Castlegar hockey player commits to Trail Smoke Eaters

The Trail Smoke Eaters are proud to announce the signing of Brayden Rotach (’07). Rotach is a 5’11”, 165-pound left shot forward from Castlegar, BC and played last season with the Okanagan Rockets U18 AAA program in the BCEHL. In 36 games this past season, Brayden scored 17 goals and added 30 assists for 47 […]

KIJHL releases 2024-25 schedule, hosts AGM in Nelson

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League has released its 2024-25 regular season schedule, which begins on Friday, September 20th with 18 of the league’s 21 teams in action. The schedule release comes days after league governors met in Nelson at the Annual General Meeting. All KIJHL teams will play a 44-game regular season that includes […]

Smokies sign Coccimiglio for 2024-25

The Trail Smoke Eaters are proud to announce the signing of Jared Coccimiglio (’04) for the upcoming 2024-25 upcoming season. Coccimiglio is a 5’8″, 170-pound right shot forward from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and played last season with the Philadelphia Rebels in the NAHL. Jared scored 23 goals and added 14 assists for 37 points […]

Castlegar's Travis Green named the next head coach of the Ottawa Senators

The long-awaited search for the next head coach of the Ottawa Senators has officially come to an end. President of Hockey Operations and GM, Steve Staios announced that Travis Green, originally from Castlegar, BC, has been named the next head coach in franchise history, a title he will hold through the end of the 2027-28 […]

Four remain in hunt for Tier 3 U18 Title

Castlegar U18s finished out of the playoffs at the BC Hockey Tier 3 Championships at the NDCC Arena. Castlegar lost 2-0 to Dawson Creek to finish the eight-team tournament in fourth spot in Pool B with a 0-1-2 record. Division winning Terrace and Mission advance as the top seeds in Wednesday morning’s semi-finals at the […]

Smokie Warrener Commits to Alaska Anchorage for 2024-25 Season

The Trail Smoke Eaters are proud to announce that defenceman Ethan Warrener (’03) has committed to the University of Alaska Anchorage for the 2024-25 season. Warrener is in his third season with the Trail Smoke Eaters and heads the leadership group as Captain. The Calgary, Alberta native has played all of his 127 BCHL games […]

Rebels alumnus Green named interim head coach of NHL’s Devils

Courtesy KIJHL Castlegar Rebels alum Travis Green (1985-86) has been named the New Jersey Devils Interim Head Coach for the rest of the 2023-34 NHL season.  The Devils made the announcement on March 4. “Travis has key experience running benches at the junior, AHL and NHL levels and knows that there are no shortcuts to […]

West Kootenay Basketball Officials take to court to call fouls on cancer

Basketball Officials in the West Kootenay are once again joining with their provincial colleagues to call fouls on CANCER. West Kootenay Basketball Officials are again raising money and awareness in the 15th Call a Foul on Cancer — Pink Whistles Legacy Fund, which strives to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society — B.C. and […]

KIJHL announces partnership with Neuropsychology Consultant

In a media release Wednesday, the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) announced its partnership with Dr. Michael Czarnota, the official Neuropsychology Consultant of the Canadian Hockey League. Dr. Czarnota comes with an impressive resume working with the ECHL, USHL, the CHL and its three leagues and has a desire to work with as many […]

UPDATED: Games cancelled for Alberta teams joining BCHL

The Alberta Junior Hockey League is putting the hammer down on the five teams joining the independent, British Columbia Hockey League for 2024-25 season. The AJHL said in a statement Thursday on its website that the league has “cancelled all upcoming games scheduled to be played between these five defecting teams and the remaining eleven […]
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