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What a draft year for USA U18s!

  July 2, 2019 It was quite a draft year for the USA U18 development program – which saw eight players drafted in the first round in Vancouver on June 28, including the #1 overall pick, Jack Hughes, selected by the New Jersey Devils. The USA can also claim one more, who, while not on Read More »

NHL Central Scouting – 20 BC Players listed

      April 16, 2019 BC Born / Raised NHL Draft Prospects Here’s a brief look at the Top 10 BC players on the NHL Central Scouting final pre-draft prospects list. Scroll down for the full list of 20 BC born / raised players listed.     Cranbrook’s Bowen Byram of the Vancouver Giants, Read More »

Four North Van D-men crack NHL mid-terms

          January 22, 2019 Four North Vancouver d-men have cracked the NHL mid-term rankings for North American skaters, in advance of the 2019 NHL draft. Gianni Fairbrother (9.30.00), a sophomore with the Everett Silvertips, is ranked #85. Fairbrother is posting 6G-24 points for the Tips, on the coat-tails of another North Read More »

18 BCHL graduates headed to NCAA tourney in Belfast

November 21, 2018 The fourth-annual Friendship Four NCAA hockey tournament starts Friday, November 23 in Belfast, Northern Ireland and 18 BCHL grads will take the ice. Meant to promote the game of hockey in the United Kingdom, the Friendship Four takes place SSE Arena Belfast, the home arena of the Belfast Giants of the Elite Read More »

College Alumni Rise in NHL Coaching Ranks

College hockey, once largely dismissed as a path to a pro hockey career, now has a large footprint throughout the NHL November 14, 2018 By Gary Santaniello – New York Times, first published October 20, 2018 When the season began this month, the league had six new coaches, four of whom played NCAA hockey. Two Read More »

BCHL New Season Opens Tonight – Playoff Rivalries on Tap

  September 7, 2018 Training camp and preseason are officially over and now the action starts for real as the BCHL regular season fires up off this weekend, the 57th in league history. As usual there are plenty of storylines heading into the season, after a summer that saw a great deal of change in Read More »

BCHL 2018-2019 – Key Players to Watch

  September 7, 2018 Training camp and preseason are officially over and now the action starts for real as the BCHL regular season fires up off this weekend, the 57th in league history. As usual there are plenty of storylines heading into the season, after a summer that saw a great deal of change in Read More »

WJC Playmakers – Ron Toigo, Barry Petrachenko

July 5, 2018 by Jessica Gowans The 2019 World Junior Championships are being hosted by Victoria and Vancouver this year. In a recent interview, the host committee co-chairs talk about bringing the World Juniors to British Columbia, helping celebrate 100 years of B.C. Hockey, and what the tournament will mean to minor hockey. Leading in Read More »

Jersey Day – April 12, 2018

  April 12, 2018 CBC News, with files from Canadian Press From celebrities to premiers to hockey moms in B.C., Canadians wore hockey jerseys on Thursday in a show of solidarity with the victims and survivors of a Saskatchewan bus crash that killed 16 people. Jersey Day, as it has been dubbed, was organized by Read More »

Not the first tragedy at this intersection

  Crash reminiscent of tragedy over twenty years prior – same intersection White crosses mark the spot where six people were killed in a crash in 1997. That crash killed Rod Fiddler, 33; his wife, Terri Lynne Fiddler, 30; and their children Jocelyn, 4; Jasmine, 3; and Kassandre, one month. The girls’ aunt, 26-year-old Wendy Lou Fiddler, also Read More »

Cherry’s Tribute

  April 12, 2018 The Canadian Press Don Cherry paid further tribute to the Humboldt Broncos on Coach’s Corner on Wednesday night. Cherry spoke during the first intermission of Game 1 of the Winnipeg Jets and Minnesota Wild’s first-round Stanley Cup playoff series, adding further detail to his thoughts on the Humboldt Broncos’ bus crash Read More »

What was left behind

  CBC News · Posted: Apr 11, 2018 3:20 PM CT  A broken Slap Shot DVD left at the scene of the Humboldt Broncos crash site. (Olivia Stefanovich/CBC) The site of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash that killed 16 and left 14 others injured remained littered with reminders of what happened, even well after the victims Read More »

