If you’ve ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes to host a junior hockey game, just ask Rick Hopper, the director of operations for the Sunshine Coast Junior Hockey Society. “Running a junior hockey club is more than just putting a team on the ice. The off-ice business operations of a team are every bit as crucial as having a competitive team,” says Hopper.
Most people wouldn’t realize the amount of detail involved to host games, from ticket sales, sponsorships and many other tasks that go on behind the scenes. Fans watch the players, coaches, and referees but don’t realize the number of people involved to make that 60 minutes of hockey worth coming to see!
In this case, we are hosting two teams Oct. 21 and 22 and arranging every detail of their trip including ferry reservations, accommodations and meals to make the player experience a positive one. This will go a long way in getting league approval to have a franchise here on the Sunshine Coast.
The SCJHS is doing everything possible to run a “professional” operation, we are the only Junior “B” hockey operation offering an online ticket platform, which should make buying a ticket and getting into the games easier than waiting in a line come game time. We are encouraging fans to buy online and want to let everyone know that capacity will be limited to 600.
We are still looking for volunteers to help with the games and if you are interested in getting involved, please go to www.scjhs.ca and click on the volunteer button. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Rick at 604-223-4235.