The CCHL2 Inaugural season began with a bang in Perth, Ontario this past weekend.  All 16-member clubs hit the ice over a three-day stretch, playing in two games each to start their respective seasons.

(PHOTO Courtesy of Pascale Gascon)

On the ice, there was a great blend of skill and speed shown by each team, previewing what is to come over the next 42 games this season. For the first time, every team will meet throughout the year unlike in previous years where there were only conference match-ups until the league final.

Many new rivalries will be created and each team has officially set new standards to the way they will operate.  Every game will be broadcasted on FASTHockey  This will allow fans to catch the live action from the comfort of their homes if they are unable to get out to a game and also bring more exposure to the league in a media standpoint.  One tweet from this past weekend had a former staff member of the Alexandria Glens taking in the action from all the way in British Columbia, “Watching some @CCHLTier2 hockey on @FASTHockey.  Fun to watch my old league.  Plus Watching from British Columbia #GlensNation”, Tweeted Derick Viau.

On an entertainment standpoint, the Perth Blue Wings and their volunteers showed just how big of a show they can put on.  From on ice lights shows, to player introductions, the place was rocking from start to finish.  Outside in the media tent they had hot food, live music and a post-game hot stove where they would interview coaches and managers and talk junior hockey.

If this is the new standard for league showcases then things are definitely going in the right direction.

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