Humboldt Broncos bus crash: What we know so far

April 12, 2018 From Globe & Mail The basics Sixteen people are dead after a collision on Friday between a Saskatchewan junior hockey team’s bus and a tractor-trailer in rural Saskatchewan. The death toll increased on Wednesday after Dayna Brons, the athletic therapost for the Humboldt Broncos, died. Her family said she was previously in a Read More »

Dayna Brons – passes away – 16th fatality

  April 12, 2018 SASKATOON — The athletic therapist for the Humboldt Broncos became the 16th person to die following a horrific bus crash in Saskatchewan last week. Relatives of Dayna Brons of the 25-year-old say they will remember her for “joyful smile.” They say Brons died Wednesday afternoon in a Saskatoon hospital from injuries Read More »

Rockets finish #1 in BC Division

March 18, 2018 The Kelowna Rockets closed out the 2017-2018 regular season with an 8-1 win over the Vancouver Giants on Saturday night at Prospera Place. With just over five minutes to play in the first frame Libor Zabransky(2) opened the scoring with a nice snap shot that beat Giants goaltender Trent Miner low on Read More »

Matilla advocacy earns Top 40 under 40 nomination

  Originally published December 27, 2017 by Steve MacNaull, The Daily Courier Myles Mattila didn’t have to choose between higher education and high-calibre hockey. “I knew I wanted to get a business degree, but I still wanted to play at the highest level of hockey I could,” said the 18-year-old. “I’m lucky I’m able to Read More »

You are not alone – Corey Hirsch

  January 25, 2018 Corey Hirsch, courtesy The Players Tribune Honestly, I was prepared to never work in hockey again. When I went public with my story about struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression last year, I was terrified that people wouldn’t understand. I was worried that no one would want to hire me ever Read More »

8 BC players among 66 chosen for Hockey Canada U17 teams

Dennis Pajot/Getty Images October 16, 2017 Sixty-six players have been chosen to represent Canada at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, November 5-11 in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, B.C. One goaltender, three defencemen and five forwards with BC connections are among the picks. Of these eight, one is currently playing Major Midget, three Read More »

Watch that Space

  I was 12 years old the first time someone showed me the five hole. My U13 coach called us all over to the net after one of our practices had ended. He had the goalie stand in a ready position. He told us where to shoot, where to look. He explained the art of Read More »

Squamish native Lukosevicius leads DU to National Championship

  April 8, 2017 by Mike Chambers, The Denver Post CHICAGO — Jim Montgomery scored three consecutive third-period goals for a natural hat trick that lifted Maine to the 1993 national championship. The Black Bears’ senior captain was named Frozen Four MVP. Twenty-four years later, Montgomery pleasantly watched one of his pupils nearly match his Read More »

Stapley commits to Pioneers

March 28, 2017 It has to be a good feeling when the No. 1-ranked team in NCAA hockey wants your services for the future. That’s the case for Vernon Vipers forward Brett Stapley who has committed to play at the University of Denver where the Pioneers are currently the top-ranked club in NCAA Div. I Read More »

NCAA Frozen 4 set – 63 BCHL grads competed in regionals

  March 29, 2017 The sixteen team NCAA men’s hockey regional semi finals were played last Friday and Saturday at four locations, with the four winners advancing to the Frozen Four in Chicago, April 6 & 8. The teams played in a single elimination format, with the two Friday winners meeting on Saturday. The Saturday Read More »

NCAA Playoff Tournament Brackets Announced

  March 19, 2917 By Adam Gretz, On Sunday the NCAA revealed the 16 teams that will be participating in the 2017 hockey tournament. The University of Denver, which is led by Troy Terry and Will Butcher enters the tournament as the No. 1 overall seed. Butcher, still unsigned as a draft pick by the Read More »

Wentachee’s Colin Burston BCHL PoW

  February 6, 2017 Wenatchee Wild forward Colin Burston has been named the BCHL Player of the Week for the week ending February 5, the league announced Monday. Burston recorded four goals and three assists in two games as the Wild won both contests on home ice. The Winnipeg native had two helpers in a Read More »