SPHL calls timeout on season

Beloved league breaks for rink upgrades and construction

Sun Peaks Hockey League celebrates 10th anniversary season. Photo Supplied

This winter Thursday nights in the village won’t be punctuated by the sound of hockey sticks slapping pucks and teams cheering from the benches of Sun Peaks’ skating rink. 

With construction still well underway on the Sun Peaks Centre, including the roof covering the ice itself, Sun Peaks Hockey League (SPHL) will take a hiatus for the 2019-2020 season. 

SPHL organizer Mike Billheimer said while it will be missed, it’s a welcome break after 10 years. 

“I’ll be looking for co-organizers to share the work with…and to pick where it goes in the future.” 

The rink will stay closed to recreational skaters as well as work continues to cover the area and build what will be meeting rooms and a gym. 

Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality’s chief administrative officer Rob Bremner confirmed the rink won’t open this winter. 

He explained while the roof will hopefully be completed in December other work on the site will continue into the spring. 

They are looking at alternative locations to set up a more informal skating surface in the meantime. 

“It’s unfortunate,” Bremner said. “We thought we were going to get there.” 

While SPHL teams won’t be facing off, the group will keep up a presence in the community this winter. 

Billheimer said some drop-in sessions at nearby rinks may be arranged and a weekly novice-drop in at the Sandman Centre in Kamloops is already being taken advantage of by players. 

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