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Leafs, Bruins battle to 5-5 overtime tie

Leafs Andy Fitzpatrick sets for a shot during second period action of Sunday's 5-5 KIJHL tie between Nelson and Grand Forks at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

No team in the Murdoch Division wants to face high-flying Beaver Valley in the first round of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoffs — especially a Nelson Leafs franchise which has been sent to the golf course by the Nitehawks the past four seasons.

The Leafs and the Grand Forks Border Bruins kept their respective hopes alive of not finishing in the dreaded Murdoch Division fourth place by skating to a 5-5-overtime tie Sunday afternoon at the NDCC Arena.

Ouch — did that ever hurt watching Rebels pound Leafs

Ouch — did that ever hurt watching Rebels pound Leafs

Ouch, did that ever hurt.

Castlegar Rebels waltzed into the NDCC Arena and put a good old fashion 8-2 whipping on the Green and White in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Saturday night in the Heritage City.

The loss was especially disappointing for a Leaf team that appeared to be turning the corner in the Murdoch Division — registering points in its last five games to climb into second spot in the standings.

KI holds special meeting to discuss league expansion Sunday in Castlegar

Reps from Quesnel and Williams Lake met with the KI brass earlier this month to express interest in joining the 20-team league.

If you build it, they will come.

It appears the movie Field of Dreams, substituting Kootenay International Junior Hockey League President Bill Ohlhausen for actor Kevin Costner, will make a special showing during a meeting of the Board of Governors Sunday in Castlegar.

The KIJHL has been building since the league started in 1966. And now the Junior B league is considering more expansion after interest was expressed by a group of hockey people in both Quesnel and Williams Lake to join.

Nelson joins the Minor Hockey Week celebrations

The Annual Novice Tournament is one of the highlights of Minor Hockey Week in Nelson. — The Nelson Daily file photo

 The idea, believe it or not, to celebrate Minor Hockey with a weeklong string of events got its start in Trail during the late 1950s.

Trail Director Charlie Maclean organized Canada's first Minor Hockey Week at Cominco Arena in Trail, promoting it with the slogan: "Don't SEND your boy to play hockey - TAKE him!"

In 1958, Canadian Amateur Hockey Association thought so much of the Minor Hockey Week idea that it adopted the idea to celebrate the sport across Canada.

Silver the colour of medal for Atom Leafs in Kimberley

The Atom Leafs include, L-R, coaches Kevin Dewar, Derrick Jackman, and Brian Jones. Back row, Sebastian Connie Correnti, Jaden Hlookoff, Gunnar Evenson, Dane Jones, Miles Cousins and Levi Konken. Middle, Cash Nay, Mitchell Erickson, Cohen Wolbaum and Cash Linnen. Front, Nate Jackman, Dax Dewar, Shea Andersen and Larson Proctor. — Submitted photo

The Nelson Atom Leafs took their game on the road this past weekend, scoring a silver medal at a minor hockey tournament in Kimberley.

The Atom Leafs dropped a 5-1 decision to Claresholm, Alta, in the final of the weekend event in the Bavarian City.

Nelson cruised through the round robin scoring wins over Lethbridge Cougars 11-1, Cranbrook Crush 12-1 and Kimberley Nitros 8-1.

The Leafs then faced a tough Castlegar Timberwolves in the semi final, edging the Sunflower City squad 5-4 in a thrilling battle.

Nelson skaters shine at West Kootenay Invitational Figure Skating Competition

Nelson Figure Skater Brianne Morris won the Bronze medal in Juvenile Solo Dance with two dances performed, the Ten Fox and the European Waltz. — Bruce Fuhr photo, The Nelson Daily

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 the STAR 1 event with15 skaters.

Charly Defouw won Bronze in the very competitive STAR 8 Women's free skate with a dramatic program to the soundtrack of Romeo+Juliet. 

Mallard's Team of the Week — NMH Novice Team #1

The players (not any specific order) include, Eryn Dimopolus, Emme Evenson, Jack Fode, Marley Fode, Keagan Gaynor, Cole Hashimoto, Flora Jewell, Jett Boomer Linnen, Hugo Muparusta, Ruby Nay, Ronan Outram, Kurtis Steenhoff, Virginia Tait, Kaleb Weller and Parker Wolbaum. Coaches, Kjell Evenson, Michelle Hillaby and Roz Nay. — Submitted photo

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.

That's when Charlie McLean organized the first Minor Hockey Week at the Cominco Arena in Trail, promoting the event with the slogan — Don't Send your boy to play hockey, TAKE him!

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