The spectacular success of last September’s first-ever British Columbia Hockey League Showcase – hosted by the Chilliwack Chiefs and held at Chilliwack’s Prospera Centre – has earned the Fraser Valley city the right to host the event again in 2013.

“The inaugural Showcase surpassed our most optimistic expectations, and the response we received from players, coaches and scouts was overwhelmingly positive,” BCHL commissioner John Grisdale said in a press release.

The 2012 Showcase attracted over 200 scouts from every National Hockey League team and most of the major universities and colleges in the U.S. and Canada.

“The BCHL is a developmental league,” Grisdale said, “one that prepares young men for post-secondary education with hockey, or even a professional hockey career.

“The Showcase gives all players in our league a chance to be seen by the top scouts from not only the best schools in North America, but also the NHL and other professional leagues.”

The 2013 BCHL Showcase event will run from Sept. 6-8. It will once again see all of the teams in the league on hand – playing two games each that will count towards regular season points.

At the 2012 Showcase, the Merritt Centennials went 1-1, losing to the Prince George Spruce Kings 4-1 in their opening game, then defeating the Trail Smoke Eaters by the same score in their second outing.

Grisdale said that information about game schedules and ticket prices will be released at a later date.