Islanders set to host VIJHL All-Star Classic

The Kerry Park Islanders are bringing the 2014 Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League All-Star Classic to the Cowichan Valley.

Instead of their home arena, however, the Isles will be hosting the showcase game on Jan. 26 at the Island Savings Centre in Duncan, where they can accommodate a bigger crowd of fans from across Vancouver Island.

"We hope the people of Duncan will come out and watch the best players in the league in the allstar game," Islanders owner Mark Osmond said.

While the festivities in recent years have included a prospects game for young players and a skills competition, the Isles have opted to slim things down to a single game, making for a shorter day for the players and fans.

"We’re looking forward to hosting the league this year," said Islanders owner Mark Osmond. "Since we bought the team last season, our staff and players have worked hard to develop our program and this is a great chance to show fans in the Cowichan Valley what a great game junior B is."

The host team has already named its representatives in the game: forwards Alex Milligan and Eric Mansueti, and defenceman Colton Burt.

Milligan is tied for the league lead in goals with 27 through 32 games this year, and his 43 points are good for fifth in the circuit. Team captain Mansueti has four goals and 10 assists in 29 games, and Burt has nine assists in 32 contests.

The three Islanders will join players from the Victoria Cougars, Saanich Braves, Peninsula Panthers and Westshore Wolves on the South Division team.

The North Division squad will be composed of players from the Comox Valley Glacier Kings, Campbell River Storm, Oceanside Generals and Nanaimo Buccaneers.

Tickets for the 3 p.m. game are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and $6 for children and will be available at the door.

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