North Okanagan Knights denied in forfeit appeal

ARMSTRONG- The North Okanagan Knights were unsuccessful in their appeal to have four forfeited wins reversed by the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL).   The Knights had four wins removed from the standings due to icing an ineligible player in six games between September to October. The Knights did not provide evidence to the five-person […]

Leafs goalie grows from professional mentorship

Nelson Leafs goalie Anderson Violette says he owes a lot to retired NHL goaltender Dwayne Roloson.   The Calgary product met him when Roloson, picked Violette for his Anaheim junior Ducks Bantam AAA team in the 2015-16 season.   “Working with him is unbelievable,” says Violette, who also played for the Los Angeles Jr. Kings U16 […]

Chiefs Finnish rookie impresses with work ethic, skills

Kelowna Chiefs rookie Leo Harju, of Oulu, Finland, is adjusting to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League just fine. Photo by Dunsmoor Creative.     Dubbed the Finnish Flash by Global Okanagan, Leo Harju is impressing the Kelowna Chiefs.   Harju has two assists in four games as of Oct. 12, but he feels better about his play […]

KIJHL partner PlayFullScreen bringing more HD to fans is working its way towards streaming high definition to all Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) rinks.   Dave McIlroy, president of, says they are working in a phase of going from a standard to high definition stream.   “You almost think of it as turning up the volume,” says McIlroy. “Rather than just […]

Road work forces cancellation of Grand Forks game

GRAND FORKS-The Border Bruins were scheduled to host the Creston Valley Thunder Cats today. That Kootenay International Junior Hockey League game (#91) has been cancelled due to a highway closure. The Thunder Cats are unable to travel to Grand Forks. There is no new date set for rescheduling the match.

Dynamiters forward Brock Palmer approaches games milestone

Brock Palmer will reach a milestone Saturday with the Kimberley Dynamiters as they host the Golden Rockets in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) action.   The Dynamiters assistant captain and league scoring leader will play in his 100th career KIJHL regular season game. He didn’t even know it was coming.   “It’s crazy that it’s already coming up,” […]

Steam rookie Noah Eisenhut follows junior path of retired NHL father

NHL bloodlines run through the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL).   Luke Recchi of the Chase Heat and Hayden Hirsch of the Kamloops Storm have family that played in the NHL.   Summerland Steam rookie Noah Eisenhut is the newest to join the list. His father Neil Eisenhut played 16 games with the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary […]

Hagen’s stellar debut lifts Oilers past Kodiaks

Welcome to the Michael Hagen show.   The diminutive 2000-born forward put in a debut performance to remember, scoring a goal and adding three assists as the Okotoks Oilers edged the Camrose Kodiaks 4-3 to take the home opener Friday night at Pason Centennial Arena.   “You don’t really plan that, but it’s awesome. I […]

Wranglers Keon joins junior A Canadiens

Ben Keon is making the jump to junior A in Toronto.   The 100 Mile House Wranglers Rookie of the Year has signed to play for the Toronto Canadiens of the Ontario Junior Hockey League.   “We are so happy for Ben to move up to Jr. A and to play in Toronto. He is a great […]

Chiefs fans pack arena on Grant Sheridan night

Grant Sheridan Tribute night was one to remember.   An announced crowd of 996 packed the Rutland Twin Arena on Sept. 20/19 to remember the Kelowna Chiefs late owner. Sheridan then gave his team a nudge from above as Kayson Gallant used slick hands to deke out Chase Heat goalie Dylan Barton to tuck the […]