langley Thunder of the Western Lacrosse Association and the Langley Junior Thunder of the BC Junior A Lacrosse League. Many organizations call the LEC home including Basketball BC, Langley Sports Medicine Clinic, Tourism Langley, MLA Rich Coleman, the Langley Gymnastics Foundation, RE Mountain Secondary School, and the Willoughby Community Centre. For a complete list of previous and upcoming events, please visit www.langleyeventscentre.com
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