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Despite the late start, coach McLellan eager to begin as skipper of the Good Ship Nelson Leafs

Dave McLellan has a lot of work to do to get the Nelson Leafs ready for the 2014-15 KIJHL season.

Dave McLellan knows a thing of two about coaching, having skippered teams at both BC Junior A and Junior B levels as well as overseas.

However, the 48-year-old coach from Surrey had better reach long and hard into his coaching bag of tricks as the latest candidate to lead the Nelson Leafs hockey club is getting a late, and we mean late, start on the upcoming Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season.

Adam Wheeldon excited to check out scenery in Alberta North after being dealt to Camrose by Smokies

Adam Wheeldon (11), seen here again Langley Rivermen, seldom took a shift off when he played for the Trail Smokies. — Photo courtesy Langley Advance

Haircut? Check.

Toothbrush? Check.

Winter jacket? Don’t have one, but where I’m going I had better get one soon.

The Trail Smoke Eaters granted captain Adam Wheeldon his wish by trading the Nelson native to the Camrose Kodiaks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League this week for future considerations.

The trade came as part of wholesale changes recently announced by coach Nick Deschenes, who gutted last year’s roster by also releasing Dylan Bowen, Nathan Browne, Taylor Armbruster and Greyson Reitmeier.

Leafs hope to finally have their man, announce signing of Dave McLellan as skipper of the KIJHL franchise

Leafs hope to finally have their man, announce signing of Dave McLellan as skipper of the KIJHL franchise

The Nelson Leafs are hoping a second chance will pay big dividends come playoff time.

Less than a week after having first choice Matt Hughes quit on the Green and White - figuring a directors position at the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy in Kelowna was reason enough to leave the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League franchise hanging - Leaf executive director Michelle MacLean announced Friday the team has a new coach and GM in place for the upcoming 2014-15 Junior B Hockey season,

KIJHL Leafs dealt huge blow after coach Matt Hughes resigns

The Nelson Leafs are in the market for a new skipper after Matt Hughes (inset) resigned Saturday from the team.

The Nelson Leafs were dealt a huge blow during the weekend when current skipper Matt Hughes resigned his position as head coach and General Manager of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League team.

Hughes, who was selected to the position from a list of more than 25 applicants in May of this year to replace Frank Maida, called team president Larry Martel Saturday to inform the head of the Leaf board of the decision to take a director’s position with the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy in Kelowna.

Castlegar Jiu Jitsu garners gold

Castlegar Jiu Jitsu garners gold

Castlegar’s own Kootenay Jiu Jitsu Academy brought home a golden haul from the 2014 Western Canadian Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships in Pentiction on June 28- including winning first place overall in the Adult No-Gi Division.

Highlands explodes past Trail Allstars at Little League Championships

Noah Quinn works from the mound for Trail against Beacon Hill.— Submitted photo

Trail Allstars watched Highlands score 10 runs in the final two innings to dump the host squad 12-5 at the BC Little League 9-10 Baseball Championships Tuesday at Andy Bilesky Park.

The loss dropped the Trail Allstars record to 1-3.

Hastings Allstars lead the standings with a 4-0 record after pounding Beacon Hill of Victoria 20-2.

White Rock and Highlands are tied for second at 3-1 with Trail in fourth with Beacon Hill.

Nelson's Bryce Sookro singled in Noah Quinn for the first run for Trail.

Trail Allstars fall to 1-2 after Day three BC Little League 9-10 Baseball Championships

Noah Quinn checks his swing in preparation for the BC Little League 9-10 Baseball Championships at Andy Bilesky Park in Trail. — Submitted photo

The Trail Allstars are 1-2 after Day three of the BC Little League 9-10 Baseball Championships.

The Trail Allstars lost 11-1 to White Rock in five innings Monday at Andy Bilesky Park in the Silver City.

Nelson's Noah Quinn drove home the only run for Trail with an RBI in the fourth inning.

White Rock scoreed two in the first inning before blowing the game open with three runs in the third and four in the fourth.

Brayden DeWitt took the loss for Trail.

Kai Cuminskey was the winning pitcher for White Rock.