Sockeyes to play North Delta at Richmond's Hockey Day in Canada
Two of the top teams in the Pacific International Junior Hockey League will face off Feb. 11 at the Richmond Olympic Oval.
The Richmond Sockeyes, sporting a league-best 31-6-0 record (62 points), will play the North Delta Devils (22-10-4) and third in the Tom Shaw Conference at 1:30 p.m. as part of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada celebrations in Richmond. The Sockeyes will be wearing their black away jerseys since they'll officially be the visiting team as the game was originally scheduled to be play at North Delta's Sungod Arena that evening.
"This is huge," Richmond general manager Richard Petrowsky said of the game.
Petrowsky said it was a no-brainer when the league was approached to switch the location of the game. He said playing the game at the Oval will be a great opportunity for the league to promote itself.
Richmond and North Delta have waged quite the on-ice rivalry this season. After winning the first two games by identical 4-0 scores in October, Richmond lost the next three despite dominating on the shot clock. In the most recent game, a 2-0 North Delta win at Minoru Arenas on Jan. 12, North Delta goalie Harry Frederman turned aside all 56 shots he faced. Richmond outshot Delta 56-17 in the game, including 20-6 in the first period and 24-4 in the second. Frederman has now stopped 134 shots by Richmond players in the last three meetings between the teams.