by Nelson Daily Sports on Monday Jan 16 2017

Nelson skaters won a total of three bronze medals during the weekend West Kootenay Invitational Figure Skating Competition this past weekend at the NDCC Arena.

The host club entered a total of 27 skaters in the 44 event schedule weekend and has the largest number of entry level skaters in...

by Nelson Daily Sports on Monday Jan 16 2017

The Nelson Association is pulling out all the stops to celebrate Minor Hockey Week with a host of events highlighted by the annual Novice Tournament.

Minor Hockey Week has been celebrated in Canada since 1958 when the idea was adopted from the first event the previous year in Trail.

by Bob Hall on Monday Jan 16 2017

The British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) standings may not have changed much after a weekend series between the Selkirk College Saints and Simon Fraser University Clan, but more seeds were planted for what is shaping up to be a great second half of the season.


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Leafs too much for Braves, outlast visitors 6-2 Sunday

Leafs forward Jack Karran was one of four players with two points to lead Nelson past Spokane Sunday at the NDCC Arena.

When a team outshoots the opposition by almost a 3-1 margin, eventually cracks will begin to show in the castle wall.

Nelson scored three unanswered goals in the third period to dump the Spokane Braves 6-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Sunday afternoon at the NDCC Arena.

The win enables Nelson to retain its second-place spot in the Murdoch standings, three points ahead of Grand Forks and fourth-place Castlegar Rebels.

Defending BC Senior Champs advance after capturing Okanagan Regional Playdown

Bob Ursel, third Dave Stephenson (both of Kelowna) Trail second Don Freschi and Nelson lead Fred Thomson, defeated Mark Longworth of Vernon 4-1 Sunday in the B Final to clinch the Okanagan berth.

The Bob Ursel rink of Kelowna, with half the rink from the West Kootenay, began defence of its 2016 BC Senior Men's Curling title by sweeping past the competition during regional playdowns Sunday in Kelowna.

Ursel, third Dave Stephenson, Trail second Don Freschi and Nelson lead Fred Thomson, defeated Mark Longworth of Vernon 4-1 Sunday in the B Final to clinch the Okanagan berth.

Ursel dumped Longworth 7-4 Saturday in the A Final after opening the four-team playdown with an 11-4 win over Frank Cseke of Salmon Arm.

Team Ursel begins defence of BC Senior Men's Curling crown

From left, clockwise, lead Fred Thomson of Nelson, third Dave Stephenson, skip Bob Ursel, both of Kelowna, and second Don Freschi of Trail, won the Vernon Bonspiel last weekend. — Submitted photo

The defending BC Senior Men's Curling Champions begin defence of their 2016 crown this weekend in Kelowna as regional curling playdowns commence throughout the province.

Kelowna's Bob Ursel and third Dave Stephenson, Trail second Don Freschi and Nelson lead Fred Thomson kick off the Okanagan Senior Men's Playdowns Saturday morning against Wayne Saboe of Kamloops in the four team event.

Mark Longworth of Vernon faces Frank Cseke of Salmon Arm in the other contest in the double knockout event.

Nelson Figure Skating Club hosts Invitational

The weekend meet will showcase skaters from throughout the West Kootenay. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The region’s best young figure skaters will take to the ice this weekend at the NDCC Arena for the West Kootenay Invitational Figure Skating Compeition.

Hosted by the Nelson Figure Skating Club (NFSC), the three-day event showcases skaters from across a range of categories from Elements to Pairs to the crowd-pleasing Interpretive programs.

The weekend begins Friday from 3-9 p.m. with Interpretive and Free Skate Events.

Saturday, competition runs all day with the finale of Dance Solo Events set for Sunday from 8-11:35 a.m.

Fraser drops 32 to lead Wolves past Bombers; LVR wins Jr Girls clash

Wolves Kyle Strohmann (dark jersey) pressures Bomber point guard Max Spielman on a drive to the hoop during Wednesday's Junior Boy's Basketball game at the Hangar. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

Liam Fraser scored a game-high 32 points, including seven three-pointers, to lead the Grand Forks Wolves to a convincing 64-26 victory over the L.V. Rogers Bombers in West Kootenay Junior Boy's Basketball action Wednesday afternoon at the Hangar.

Fraser broke open a close game at halftime, scoring 18 points in the second half, 12 points coming from behind the arc as LVR struggled to apply any pressure on the Grand Forks shooting guard with its zone defence.

Grand Forks led 12-8 after one period and 25-18 at recess.

Captain Hunt to the rescue as Leafs edge Nitros in OT

The Leafs, along with netminder Billy Gorn, were left scrambling for much of the first period to keep the puck out of the net during Wednesday's KIJHL contest against Kimberley at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

Another overtime. But this time the Good Guys won.

Captain Sawyer Hunt got the last laugh on this former mates from the Bavarian City, scoring with 1:36 remaining in overtime to spark the Nelson Leafs to a 3-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Kimberley Dynamiters Wednesday night at the NDCC Arena.

The win, the first of the season for the Leafs over the Eddie Mountain squad, allows Nelson to leapfrog over the Castlegar Rebels and Grand Forks Border Bruins and into second place in the Murdoch Division standings.

Leafs make a few tweaks as Junior teams set rosters for stretch run

Nelson traded winger David Lenzin to Revelstoke Grizzlies in exchange for rearguard Michael LeNoury. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily photo

Nothing earth shattering generally happens at the BC Hockey January 10 roster deadline.

Which came and went with the Nelson Leafs making a few tweaks to the roster as the team begins its run to the regular season finish line in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.

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