The Kootenay Glacier Kings 55-plus hockey team hit Cominco ice on Sunday for their final skate before heading to the B.C. Senior Games on Tuesday.

The Kootenay Glacier Kings 55-plus hockey team hit Cominco ice on Sunday for their final skate before heading to the B.C. Senior Games on Tuesday.

Glacier Kings set for 55-plus BC Senior Games

The Kootenay Glacier Kings look to defend their gold medal performance when they head to the BC Senior Games in North Van this week.

The Kootenay Glacier Kings are set to compete at the 55-plus B.C. Senior Games in North Vancouver this week.

The Glacier Kings are poised to defend the gold medal they won at the 2013 Games in Comox and then went on to capture their first gold medal ever at the Canada Senior Games in Edmonton last year.

Many players on the Kootenay squads played with or against each other in the Western International Hockey League on teams like the Trail Smoke Eaters, Nelson Leafs, Rossland Warriors, and Spokane Flyers adding a unique character that is both competitive and fun on the ice and in the dressing room.

“I think guys that have always played like the competition and the real steep competiiton and that’s what makes it fun,” said Florko. “But what makes it even more fun is that a lot of us use to play against each other and now were playing together as a team and that is really neat. Lots of good stories and a lot of good players too.”

In all, over 4,000 competitors will participate in 24 sports starting Tuesday and going until Sunday.

See this week`s Trail Times for more on the Senior Games.