Penticton Vees alternate captain Frank Djurasevic is the first to hoist the BCHL championship after his team’s Game 4 win against the Nanaimo Clippers on Wednesday, May 18, at Nanaimo’s Frank Crane Arena. (Greg Sakaki/Black Press Media)

Penticton Vees alternate captain Frank Djurasevic is the first to hoist the BCHL championship after his team’s Game 4 win against the Nanaimo Clippers on Wednesday, May 18, at Nanaimo’s Frank Crane Arena. (Greg Sakaki/Black Press Media)

Penticton Vees begin their BCHL title defense on Sept. 23

The newly-crowned champions will return to the ice to battle the Trail Smoke Eaters

The Penticton Vees will begin their B.C. Hockey League title defense at home this September.

The newly-crowned Fred Page Cup winners are set to take on the Trail Smoke Eaters on Sept. 23 at the South Okanagan Events Centre to kick off their 2022-2023 regular season, per Thursday morning’s BCHL schedule release.

A total of four banners will be raised before the puck drops in honour of the Vees’ historic 2021-2022 season: the Fred Page Cup championship, the Interior Division championship, the BCHL regular-season title and an Interior Conference Pennant.

Penticton will play the Cranbrook Bucks the next day to wrap up its opening weekend.

Season tickets are available here.

A number of scheduling changes have been implemented in this year’s BCHL schedule. More weekend games are featured to mirror what a college hockey calendar would typically look like.

Penticton will host the 2023 BCHL All-Star game in January, which will include a top prospects game. The city’s new outdoor rink on Martin Street is expected to host the festivities.

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