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Dubois commits to play for Smokies

Dubois commits to play for Smokies

The Trail Smoke Eaters are excited to announce the commitment of Cariboo Cougars forward, Daine Dubois for the 2017/18 season.

The product of Williams Lake tied for the BC Major Midget scoring title, posting 27 goals and 40 assists this past season. Dubois also led his team in playoff scoring, registering 14 points as the Cougars captured the BCMML League title. Dubois is currently preparing for the Midget National Championship (Telus Cup), being hosted by the Cariboo Cougars, from April 24 to 30.

Selkirk College Saints Add Experience at Both Ends of the Ice

Defenceman Parker Wakaruk will join the Selkirk College Saints this September after three seasons of Junior A hockey which concluded in 2016-2017 where he played with the Humboldt Broncos in the SJHL. — Photo courtesy Chris Lee/Humboldt Journal

The Selkirk College Saints have added a pair of highly regarded former junior players to the roster for the upcoming 2017-2018 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season.

Forward Michal Holub and defenceman Parker Wakaruk have committed to Selkirk College and will help the Saints in their pursuit of returning the BCIHL championship trophy to the West Kootenay when the season begins in September.

“Both Michal and Parker have excellent junior hockey resumes,” says Saints head coach Brent Heaven.

Selkirk College Saints Keeping It in the Family

Brandon Sookro grew up playing minor hockey in Nelson and after two seasons playing Junior A in Saskatchewan, will return to the West Kootenay for the 2017-2018 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season with the Selkirk College Saints.  — Photo courtesy Notre Dame Hounds)

The Selkirk College Saints have started the post-graduation rebuilding project and hockey fans will be familiar with the names on the back of the jerseys of two of the newest recruits.

Following in the strides of their older brothers, Brandon Sookro and Logan Kerner will pull on a Saints jersey for the 2017-2018 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season.

Nitehawks suffer heartbreaking OT loss to Wainwright Bisons in Keystone Cup Final

The Nitehawks, hoisting the Cyclone Taylor Cup, completed the season with an impressive 59-9-2-0-3 record.

Beaver Valley’s run at the Western Canada Junior B Hockey Chamiponship came to a heartbreaking end Sunday in Arborg, Manitoba.

Bryce Woodward scored at 3:05 of overtime to lift the Wainwright Bisons to a 4-3 victory over the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Champion Nitehawks in the final of the Keystone Cup.

Trailing 3-1 after two periods, the Hawks tied the game with two goals in a span of 29 seconds by Sam Swanson and Dylan Heppler.

RED's Simon Hillis -- North American Freeride Champ for his age

Left to Right: Gabe Gaudet (Coach), Calix Webber, Simon Hillis, Pete Then (Coach), Natalie Cooper & Liam Gaudet at Kirkwood Mountain, California

Four young Rosslanders qualified for the 2017 North American (NORAM) Junior Freeride Championships. Simon Hillis, Liam Gaudet, Calix Webber and Natalie Cooper recently competed at Kirkwood Mountain in California, April 5th to 8th.

 “The NORAM Freeride Championships welcomes the most talented young freeriders in North America. Any support we can provide for the future of freeriding, especially with our own RED Mountain Juniors, is something that fits nicely with RED’s culture of youth and big mountain skiing,” says Don Thompson, RED’s General Manager.

Selkirk College Saints Celebrate Season’s Achievements

Seventeen of the 24 Selkirk College Saints hockey players received Academic Awards for their performance in the classroom during the 2016-2017 BCIHL season. Some of those picking up the award included (L-R) Troy Maclise, Jordan Rauser, Derek Georgopoulos, Jonas Horvath, Dane Feeney, Justin Kanigan (assistant coach), Austin Wells, Kyle Wheeler (assistant coach), Gordon Campbell and Brent Heaven (head coach). — Selkirk College photo

The Selkirk College Saints hockey program has established itself as the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) gold standard on the ice, but it’s away from the rink where equally impressive feats have been elevated.

At the team’s annual awards night last week, the Saints handed out year-end honours to those players who lead the way during the 2016-2017 season. Though the team fell short of winning its fifth straight BCIHL championship last month, the celebration of achievement was not dulled by the final outcome on the ice.

Hawks handle Storm to clinch Cyclone Taylor Cup

Nelson native Nolan Percival shares a photo with Hawks head coach Terry Jones following Sunday's Cyclone Taylor Cup victory in Creston. — Submitted photo

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks scored five unanswered goals to dump the Campbell River Storm 6-2 in the final of the Cyclone Taylor Cup Sunday in Creston.

Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champion Beaver Valley, which last won the Cyclone Taylor Cup in 2014, now represents BC at the Keystone Cup later this month in Manitoba.

This is the third BC Championship for the Beaver Valley franchise and the second straight Cyclone Taylor Cup for the KIJHL. In 2016, 100 Mile House won the title.

Hawks meet Storm in Cyclone Taylor Cup Final

Hawks meet Storm in Cyclone Taylor Cup Final

After losing for only the third time this playoff season Friday, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks responded in a big way Saturday at the Cyclone Taylor Cup in Creston.

The Hawks rocked the hometown Thunder Cats 6-2 to advance to the Cyclone Taylor Cup Final Sunday against the Campbell River Storm.

Kyle Hope scored three times and McKoy Hauck and Tyler Hartman each added two assists to power the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champs into the final and a chance to represent BC at the Keystone Cup later this month in Arborg, Manitoba.

Hawks blast Storm 6-0 in Cyclone Taylor opener

Hawks blast Storm 6-0 in Cyclone Taylor opener

Game one is in the books for the Beaver Valley Nitehawks at the Cyclone Taylor Cup in Creston.

And if Thursday's score is any indication of what is to come, then the Hawks look to be the early favourites to win it all come Sunday.

Beaver Valley pounded Chris Smith in the Campbell River nets with 43 shots en route to a convincing 6-0 shellacking of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League Champs Thursday during the opening day of the Cyclone Taylor Cup in Creston.

Toneff leaves Smokies for Buccaneers

Photo by Randy Emery

Assistant Coach Curtis Toneff has left the Trail Smoke Eaters to accept a position as the Head Coach and General Manager of the Nanaimo Buccaneers of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL). Though we are sad to see a young coach of Curt’s calibre leave our organization, we are excited for him as he takes the next step in his coaching career.

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