Hockey Legends

of Grande Prairie

UPDATES: North Peace Hockey League Playoffs 

Friday, February 12th

Fort St. John - The Flyers defeated Dawson Creek Canucks 7-2 here last night (February 11) to wrap up their North Peace Hockey League quarter final series 3-2 in games. Flyers now advance to the semi-finals against the Grimshaw Huskies who won the division title and a first round bye. Falher Pirates and defending NHPL champion Spirit River Rangers tangle in other semi-final action.

Wednesday, February10th

Dawson Creek - Dawson Creek Canucks have forced a fifth and deciding game in their best of five North Peace Hockey League quarter finals with Ft. St. John Flyers. Canucks defeated the Flyers 4-3 here last night (February 9) to knot the series at two games each heading into the final and deciding game tomorrow night (February 11). Winner of this series will go on to play Grimshaw Huskies who won the division title and a first round bye. The other semi-final series has been decided and the matchup will include Falher Pirates and defending champion Spirit River Rangers.

Saturday, February 6th

Falher - The Pirates gained a thrilling 4-3 double overtime victory over the Manning Comets here last night to win their series three games straight. Pirates now advance to the semi-finals against the defending NPHL champion Spirit River Rangers.

Friday, February 5th

Fort St. John - The Flyers dominated Dawson Creek Canucks 9-1 here Friday taking a 2-1 lead in their series.

Thu, February 4th

Dawson Creek Canucks defeated Ft. St. John Flyers 5-4 in overtime at home on Thursday evening to knot their North Peace Hockey League at one game apiece in the second game of their best of final quarter final.

In the other series Falher Pirates defeated the Comets in Manning 4-1 taking a 2-0 series lead.

Stan Neufeld

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Wed, February 3rd

Fort St John Flyers defeated the Dawson Creek Canucks 4-1 at home while the Pirates defeated the Manning Comets 7-4 in Falher during opening games of the North Peace Hockey League playoffs last night (Tuesday, February 2). Both series are a best of five quarter final. The dates for the remaining Flyer’s/Canuck’s series are Feb 4th, 5th, 9th, and 11th (if necessary) while the Pirates/Comets play the remaining games of their series on Feb 4th, 6th, 9th, and 11th (if necessary). All games in this league start at 8:30 pm.

By virtue of the Spirit River Rangers and Grimshaw Huskies winning their respective Divisions, they receive a first round bye. As winners of the East and West Division, Grimshaw and Spirit River are automatically given the higher seeds.  Therefore, Grimshaw and Spirit River have home ice advantage in the NPHL Semi-Finals.  Grimshaw will host the winner of the Dawson Creek vs Fort St. John series while Spirit River will host the winner of the Manning vs Falher series.

The NPHL is one of the best Senior AA Leagues in the Province with intense rivalries that have been built upon years of tradition.  Come playoff time, the action is ratcheted up a few notches and fans rarely leave disappointed. The hockey is both fast and hard hitting, and if your 50-50 ticket is drawn, you’re likely to receive quite a wad of cash!  For hard core hockey fans, it is truly one of the best entertainment values around.

Red-Devils Jersey
As for Grande Prairie – they have a colourful senior hockey history dating back to the early part of the century when they were the only game in town and featured teams like the Red Devils who competed against Saskatoon Lake, Hythe, Clairmont Sexsmith and other small communities. (see 100 Years! Episode One. More of that history will come in later episodes of 100 Years of Grande Prairie Hockey). Unfortunately Grande Prairie was unable to enter a team this year but entering a team in the NPHL next year is under discussion.

Marty Tingstad