In 2007 a group of Conservation Officers who wanted to represent their profession and their Society in law enforcement tournaments, and wanted to promote the health and wellness of Conservation Officers entered into an agreement with the Society of BC Conservation Officers. The Society agreed to help get the team off the ground and out on the ice by purchasing jerseys and matching socks for them. In exchange the Society stipulated that all members of the team must also be members of the Society, as the jersey would bear the official logo of the Society. The Society also benefits through positive promotion of the Society and its membership and the sale of Society merchandise at tournaments.
The team entered their very first tournament in April 2007 in Kamloops. This tournament was the Western Professional Hockey Challenge for Emergency Services.
Fourteen active duty Conservation Officers and one former officer comprised the stellar line up.
Four games were played in Kamloops. The first game was against Abbotsford PD and the Society team prevailed. The Conservation Officers were not so successful in the remaining three games, and despite holding their own in two games were soundly trounced by Delta PD in the third.
The Society team motto for the tournament was: "we may not be very good but we look good". They had without a doubt the finest jersey's and socks at the event thanks to the support of the Society.
One of the most obvious differences between the Society team and the Police teams was the average age of the players - the Society team was far and away the oldest in the tournament. The youngest Society player was in his early thirties while the oldest was in his mid fifties, and in fact retired from the COS shortly after the tournament.
Tickets for the upcoming charity game are $15.00 each and can be purchased from:
South Cariboo Recreation Centre, 100 Mile Sportshop, Exeter Sporting Goodsin 100 Mile House. For ticket information call the South Cariboo Rec Centre @ 1 250 395 1353.
For more information on how to bring the alumni to your town, call the Canucks Centre for BC Hockey @ 604 899 7770.