World Junior Championship amazing for former KIJHL referee

  If there’s a positive that came out of COVID-19, it’s the opportunity the pandemic led to for Mike Langin and 25 Canadian officials. They got the assignment of being the officiating crew for the World Junior Championship in Edmonton-Red Deer. Langin, a former Kootenay International Junior Hockey League official, worked his first International Ice […]

Posse’s Trzaska influenced by Canucks goalie

  Peyton Trzaska has been coached to make sure he is set to the puck, in position and that his angles are good. The Princeton Posse rookie goalie says “I’m not really flashy.” He works to be ready for the puck and considers his style of play similar to new Vancouver Canucks goalie Braden Holtby. […]

KIJHL Notebook – Coaching in a pandemic

  Just because Kootenay International Junior Hockey League coaches don’t have games to prepare for, doesn’t mean they aren’t still busy and working hard. This week’s KIJHL Notebook focuses on the bench bosses and how the pandemic is pushing them. We connected with a coach from each division to find out what this time has […]

Rebels Wallace keeps pushing to improve

  Drew Doughty. Aaron Ekblad. Two NHL defencemen that Castlegar Rebels rookie blueliner Liam Wallace is inspired to model his game after.   “I love to watch him. He’s a great defenceman with strong body positioning,” says Wallace of Doughty, who plays for the L.A. Kings. “Aaron Ekblad (Florida Panthers) is a great one to […]

Leafs’ DiBella motivated to develop players

Going from player to coach was a big step for Nelson Leafs bench boss Mario DiBella. After playing senior men’s hockey in Nelson, DiBella swapped his spot in the crease for one on the bench in his mid 20s. He learned how to become a quality coach by traveling to seminars listening to other coaches. […]

KIJHL Notebook- Practice makes perfect

    Kootenay International Junior Hockey League players are back on the ice following their Christmas break. Among the players are the 19- and 20-year-olds, who were given the green light by Viasport on Dec. 28 to join their teammates. Currently teams are practicing under Viasports’ Phase 2 Return to Play guidelines, which they are […]

2021 Cyclone Taylor Cup cancelled

British Columbia’s three Junior B hockey leagues have announced the cancellation of the 2021 Cyclone Taylor Cup, which was to be hosted by the Pacific Junior Hockey League’s Delta Ice Hawks from April 8-11 at the Ladner Leisure Centre. The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, along with the Pacific Junior Hockey League, the Vancouver Island […]

Biensch Heat-ing up offensively

    More confidence and a bigger role has led to Jacob Biensch to having nine points in three Kootenay International Junior Hockey League games. Biensch joined the Chase Heat last season in December, teaming up with his brother Caleb. He started the 2019-20 season in the Alberta Junior Hockey League with the Fort McMurray […]

KIJHL Notebook – World Junior Championships

    The World Junior Championships is must-watch hockey for most fans. A tournament part of celebrating the Christmas season. It’s no different for Kootenay International Junior Hockey League players. For that reason, this week’s Notebook reveals what they love about it.   The WJC has inspired Castlegar Rebels captain Josh Wiens. He looks forward […]

Columbia Valley’s Decottignies rock solid

    Noah Decottignies has played a big factor in the Columbia Valley Rockies starting their season 3-0. The Calgary native has stopped 80 of 86 shots he faced in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League play. He has a .930 save percentage, to go with a 2.00 goals against average. The graduate of the Calgary […]