Eagles’ Cunningham signs with SJHL Hawks


Sicamous Eagles goalie Damon Cunningham has signed to play for the SJHL’s Nipawin Hawks for this season.

In 13 games with the Eagles, the Sturgeon County, Alberta product had eight wins, two by shutout, and a 2.38 goals against average with a .929 save percentage.

Cunningham, who was listed by the Hawks in October, agreed to join them during the Christmas break.

“I’m excited to now be here and get to work,” said Cunningham, who had a blast with the Eagles. “I had a great time. We have a really close knit group there and we all gelled well together. We have a great coaching in Nick Deschenes, Erik Tuff and Rob Sutherland. I want to thank them for giving me the opportunity to play for the Eagles.”

Cunningham joined the KIJHL organization after having played for the Pacific Coast Academy U18 program for two seasons. Deschenes said Cunningham was a highly touted goaltender. 

“He was able to show that he had the ability to move up. He has probably one of the better starts of a KIJHL goalie career in the first couple months,” said Deschenes. “His save percentage was pretty outrageous. His stats check the box, he definitely garnered some interest from other teams as far as Junior A opportunities.” 

Cunningham shared the crease with Austin Seibel of the North Okanagan Knights on the KIJHL Prospects for the BCHC Prospects Game in Chilliwack.