The University of Jamestown Jimmies are beginning to add new pieces to their program for the 2020-21 season.
The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) is proud to announce that five of those players are coming from the Creston Valley Thunder Cats, Castlegar Rebels and Fernie Ghostriders.
From the Rebels, joining are Bo Cornell and Hunter Maximnuk. Cornell of Legal, Alta., has a goal and seven points in 15 games in his third season with the Rebels. Maximnuk, 19, of DeWinton, Alta., has three points in his second season in the league. According to a release by the Jimmies, the Rebels are the first signings for the program for next season by coach Dean Stork.
“We are very fortunate to add a mature defenceman and leader on the ice like Aiden,” said Stork on the program’s website. “He brings a wealth of experience on the back end for our hockey program. He has both a high level character and competitiveness, which will help us in achieving our goal of winning a national championship.
“Hunter is a highly skilled forward with loads of upside,” Stork continued. “He is a skilled centerman on faceoffs and his skating ability will help create a lot of offence which will help us next season.”
From the Thunder Cats, defenceman Andrew Clark and forward Trail Thompson will join the Jimmies. Clark, a Spokane, Wash., native is a 20-year-old in his final KIJHL season. He spent the first three years of his career with his hometown Braves. In his second season with the Thunder Cats, he has two goals and 12 points in 17 games.
Thompson, 20, also from Spokane and a former Brave, has five goals and 12 points in 15 games. This is his second season with the Thunder Cats after spending half a season in Nelson following a trade from the Braves.
On Nov. 12, the Ghostriders announced that defenceman Greg Susinski of Calgary had signed a letter of commitment with the Jimmies. Susinski, 19, is in his third year with the Ghostriders and has four goals and nine points in 13 games. Last season in 37 games, Susinski put up 27 points.
Update- The Jimmies have added another KIJHL player to their organization. Jordon Kromm of the Ghostriders has committed to their program. Kromm has 16 points in 18 games this seasoon. In three KIJHL seasons, Kromm, 20, has 38 goals and 93 points in 113 regular season games.