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Duncan, BC – The Capitals will begin the 2017-18 campaign at home, with the first regular season game set for Saturday, Sep 9 against the Nanaimo Clippers.
Cowichan will play the Clippers, the Powell River Kings (Sep 16), and the Coquitlam Express (Sep 17) in their first three games, all at the Island Savings Centre. The first game away from home will be at the BCHL Showcase, when the Capitals face the West Kelowna Warriors (Sep 20) and Salmon Arm Silverbacks (Sep 21). The Capitals meeting with the Warriors on Sep 20, at the Prospera Centre in Chilliwack, will count as a home game, meaning the first official road game will be on Sep 21.
The Capitals will once again play all four Island Divison opponents eight times each in the regular season. They’ll see the Silverbacks and Warriors three times each, and the other 10 teams the Capitals will play two times each.
No homestand at the Island Savings Centre is longer than three games for Cowichan during the season; in 2015-16 the Capitals played eight straight games at home between Oct 22 – Nov 13. The longest road trip of the season for the Capitals in five games: from Sep 21 – Oct 6; Cowichan will play nine of 11 games on the road from Sep 21 – Oct 22.
The final 15 games of the Capitals regular season will be played on the Island: 12 at the Island Savings Centre and one each at Weyerhauser Arena in Port Alberni, the Q Centre in Victoria and the Frank Crane Arena in Nanaimo. Cowichan will play eight of its final 10 games at home.
The BCHL announced the entire schedule for it’s 56th season earlier today; the league’s opening night will be Sep 8 and will see 14 teams make their season debut. The final day of the regular season will be Sunday, Feb 25. The BCHL playoffs will begin five days later on Friday, Mar 2.
All 58 of the Capitals regular season games and all of the playoffs will be broadcast on 89.7 Juice FM and hockeytv.com, the BCHL’s pay-per-view webcast provider.
Stay tuned for information soon to come on key dates for home games.