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Saints welcome former Nelson Leafs players back for two-game set against UVIC at NDCC Arena

Former Nelson Junior Leafs standout Jamie Vlanich will be returning to the Nelson & District Community Complex this weekend for a BCIHL exhibition series against the University of Victoria Vikes. He will be bringing some friends in linemates Ryan Edwards and Dallas Calvin who are also familiar names for local hockey fans. — Photo courtesy Selkirk Saints

The Selkirk College Saints will showcase British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) calibre action in Nelson at the NDCC Arena this weekend when they host the University of Victoria Vikes in a special two-game exhibition set.

“Selkirk is a regional college and we are a regional team,” said Selkirk College Director of Athletics Kim Verigin.

“Logistically we have to base the team out of Castlegar, but we want hockey fans in the area to get a look at the great hockey that is played in this league.

Henke, Bobic capture top prizes at Balfour Ladies Open

Balfour Ladies Open organizer Roma Martin (center) presents Linda Henke of Nakusp (left) and Linda Bobic of the host Balfour Course with low gross and low net trophies, respectively. — Photo submitted

Linda Henke came away with the top prize at the 25th Annual Ladies Open Golf Tournament earlier this month at the Balfour Golf Course.

Henke was the low gross winner in a field of 72 players from the Okanagan, Washington State and both East and West Kootenays.

Balfour's Linda Bobic was the other top winner, taking home the low net title.


Chiefs spoil opening night for Nelson Leafs

Everett Yaninski gets just enough of this first period shot by Kohlman Brinsky in a 3-0 loss to Kelowna Friday at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

Wow, nobody saw that one coming.

Brady Lenardon stopped all 22 shots to power the Kelowna Chiefs to a 3-0 shutout of the Nelson Leafs on opening night of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Friday night in the Heritage City.

Josh Kobelka, Jeffery Schiegel and Jaden McNulty, into an empty net, scored for the visitors from the Okanagan/Shuswap Division.

Kelowna led 1-0 after 40 minutes as the hometown Leafs struggled to generate any offence.

Everett Yasinski took the loss in goal for Nelson.

Leafs host Castlegar Tuesday in first of two-game home-and-home series

Leafs host Castlegar Tuesday in first of two-game home-and-home series

The Nelson Leafs enter the home stretch of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League exhibition season when the Green and White meet rival Castlegar Rebels in a home-and-home series beginning Tuesday at the NDCC Arena.

Nelson takes a 1-1 preseason mark into the contest after dropping a 6-2 decision to Beaver Valley Nitehawks Saturday at the Hawks Nest.

Beaver Valley held periods leads of 2-0 and 5-1.

Leafs coach Dave McLellan said fans will see most of the team that will open the KIJHL regular season Friday at home against Kelowna Chiefs.

High School Crosscountry first sport to step out out of gates

Former LVR student Shawn DeGroot was a force on the crosscountry circuit for LVR. — The Nelson Daily file photo

School begins Tuesday and so does the BC High School Fall Sports Season.

On tap to kick off the season locally is the Kootenay Crosscountry Circuit, beginning September 16 in Kaslo with the River Run.

There are five meets — September 23 in Rossland, September 30 in at L.V. Rogers in Nelson and October 7 at Mount Sentinel in the South Slocan — before competitors take to Kokanee Provincial Park north of Nelson for the West Kootenay Championships.

New Kootenay plan secures quality fishing for all anglers

The main change is implementation of a booking system for non-resident anglers.

Regulatory changes to Kootenay angling management announced Thursday will help ensure a quality fishing experience, reduce crowding on popular rivers and support trout conservation.

The main change is implementation of a booking system for non-resident anglers on three “classified waters” in the Kootenays: the Wigwam River, Skookumchuck Creek and Michel Creek.

All three of these fisheries have seen non-resident, non-guided angler use exceed targets, creating overcrowding on the river as well as pressure on fish populations.

Selkirk College Saints and Trail Smoke Eaters Face Off in Third Annual Columbia River Cup

The Selkirk College Saints and Trail Smoke Eaters will engage in the third annual Columbia River Cup this coming weekend with games in Castlegar (Friday) and Trail (Saturday). The puck drops on both exhibition games at 7 p.m.

Hockey fans are in for a treat this weekend when the Selkirk College Saints and the Trail Smoke Eaters tangle in a cross-league exhibition home-and-home series that will serve as a warm-up for the 2015-2016 regular season.

Hopefuls looking to the crack the squads for the three-time defending British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) Saints and the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) Smokies will do battle in the third annual Columbia River Cup starting on Friday night at the Castlegar & District Community Complex and then Saturday night at the Cominco Arena in Trail. The puck drops on both games at 7 p.m.