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Hockey Player goes Back to School: Stefan Gonzales

Selkirk College Saints defenceman Stefan Gonzales -- learning lessons he never imagined.

Selkirk College Saints Defenceman Learns to Earn Success in the Classroom

CASTLEGAR – Selkirk Saints defenceman Stefan Gonzales celebrated his greatest hockey triumph last March when he helped his team to its second straight British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) title at the Castlegar Recreation Complex.

Rockets firepower too much for Kootenay Ice

Close but no goal as the Okanagan Rockets held off a late charge to nip the Kootenay Ice Sunday at the Civic Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

The Kootenay Ice stayed with the front-running Okanagan Rockets, but when final horn sounded lost both ends of a home-and-home series in BC Hockey Major Midget League action Sunday in Nelson.

Okanagan Rockets skated away a pair of wins — 4-0 Saturday at the NDCC Arena and 3-1 Sunday at the Civic Arena.

"We had a good weekend . . . we played really well," said Kootenay coach Rob Wright feeling good despite the two losses.

Ice let points slip away against Greater Vancouver Canadians

Kootenay Ice played well enough to win, but dropped a pair of home games in Castlegar. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The Kootenay Ice had a Greater Vancouver Canadians squad that was primed for allowing two points to slip away.

However, the Canadians played just well enough to sweep the two game BC Hockey Major Midget League series this past weekend in Castlegar.

Greater Van defeated the Ice 3-1 Saturday and 4-2 Sunday.

Kootenay took a 1-0 lead in the opener on a goal by Aiden Browell of Fruitvale.

However, Greater Van tied the game before the period ended then scored twice to secure the win in the third frame.

Northern Avalance sweep Kootenay Wildcats in weekend series

Northern Avalance sweep Kootenay Wildcats in weekend series

The Kootenay Wildcats struggle on the BC Hockey Female AAA League circuit continued as the squad dropped a three-game series to the Northern Cougars this past weekend in Nelson.

Kootenay lost 9-2 and 5-1 Saturday during games at the Civic Centre before dropping a 4-1 decision Sunday.

During the opener, the Cats trailed 2-0 after one period and 4-0 following 40 minutes before scoring twice in the third period.

Affiliate player Annah Setter of Golden and Kendra Waterstreet of Fruitvale scored for Kootenay.

Saints defenceman Stefan Virtanen shares in World Junior experience

Stefan (left) and Jake (right) Virtanen are both pursuing different hockey pathways. This past summer, the brothers had an opportunity to be together at their Lower Mainland home during the off-season. — Submitted photo

It’s a game that will take prominence in Canadian hockey lore and for Selkirk College Saints defenceman Stefan Virtanen, last week’s Canada-Russia World Junior Championship game had extra special significance.

Stefan’s brother Jake Virtanen was a key component of the world champion juniors that triumphed over the Russians 5-4 before a packed house at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto last Monday night. The power forward delivered a couple of big hits and provided grit that helped propel the Canadian squad to the top of the world.

Leafs Robson Cramer commits to SFU Clan of BCIHL for next season

Leafs leading scorer Robson Cramer excited to attend one of Canada's top universities. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The Simon Fraser University Men’s Hockey team landed a big catch when Nelson's leading scorer Robson Cramer committed to the Burnaby Mountain squad for the 2015-16 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League season.

“Robson is a player who has been on our radar for a couple of years now and we know he is very dedicated to both hockey and academics,” said SFU Men’s Hockey Head Coach Mark Coletta.

Cramer, 20, is in this third season with the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Leafs.

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report

Calgary resident, Brandon Esposito was beaming after catching a beautiful Rainbow Trout before releasing it back into the lake. — Photo courtesy Reel Adventures Sportfishing

By Kerry Reed, Reel Adventures Sportfishing

Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Charters is back to ring in 2015 with the monthly fishing report.

Everything fishermen wanted to know about fishing in the region is right here.