BC Minor Hockey

Caden Dehoog, one of the instructors at the 2022 BC Hockey Summer Officiating School from Aug. 4-8, grew up in Salmon Arm and loves the path of refereeing he’s taken. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm hockey referee skates from student to instructor

40 budding officials join BC Hockey’s Summer Officiating School

 

Lori-Ann Williams is a co-recipient of the 2022 Fred Heslop Award, which is presented annually to individuals who have made significant contributions to BC Hockey, their association and community. (Photo contributed)

Outstanding Salmon Arm Minor Hockey volunteer honoured by BC Hockey

Provincial organization recognizes contributions to BC Hockey, the local association and community

 

Kole Comin leaving court on the second day of a month-long trial. (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)

Trial starts in Kelowna for 4 men accused of sexual assault, unlawful confinement

The four men allegedly took turns sexually assaulting a young woman in Kelowna

 

Salmon Arm firefighters and CP Rail staff responded to compressed gas leaking from a rail car carrying argon refrigeration liquid on Saturday, March 19, 2022. (Salmon Arm Fire Department photo)

Salmon Arm rail crossing temporarily closed due to rail car leaking argon gas

Fire chief said gas non-toxic, non-flammable, but in large concentrations can displace oxygen

Salmon Arm firefighters and CP Rail staff responded to compressed gas leaking from a rail car carrying argon refrigeration liquid on Saturday, March 19, 2022. (Salmon Arm Fire Department photo)
The Lumby Stars won the five-team U18 Female Division of the 24th annual Richmond Ravens Ice Classic hockey tournament Sunday, March 20. The Stars defeated the Yukon Wild 6-1 in the final. It was the only goal scored on the Stars in five games. (Facebook photo)

Lumby U18 females Stars of Richmond tourney

Stars win Richmond Ravens Ice Classic; North OK Knights fall in district U15 rec final; Jr. Snakes winners

The Lumby Stars won the five-team U18 Female Division of the 24th annual Richmond Ravens Ice Classic hockey tournament Sunday, March 20. The Stars defeated the Yukon Wild 6-1 in the final. It was the only goal scored on the Stars in five games. (Facebook photo)
Salmon Arm’s U13 Scorpions wrapped up their 2021-22 hockey season with a fundraising effort for Ukraine.Team members rallied to donate their canceled hockey tournament refunds to the Ukraine crisis for a total of $534. Special efforts were made by Carter Kowaski, Mason Kenny, Jesse Brink, Jackson Reiter, Aiden and Grayson Williams. (Contributed)

Salmon Arm U13 Scorpions donate for Ukraine

Team donates to Canadian Red Cross

  • Mar 21, 2022
Salmon Arm’s U13 Scorpions wrapped up their 2021-22 hockey season with a fundraising effort for Ukraine.Team members rallied to donate their canceled hockey tournament refunds to the Ukraine crisis for a total of $534. Special efforts were made by Carter Kowaski, Mason Kenny, Jesse Brink, Jackson Reiter, Aiden and Grayson Williams. (Contributed)
Salmon Arm and Greater Vernon Minor Hockey organizations will be hosting provincial championship tournaments March 20-23. (Contributed)

B.C. hockey tourneys start in Salmon Arm, Vernon

Tier 2 U15 (Vernon) and Tier 2 U13 (Salmon Arm) finals are both eight-team events, on until Wednesday

Salmon Arm and Greater Vernon Minor Hockey organizations will be hosting provincial championship tournaments March 20-23. (Contributed)
Some Williams Lake U11 hockey players enjoyed a game wearing NHL jerseys at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex. Back row from left, Callum Peterson - Dallas, Kalen Surette - Vegas, Mike Palmantier - Seattle, Kloey Spence - Vancouver, Tryan Rivet - Pittsburgh, Gavin Francis - Carolina, Cole Olsen - Nashville, Henry Larsson-Allan - Philadelphia, third= row from left, Deklan Fraser - Calgary, Landon Galisky - Buffalo, Matthew Boyd-Gilbert - Detroit, Easton Neuner - St. Louis, Jackson Sache - Anaheim, Flynn Kinley - Edmonton, Lane Judd - Winnipeg, second row from left, Carter McLennan - Arizona, Luc Harrison - Columbus, Sophie Johnson - New Jersey, Jayda Frizzi - New York Islanders, Parker Cook - Colorado, front row from left Zion Campbell - Toronto and Wade Hansen - Montreal. (Clay Palmantier photo)

22 NHL jerseys = fun game on ice

Williams Lake hockey dad Clay Palmantier organized the event

Some Williams Lake U11 hockey players enjoyed a game wearing NHL jerseys at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex. Back row from left, Callum Peterson - Dallas, Kalen Surette - Vegas, Mike Palmantier - Seattle, Kloey Spence - Vancouver, Tryan Rivet - Pittsburgh, Gavin Francis - Carolina, Cole Olsen - Nashville, Henry Larsson-Allan - Philadelphia, third= row from left, Deklan Fraser - Calgary, Landon Galisky - Buffalo, Matthew Boyd-Gilbert - Detroit, Easton Neuner - St. Louis, Jackson Sache - Anaheim, Flynn Kinley - Edmonton, Lane Judd - Winnipeg, second row from left, Carter McLennan - Arizona, Luc Harrison - Columbus, Sophie Johnson - New Jersey, Jayda Frizzi - New York Islanders, Parker Cook - Colorado, front row from left Zion Campbell - Toronto and Wade Hansen - Montreal. (Clay Palmantier photo)
Salmon Arm and Greater Vernon Minor Hockey organizations will be hosting provincial championship tournaments March 20-23. (Contributed)

