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Vipers honor owner Duncan Wray, who passed suddenly last week

    January 14, 2018 by Roger Knox, Vernon Morning Star Just this past Saturday, The Morning Star had a chance to reminisce with Vernon Vipers owner Duncan Wray. It was at the Celebrate The Civic game against the Prince George Spruce Kings, the final Junior A game to be played in the Vernon Civic Read More »

BCHL update – Vipes jump into lead – Standings, Leaders

  January 7, 2018 As the second half of the BCHL regular season gets underway, the Vernon Vipers stand alone at the top of the standings with 59 points in 41 games, and a six point lead on second place Wenatchee Wild. Both teams play in the Interior Division. Two other teams in the division Read More »

WJC – Canada wins Gold in thriller

  January 5, 2017 by Andrew Podnieks Tyler Steenbergen scored the biggest goal of his life, with just 1:40 left in regulation, to break a 1-1 deadlock with Sweden and set up a 3-1 empty netter for Team Canada Gold. Steenbergen had played just 3:17 through two periods, 37 seconds in the first, had but Read More »

WHL Standings – Tight, tight, tight

  January 7, 2017 As the second half of the WHL regular season gets underway, things couldn’t be much tighter at the top of the Western Conference standings. The Kelowna Rockets and Vancouver Giants are now tied at 51 points in first place, though the Rockets have three games in hand. A point back, the Read More »

WHL Round Up – Jan. 6 games

    January 7, 2018 by Robert Murray     Vancouver Giants (5) at Medicine Hat Tigers (3) Vancouver (23-14-3-2) // Medicine Hat (22-16-3-0) Dawson Holt scored twice while Brad Morrison and Brayden Watts each recorded a goal and an assist as the Vancouver Giants swept their three-game road trip through Alberta Saturday with a 5-3 victory Read More »

CHL supports Juniors in Olympics play

    January 5, 2018 by Ken Campbell, The Hockey News CHL president David Branch said Hockey Canada will get the full support from the major junior circuit, and that could mean a few World Junior Championship standouts find themselves on the Olympic roster in Pyeongchang.   BUFFALO – Although no official announcement has been Read More »

Russia shocks U18 Women

  January 6, 2018 by Andy Potts A big crowd in Dmitrov inspired Russia to its first ever victory over Canada in Women’s U18 World Championship play. What difference does home ice advantage make? For Russia at the start of the 2018 Women’s World U18 Championship, the boost from playing in Dmitrov was huge. Prior Read More »

WHL Round Up

  January 1, 2018 by Robert Murray Prince George Cougars (3) at Vancouver Giants (4) — OT Prince George (14-18-4-2) // Vancouver (20-14-3-2) James Malm’s seventh game-winning goal of the season helped the Vancouver Giants become the third team in the B.C. Division to 20 victories Monday, exacting some revenge against the Prince George Cougars at the Langley Events Centre. Read More »

World Juniors QF Preview

  January 1, 2018 By Alec Gearty Here’s an overview of the quarterfinal World Junior games set for Tuesday, January 2. All times EASTERN.   Finland vs. Czech Republic Noon at KeyBank Center Finland wasn’t able to grasp a higher seed in its group so they’ll have to face the Czech Republic in the first Read More »

Rockets Dube to lead Canada Juniors

  Dillon Dube to captain Canada at world juniors December 24, 2017 CBC Sports Kelowna Rockets forward Dillon Dube will captain Team Canada at the upcoming world junior championship. Defencemen Dante Fabbro (Boston University), Victor Mete (Montreal Canadiens) and Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings) will serve as alternates. Dube, Fabbro and Clague are returning members Read More »

World Juniors: USA 9-0 vs Denmark

  December 26, 2017 by Lucas Aykroyd The defending champion U.S. got five first-period goals and never looked back in a 9-0 demolition of Denmark to start the 2018 World Juniors on Tuesday. Fan favorite Casey Mittelstadt and Kieffer Bellows delivered two goals apiece. Patrick Harper and Max Jones each had a goal and an Read More »

World Juniors: Czechs upset Russians 5-4

December 26, 2017 by Andrew Podnieks Filip Zadina and Filip Chytil scored in the second period to beak a 2-2 tie en route to a huge 5-4 Czech upset of the Russians. The improbable win came in the opening game of the 2018 World Junior Championship and was only the second victory for the Czechs in Read More »

Canada starts World Juniors with a win

    Finns can’t keep up or buy a break December 26, 2017 by Andrew Podnieks Team Canada started its 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship on a positive note, defeating a strong but young Finnish team, 4-2. Canada got goals from four scorers and solid goaltending from Carter Hart, the goalie of record in last Read More »

