Beaver Valley Nitehawks forward Nathan Dominici has signed to play for the Trail Smoke Eaters in the B.C. Hockey League next season.
Dominici had 23 goals and 41 points in 39 games to lead the Nitehawks. In 75 career games, the Trail product had 36 goals and 68 points. This season Dominici played seven games as an affiliate player with the Smoke Eaters. He played in three during the regular season and scored his first BCHL goal. He then saw action in four games during their Fred Page Cup playoff run.
On Top Shelf – The KIJHL Podcast, Dominici talked about his experience of scoring that goal, which you can hear at the 1:06 mark.
“It’s pretty exciting. Playing for my hometown team is something I always wanted to do,” said Dominici. “It’s pretty special.”
Playing as an affiliate helped Dominici realize what the jump is like to Junior A.
“I definitely like the faster play and I think next season will be fun,” he said.
A second season with the Nitehawks was beneficial for the 18-year-old as it gave him more confidence and he was given lots of ice time which helped him improve on everything. He became faster and worked on his shot and credited Head Coach Terry Jones and the coaching staff for giving him opportunities.
Jones said they are very happy for Dominici moving up to the BCHL and noted that he has been dedicated to being his best.
“He’s a relentless and physical competitor, a talented scorer and respected team leader,” said Jones. “Nathan’s character and presence will be a huge asset for the Smokies in the coming seasons. We thank him for his immense contribution to the Nitehawks and wish him the very best in his future.”