The 2017-2018 agreement makes Pacific Coastal Airlines the preferred airline of the BCHL. Included is the creation of joint marketing efforts as well as special discounts for players, their families and fans who wish to travel to away games.
The partnership also offers convenient service to hockey scouts who travel to BCHL games to assess players during the hockey season which runs from September to March. Many of these scouts represent Canadian and American universities offering scholarships to promising players.
BCHL officials will also be using flights to get to and from games throughout the year.
“We are happy to have Pacific Coastal Airlines back on board for the upcoming season,” says BCHL commissioner John Grisdale. “This is an important strategic partnership between two well-established British Columbia-based brands and Pacific Coastal’s involvement is important to our league, to our players, and to our fans.”
The new agreement marks the second year of partnership between the league and the airline.
“There is a natural fit between the two organizations – 16 of the 17 teams in the BCHL are located at or near 14 communities served by Pacific Coastal,” says Pacific Coastal’s Director of Business Development Kevin Boothroyd. “Both organizations share a rich history of community involvement and we are committed to growing this partnership now and into the future.”
Pacific Coastal Airlines
Founded by a one-time truck logger Daryl Smith in Bella Coola more than 50 years ago, Pacific Coastal Airlines is a privately owned and operated B.C.-based business with head offices located at the YVR South Terminal in Richmond, B.C. It provides regularly scheduled flights and cargo services to 14 airports and connects to more than 65 destinations in British Columbia in conjunction with its affiliate partner Wilderness Seaplanes located in Port Hardy on northern Vancouver Island and Charter services across western Canada and the U.S.