Professional & Spectator Sports
Spectators at a hockey game (Kevin Arnold photo)
For fans of soccer, hockey, and other spectator sports, there are plenty of venues in Burnaby to watch outstanding athletes in action.
Visitors seeking a more affordable and family-friendly ice-hockey experience can find lots to enjoy in Burnaby. The Burnaby Express competes in "Junior A" hockey in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). Its home arena is the Bill Copeland Sports Centre (3676 Kensington Ave.), which has a capacity of 2,000. The Express captured its first league championship in 2006. Kyle Turris, a budding star for the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes, played for the Express that year.
The Bill Copeland Sports Centre is also the home of the Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame. A wall of photographs and memorabilia inside the arena celebrates such inductees as NHL legends Joe Sakic, Cliff Ronning, and Glenn Anderson, as well as the likes of Olympic gold medal wrestler Daniel Igali and women's soccer star Christine Sinclair. Visitors seeking a more affordable and family-friendly ice hockey experience can check out the Burnaby Express games.