The B.C. Hockey League is split into three divisions, but it found a way to balance the schedule.
The junior A league released its 2012-13 schedule this week.
The BCHL will go with a full interlock this year, meaning each of the league’s 16 teams will make at least one trip to every other team’s building.
Unlike last season, the Nanaimo Clippers won’t have to play a whole bunch of games against Lower Mainland teams. Those clubs, just like the Interior Conference clubs, will visit Frank Crane Arena only once each.
The emphasis in 2012-13 will be on divisional matchups. The Clippers will take on the Cowichan Valley Capitals, Alberni Valley Bulldogs, Powell River Kings and Victoria Grizzlies eight times apiece.
The season faces off Sept. 8 in Chilliwack and the Clippers’ home opener is Sept. 15 against the Powell River Kings. The most anticipated matchup of the season is Sept. 28 when the Grizzlies, now coached by former Clippers bench boss Bill Bestwick, come to Frank Crane Arena.
GOLF SHORTS … The team will hold the Nanaimo Clippers Kelly Hrudey and Guests Golf Tournament on Aug. 10 at Cottonwood Golf Course. The Clippers are looking for participants and are also interested in hearing from businesses wishing to sponsor a hole or make a donation to the silent auction. Partial proceeds from the tournament will benefit VIU athletic bursaries. For more information, visit www.nanaimoclippers.com.