KIJHL excited to participate in WCDM

Hockey Canada has announced that its board of directors has approved a Western Canadian Development Model (WCDM) pilot project for the 2024-25 season, following an extensive proposal submitted in collaboration from its four Western Members, their respective Junior A hockey leagues and the Western Hockey League (WHL). The WCDM pilot project focuses on strengthening the […]

KIJHL alum Pogge named to Team Canada coaching staff

  Summerland Sting alum Justin Pogge (2002-03) has been named to the coaching staff for Canada’s National Junior team, led by Dave Cameron. Pogge, a Penticton, B.C. native, is part of the staff as a goaltending consultant. They will be looking to win gold on home ice at the 2025 IIHF World Junior Championship in […]

Ghostriders hiring Head Coach-GM and Assistant Coach

The Fernie Ghostriders Junior A Hockey Club have a pair of immediate openings: one for a Head Coach & General Manager and another for a full-time Assistant Coach. HEAD COACH & GENERAL MANAGER The Head Coach and General Manager is responsible for ensuring each of our players receive the absolute highest possible program value in […]

KIJHL releases 2024-25 regular season schedule

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. All KIJHL teams will play a 44-game regular season that includes 34 games each against divisional and conference opponents and one game each against teams from the […]

KIJHL AGM concludes in Nelson, B.C.

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League held its 2024 Annual General Meeting on Saturday, June 22nd in Nelson, with the meeting generating a number of news items that will be of interest to KIJHL fans: OKANAGAN-SHUSWAP CONFERENCE ALIGNMENT With the Merritt Centennials, Quesnel River Rush and Williams Lake Mustangs all joining the KIJHL’s Okanagan-Shuswap Conference, […]

Nitehawks alum Lucchini signs with NHL’s Predators

  Beaver Valley Nitehawks alum Jake Lucchini (2011-12) has signed a two-year, two-way contract with the NHL’s Nashville Predators. Lucchini, 29, posted five points (2g-3a) in a career-high 40 games for the Minnesota Wild in 2023-24. He also played in 30 games for the AHL’s Iowa Wild last season, notching 23 points (11g-12a) and finishing […]

Wranglers alum Stevenson helps Bears repeat as Calder Cup champs

  100 Mile House Wranglers alum Clay Stevenson (2016-17) has won his second straight American Hockey League Calder Cup championship with the Hershey Bears. The Bears won the Calder Cup in six games, taking Game 6 5-4 in overtime yesterday against the Coachella Valley Firebirds. Stevenson backed up Hunter Shepard and saw action in two […]

Eagles alum Shea Weber selected for Hall of Fame 2024 Class

  Sicamous Eagles alum Shea Weber (2000-02) has been selected into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Players Category as part of the 2024 Class. Weber starred for his hometown Eagles in 2001-02 and registered 42 points in 47 regular season games then moved onto the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets, where he won a Memorial […]

BC Hockey honours KIJHL official Melissa Brunn as Official of the Year

  KIJHL official Melissa Brunn was named the BC Hockey Official of the Year for 2023-24. During the season, Brunn, based out of the Kelowna Minor Hockey Association, officiated at the 2024 IIHF Division 1 U18 Women’s World Championship in Italy, made her Professional Women’s Hockey League officiating debut in February, officiated in her second […]

KIJHL official shares Memorial Cup experience

  Kootenay International Junior Hockey League referee Dustin Minty recently returned from working his first Canadian Hockey League Memorial Cup. Minty, a Summerland resident, has been a linesman in the Western Hockey League for 12 years and talked about his Memorial Cup experience. He was the lone linesman from the WHL chosen.   KIJHL: What […]