Kamloops Storm and KIJHL pull out of Keystone Cup

By Earl Seitz
June 15, 2017 - 4:59pm Updated: June 16, 2017 - 4:08pm

KAMLOOPS — There may not be a Keystone Cup Western Canada junior "B" hockey championship next season.

And if there is, the Kootenay International Junior League won't be in it.

At their league meetings at Sun Peaks last weekend the KIJHL, along with the rest of the junior "B" leagues in B.C., have opted to pull out of the Keystone.

Kamloops Storm owner Barry Dewar says there are several reasons --- one being cost, another inadequate facilities in some of the other provinces that host the Keystone and less interest in some of the other jurisdictions in developing players for the next level.

The Kootenay League will stick with an unbalanced 47 game schedule for another season.

For a second year in a row in 2017-18 there will be no crossover games in the regular season between teams in the Okanagan Conference and teams in the Kootenay Conference.

All playoff series will be the best of sevens, following an experiment with some best of fives in this springs playoffs.

There will be no expansion.

Williams Lake had applied to the league earlier this year for an expansion franchise.

That was turned down several months ago, but could be re-visited in the future.

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