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Border Bruins Win Two of Three on Opening Weekend

Border Bruins' Max Newton

It was billed as the return of the ice age as the Grand Forks junior hockey team launched their new season on the weekend with three games at home.

For the fans it was one of the most entertaining weekends in a long time; if this is an indication of things to come we are in for some exciting hockey during this 2014-15 season.

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report — Cooler temperature starting to wake up fish

Nelson resident Jayden Maida with a nice 24 pound Chinook Salmon. — Photo courtesy Reel Adventures Sportfishing

By Kerry Reed, Reel Adventures Sportfishing

The summer is over and September is nearing the midway point. So there's plenty of time this month to hook a big one on Kootenay Lake.

Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Charters is here to give his monthly fishing report. So read and enjoy.

We’re back from the West Coast.  And this year was an unusual year on the ocean.

Work-in-progress Leafs rally past Murdoch rival Castlegar 5-3

Nelson exploded for three third-period goals to rally past Castlegar 5-3 Saturday at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

For a team that just over a month ago didn’t have a coach, Leaf fans must feel pretty good after week one of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season.

Nelson exploded for three goals in a span of 134 seconds to rally past the Castlegar Rebels 5-3 in KIJHL Murdoch Division action Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.

The win, coupled with 3-3 tie Friday against Beaver Valley, lifts Nelson into sole possession of first place in Murdoch Division standings.

Nelson sends trio of grads to 2014 Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament

Nelson hockey products (top left) Isaac MacLeod, Dryden Hunt and Jim Hiller (bottom left) are penciled in to this weekend’s Prospects Tournament in Michigan. — Dryden Hunt photo by Gregg Forwerck/Carolina Hurricanes

The Octopus Thrower website lists five players for Red Wings Nation to watch at this weekend’s 2014 Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament.

The Die by the Blade site puts the spotlights the top 2014 draft picks of the Buffalo Sabres in Sam Reinhart and Brendan Lemieux as two players to keep an eye on.

The main focus of The Nelson Daily is three grads from Nelson Minor Hockey Association who will also be wetting their NHL appetitie at the Traverse City tournament in one capacity or another.

Saints and Smokies to square off this weekend

The Selkirk College Saints are coming off back-to-back BCIHL titles and have a solid crop of returning players and talented newcomers in the line-up for the upcoming season. Forward Mason Spear (above) is one of the players who is back and ready to defend the title. The Saints start the exhibition season this weekend with a home-and-home series against the Trail Smoke Eaters.

The Selkirk College Men's Hockey program will play their first exhibition games of the 2014-15 season this weekend in a home-and-home series against the BCHL’s Trail Smoke Eaters.

The Selkirk Saints will host the Smokies on Friday night at the Castlegar and District Community Complex at 7:00 p.m. and the Smokies will welcome the Saints on Saturday night at the Cominco Arena starting at 7: p.m.

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.