Tendeck WHL Goaltender of the Week

  December 18, 2017 Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Vancouver Giants goaltender David Tendeck has been named WHL Goaltender of the Week and the league nominee for Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending December 17, 2017. Tendeck, who is eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft, appeared in Read More »

Thunderbirds’ Volcan named WHL POW

December 18, 2017 Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Seattle Thunderbirds forward Nolan Volcan has been named WHL On the Run Player of the Week for the week ending December 17, 2017. Volcan recorded seven points (2G-5A) in only two games this week as the Thunderbirds won back-to-back games to close out Read More »

Eagles Burgart commits to Quinnipiac

  December 19, 2017 Camden, Connecticut Quinnipiac picked up its second commitment of the night on Monday. Less than an hour after the verbal commitment of Jack Silich, the Bobcats tapped back into Western Canada with the commitment of 1998 center Desi Burgart of the Surrey Eagles in the British Columbia Hockey League. Burgart is Read More »

World Jr A Challenge – Canada West win Gold!

December 16, 2017 By Jason La Rose TRURO, N.S. – Zach Rose was spectacular in a 35-save performance, Angus Crookshank scored the game-winning goal and added an assist, as Canada West beat the United States 5-1 on Saturday to win the gold medal at the 2017 World Junior A Challenge. It is the fifth gold Read More »

WJC Camp by the numbers

  December 12, 2017 By Jason La Rose Taking one step closer to Buffalo, N.Y., and the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, Hockey Canada has unveiled the 32 players who will attend Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp. The players bring varied experiences to St. Catharines, from Team Canada veterans to those who Read More »

32 Prospects invited to Canada World Juniors Camp

    December 6, 2017 CALGARY – Hockey Canada moved one step closer to finding out who will wear the red-and-white at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, as 32 players earned an invitation to Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp in St. Catharines, Ont., Dec. 12-15. The selection camp roster includes four Read More »

Moose Jaw Warriors down Rockets 6-3

    December 12, 2017 by Kevin Bains The Kelowna Rockets fell 6-3 to the Moose Jaw Warriors in Moose Jaw on Tuesday night. Carsen Twarynski opened the scoring at 14:54 to set himself a new career high in goals with 21. Tanner Jeannot (23) evened things up at 18:28 and the two clubs were Read More »

2017-18 CJHL Top 20 – Vipers and Vees ranked 15, 18

  CJHL 2017-18 TOP 20 (As of Dec.11/17) In the current national rankings of Canadian Jr. A teams, only two BCHL teams are listed in the top 20 – Vernon Vipers ranked 15th, and Penticton Vees ranked 18th. Of western teams, the AJHL’s Okotoks Oilers are ranked highest, at 4th overall, with the AJ’s Fort Read More »

Vipes and Vees lead BCHL, but lots of tight races in play

December 5, 2017 Current BCHL Standings: The Interior Division Vernon Vipers and Penticton Vees are duking it out for top honors in the BCHL, as the only two teams with a +.700 winning percentage so far. The Vees are three points back of the first place Vipers, but have four games in hand at the Read More »

Cages mandatory for BC Junior B players next year

  December 5, 2017 Below is the announcement from BC Hockey today regarding full face protection for Junior B players starting next season. Interestingly, the Ontario Hockey Association has already instituted the rule for both Junior B and Junior A leagues in Ontario, affecting 112 teams, for the current season (photo above is a current Read More »

Cougars Jackson Leppard – NHL Scouting Player to Watch

    November 30, 2017 By WHL Network “Growing the Game’s Best Talent” is a multipart series, sponsored by BC Tree Fruits, that highlights the next generation of WHL stars set to embark on a journey of pursuing NHL dreams. “Growing the Game’s Best Talent” can be seen monthly at WHL.ca, featuring a key member of the Read More »

BCHL announce Exposure camp for 03s and 04s

  December 4, 2017 The BCHL has announced details for the 2018 BCHL Exposure Camp for players born in 2003 and 2004. There will be two camps – in Richmond, May 19-21 and in West Kelowna, July 18-20. “The BCHL Exposure Camp provides talented prospects the ability to showcase their skills directly to BCHL coaches, scouts Read More »

WHL Roundup: Saturday and Sunday Games

  December 3, 2017 Below is a quick recap of WHL action on the weekend. Only one BC division game was played Sunday, with four games Saturday. Victoria Royals are still on top of BC division, two points behind overall Western Conference leaders Portland Winterhawks. Kelowna is now just two points back of Victoria, with Read More »

BCHL Coquitlam Express replace Head Coach

    November 28, 2017 The Coquitlam Express have announced the hiring of Jason Fortier as the team’s new head coach and assistant general manager. The move replaces Barry Wolff who held both coach and general manager roles for the last five seasons. The Express have gotten off to a 3-21-1-1 start to the season Read More »