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Coaches Dave McLellan, Greg Andrusak 'part ways' with Nelson Leafs

Nelson Leafs "parted ways" with coaches Dave McLellan (center) and Greg Andrusak Wednesday morning. Assistant coach Sean Dooley (far right) was behind the bench Wednesday in Spokane. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

During his first interview with The Nelson Daily in August of 2014, Leaf coach and GM Dave McLellan said he took the position with the Heritage City franchise Nelson is “run more like a Junior A franchise.”

McLellan may have been right as the Leafs decided to make a decision more reserved for ownership in the BC Hockey League than the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League by “parting ways” with coaches Dave McLellan and Greg Andursak Wednesday morning.

Field shaping up for 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance Men’s Curling Championships in Nelson

Tom Buchy of Kimberley is heading back to the BC Men's Curling Championships for the 11th time. — Bruce Fuhr file photo, The Nelson Daily

Tom Buchy of Kimberley and Creston’s Chris Ducharme are the two latest qualifiers for the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance Men’s Curling Championships set for February 10-14 at the Nelson Curling Club.

The two skips earned spots in the 16-team field after the Men’s Kootenay Playdown Sunday in Fernie.

Nelson's Amit Bhabra qualifies for Canadian Junior Weightlifting Championships

Amit Bhabra of Nelson raises the bar during competition in the 62 kg category this past weekend at the BC Junior Weightlifting Championships in Vancouver. — Photo submitted

Amit Bhabra is used to being in the middle of body checks and bluelines as the Nelson Minor Hockey product holds down a roster spot on the Castlegar/Nelson Midget Rep squad.

However, this past weekend in Vancouver, Bhabra flipped the switch from hockey to weightlifting to earn a spot at the Canadian Junior Weightlifting Championships in January in in Regina.

The accomplishment came at the BC Junior Weightlifting Championships in Vancouver.

“Amit has been training for a little over four years,” said coach Cody Abbey of Maverick Fitness in Nelson.

Hawks hand Nelson Leafs six straight loss, 4-2 Friday in Fruitvale

Hawks hand Nelson Leafs six straight loss, 4-2 Friday in Fruitvale

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks added to what has been a dreadful season for the Nelson Leafs after scoring a 4-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory Friday night in Fruitvale.

A powerplay goal by Braden Fuller with six minutes remaining in the game combined with an empty net marker — shorthanded, no less — by Sam Swanson sealed the victory for the Hawks.

Ryan Terpsma and former Leaf Nolan Percival also scored for Beaver Valley, which led 2-0 after 40 minutes of play.

Great opening to 40th year for Whitewater Ski Hill

Whitewater GM Kirk Jensen took advantage of the sneak-a-peek weekend with a few turns in the powder. Lots more where that came from. — Lisa Voigt photo

Whitewater officially launched the 2015/16 winter season Friday with daily operations.

Skiers received an early taste of the new year last weekend when the hill opened for two days on one of the deepest snowpacks in North America.

The celebration truly began when the resort announced it was joining the Powder Alliance, which offers Whitewater passholders up to 39 free lift tickets at 13 other resorts throughout Western North America.

Bruins rally back to edge Leafs 4-3 in Boundary City

Bruins rally back to edge Leafs 4-3 in Boundary City

The Grand Forks Border Bruins rallied from a two-goal deficit to edge the Nelson Leafs 4-3 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League play Tuesday night in the  Boundary City.

The loss continues the recent slide of the Heritage City franchise, losers of five consecutive games and 12 of 14 games dating back to October 31.

Logan Hascarl scored with five minutes remaining in the third period to complete the comeback and give the Bruins its third consecutive win over the Leafs in the battle of the two Murdoch Division rivals.

Rockers sweep past Hawks, Bombers to capture LVR Mini-Tournament

Bomber forward Jairo Mangapot (10) sets a screen for David Hu on (5) Corbin Lew during Junior Boy's Basketball action Saturday at the LVR Hangar. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

Stanley Humphries Rockers of Castlegar opened the West Kootenay Junior Boy's Basketball season with a pair of wins Saturday at the Hangar in Nelson.

The Rockers jumped to a 26-7 lead, before coasting to a 46-25 decision over the L.V. Rogers Bombers in a three-team mini-tournament.

Morgan Lynn led the Rockers with 11 points while Liam Harder and Marvin Archer each added eight points.

Jairo Mangapot had 10 points and Joshua Jolicoeur added eight points for the Bombers.