North Okanagan, Shuswap teams hosting B.C. minor hockey finals

Salmon Arm hosts U13 Tier 2 and Greater Vernon is host for U15 Tier 2 finals; both start March 20

Salmon Arm and Greater Vernon Minor Hockey organizations will be hosting provincial championship tournaments March 20-23. (Contributed)
A card of support, signed by members of Ridge Meadow’s U11 A1 team, was presented to Semiahmoo goaltender Dmytro Makogonsky at the teams’ game Saturday. (Contributed photo)

Hockey clubs’ support for Ukrainian goaltender ‘brought tears’ to father’s eyes

Young hockey players join together to support B.C. family

A card of support, signed by members of Ridge Meadow’s U11 A1 team, was presented to Semiahmoo goaltender Dmytro Makogonsky at the teams’ game Saturday. (Contributed photo)
Minor hockey teams across Canada will have an opportunity to engage in the conversation about the intergenerational impacts of residential schools and

Orange Shirt Society nets national minor hockey campaign to further reconciliation

Society teams up with Canadian Tire and Keener Jerseys to create conversation and healing

  • Feb 17, 2022
Minor hockey teams across Canada will have an opportunity to engage in the conversation about the intergenerational impacts of residential schools and
The Vernon Boston Pizza Junior Vipers and Merritt Centennials’ U11 Development C hockey squads, along with parents and coaches, enjoy donated pizza, fruit and veggies after their game Saturday, Dec. 4, in Vernon. The Vipers arranged the meal in support of the Centennials, all of whom were affected by recently flooding. (Contributed)

Vernon hockey team breaks (pizza) bread with Merritt opponents

U11 Boston Pizza Vipers host Merritt for pizza meal post-game to show support for those affected by floods

The Vernon Boston Pizza Junior Vipers and Merritt Centennials’ U11 Development C hockey squads, along with parents and coaches, enjoy donated pizza, fruit and veggies after their game Saturday, Dec. 4, in Vernon. The Vipers arranged the meal in support of the Centennials, all of whom were affected by recently flooding. (Contributed)
Head instructor Grady Gare goes over a drill with attendees at the sixth Gare Hockey Camp held Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 at Vernon's Okanagan Training Rink. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

North Okanagan hockey youth score skills with former NHL star

Gare Hockey Camp focused on intro to body contacting for U15 age group at OTR featuring Smithson

Head instructor Grady Gare goes over a drill with attendees at the sixth Gare Hockey Camp held Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 at Vernon's Okanagan Training Rink. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
New Border Bruins owner Dr. Mark Szynkaruk reps team colours with his young sons and wife Tracey. Photo courtesy of the Grand Forks Border Bruins

KIJHL’s Border Bruins sold to Grand Forks doctor

The league announced the sale Friday, May 14

New Border Bruins owner Dr. Mark Szynkaruk reps team colours with his young sons and wife Tracey. Photo courtesy of the Grand Forks Border Bruins
Salmon Arm’s Roy Sakaki (left) has been named Hockey Canada’s Order of Merit West 2020 Award Winner for his dedication to the game. (File photo)

What’s the good news, 2020? Salmon Arm’s Mr. Hockey recognized by Hockey Canada

The Salmon Arm Observer looks back at some of the year’s positive stories

Salmon Arm’s Roy Sakaki (left) has been named Hockey Canada’s Order of Merit West 2020 Award Winner for his dedication to the game. (File photo)
Vernon’s Kal Tire Place. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

COVID-19: North Okanagan parents want arena access as minor hockey resumes

Rink occupancy is limited to 50 people during the pandemic, leaving no room for spectators

Vernon’s Kal Tire Place. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Salmon Arm’s Yeiko Menzies, posing with her son Maguire, was the recipient of the Okanagan Mainline Amateur Hockey Association’s Nonie Miyazaki Volunteer of the Year award for 2019-20. (Contributed)

Salmon Arm hockey enthusiasts recognized by regional association

Minor hockey association adds its congratulations to player, coach

Salmon Arm’s Yeiko Menzies, posing with her son Maguire, was the recipient of the Okanagan Mainline Amateur Hockey Association’s Nonie Miyazaki Volunteer of the Year award for 2019-20. (Contributed)
Salmon Arm’s Roy Sakaki (left) has been named Hockey Canada’s Order of Merit West 2020 Award Winner for his dedication to the game. (File photo)

Salmon Arm’s Mr. Hockey recognized by Hockey Canada

Roy Sakaki named Order of Merit West winner for 2020

Salmon Arm’s Roy Sakaki (left) has been named Hockey Canada’s Order of Merit West 2020 Award Winner for his dedication to the game. (File photo)
Minor hockey is unlikely to be rushed back into action, even if Vancouver is picked as a hub city for the NHL playoffs. (BLACK PRESS file photo)

NHL return unlikely to affect minor hockey in B.C.: officials

Minor sports remain part of Phase 4 of Restart Plan

Minor hockey is unlikely to be rushed back into action, even if Vancouver is picked as a hub city for the NHL playoffs. (BLACK PRESS file photo)
Nathan Gossoo (Center) and Lian Gayfer (Right, wearing “A”) were both selected in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft. (Photo - Nathan Gossoo)

Four Okanagan Rockets selected in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft

Nathan Gossoo, Lian Gayfter, Dante Nunes and Luke Schraeder were selected

Nathan Gossoo (Center) and Lian Gayfer (Right, wearing “A”) were both selected in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft. (Photo - Nathan Gossoo)