South Okanagan city listed as one of North America’s must-visit hockey towns

Expedia lists Penticton among 22 other cities

Penticton has been named as one of the must-visit hockey towns in North America.

The list of 22 locations, chosen by Expedia, said qualifications to be designated a must-visit hockey town include the connection to the iconic pastime — through deep history, loyal fans, contributions to the sport or all of the above.

While the post erroneously states Penticton’s junior A hockey roots only go back to 1961 — the team won the world championship in 1955 — they do laud the city for Okanagan Hockey Group.

Related: 1955 World Championship V’s were the ‘Cinderella Kids’

In 1963 Larry Lund founded Okanagan Hockey Group and it has become an icon in the hockey camp industry. From that, Okanagan Hockey Academy was born. The hockey machine has seen at least 13 alumni drafted to the NHL since 2010.

Related: More growth for Okanagan Hockey Group

The Penticton Vees have also graduated many players on to collegiate hockey and players drafted to NHL teams. In the 2017-18 there were 11 Vees alum that played with NHL teams including Duncan Keith, Tyson Jost, Zac Dalpe and Troy Stecher.

Related: Penticton’s rich in hockey history

Other B.C. cities chosen to the Expedia list are Vancouver, North Cowichan and Duncan. Also included on the list are Detroit, Mich., Pittsburgh, Penn., Edmonton, Alta., Antigonish, N.S., Windsor, N.S., Saskatoon, Sask., Kingston, Ont., Plaster Rock, N.B., Sherbrooke, Que., San Jose, Calif., Gravenhurst, Ont., Thunder Bay, Ont., Buffalo, N.Y., Kirkland Lake, Ont., Owen Sound, Ont., Prince Albert, Sask., Huntsville, Ont., Flin Flon, Man. and Minneapolis – St. Paul, Minn.

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.


@PentictonNews
newstips@pentictonwesternnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Summerland’s solar power array on schedule

Solar project nearing public consultation stage

Performance club opening in Cawston

Black Cat Club opening Jan. 19

Video: New Penticton studio is a playground for creative types

We toured Penticton’s newest creator space

Writing Out Loud is back in Keremeos

Writing Out Loud starts this week

Balmy winter forecast for Okanagan-Shuswap

El Niño is anticipated to develop later this winter

B.C. storm totals $37M in insured damages

The December storm wreaked havoc on B.C.’s south coast

Chiasson nets shootout winner as Oilers edge Canucks 3-2

Edmonton moves one point ahead of Vancouver

B.C. chief says they didn’t give up rights for gas pipeline to be built

Hereditary chief: no elected band council or Crown authority has jurisdiction over Wet’suwet’en land

Condo rental bans may be on way out with B.C. empty home tax

Many exemptions to tax, but annual declarations required

UPDATE: B.C. boy, aunt missing for three days

The pair are missing from Kamloops

Daredevil changes game plan to jump broken White Rock pier

Brooke Colby tells council daredevil event would help boost waterfront business

Liberal bows out of byelection after singling out Jagmeet Singh’s race

Karen Wang says she made comments online that referenced Singh’s cultural background

Truck hauling compressed gas for ‘virtual pipeline’ crashes on B.C. highway

Driver charged and highway closed for nine hours - containers did not rupture

Most Read