by Nelson Daily Sports on Thursday Jan 29 2015

A former graduate of the L.V. Rogers Rugby program has landed a spot on the provincial U23 Men's team that will be competiting in the Las Vegas Invitational Sevens, February 12-15.

Sean Hickson of Nelson is one of the dozen players named to the squad in a recent release on the BC...

by Nelson Daily Sports on Thursday Jan 29 2015

The Nelson Minor Hockey Atom A squad made it look easy en route to capturing the top prize at the recent tournament in Kimberley.

The players combined solid team work with determination to capture the first-place trophy with wins over Blackfoot (Calgary), Indus (Calgary), host Kimberley...

by Contributor on Thursday Jan 29 2015

by Graham Tracey

Whitewater Ski Team’s record athlete enrollment for 2015 seems to be paying dividends already, with the first stop on the Rio Tinto Alcan Nancy Greene race series at Whitewater being declared a complete success.

“This was our...

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Leafs land recruits to gear up for the KIJHL stretch run

Leaf coach Dave McLellan said the Leafs are still being held together with binder twine, but better days are ahead.

Dave McLellan has been around the junior-hockey-coaching block more than once.

However, during his tenure behind the bench he’s never been part of a team that has been snake bitten as much as the Green and White.

For the umpteenth weekend this season the Nelson Leafs enter Kootenay International Junior Hockey League play with the coaching staff not knowing how many or which players will be taking to the ice.

Mallard's Team of the Week — Blair D'Andrea Alumni Tourney

More than 40 former LVR Bomber basketball players were back to have a few laughs and raise money for the Blair D'Andrea Memorial during the holiday break at the Hangar. — The Nelson Daily photo

The Grads from the 2004-05 may have won the tourney, but the big winners during the 2nd Annual Blair D'Andrea Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament on Boxing Day was the memorial fund as the event raised more than $1,000.

The second annual event, attracting 45 players, raised more than $1,400 for the Blair D'Andrea Alumni Scholarship Society fund supporting post-secondary athletes and grassroots basketball development in the West Kootenays. 

Ice let points slip away against Greater Vancouver Canadians

Kootenay Ice played well enough to win, but dropped a pair of home games in Castlegar. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The Kootenay Ice had a Greater Vancouver Canadians squad that was primed for allowing two points to slip away.

However, the Canadians played just well enough to sweep the two game BC Hockey Major Midget League series this past weekend in Castlegar.

Greater Van defeated the Ice 3-1 Saturday and 4-2 Sunday.

Kootenay took a 1-0 lead in the opener on a goal by Aiden Browell of Fruitvale.

However, Greater Van tied the game before the period ended then scored twice to secure the win in the third frame.

Northern Avalance sweep Kootenay Wildcats in weekend series

Northern Avalance sweep Kootenay Wildcats in weekend series

The Kootenay Wildcats struggle on the BC Hockey Female AAA League circuit continued as the squad dropped a three-game series to the Northern Cougars this past weekend in Nelson.

Kootenay lost 9-2 and 5-1 Saturday during games at the Civic Centre before dropping a 4-1 decision Sunday.

During the opener, the Cats trailed 2-0 after one period and 4-0 following 40 minutes before scoring twice in the third period.

Affiliate player Annah Setter of Golden and Kendra Waterstreet of Fruitvale scored for Kootenay.

Another year, another crop of players at the NMHA Novice Tournament

Celebrations all around at the 2015 Nelson Minor Hockey Novice Tournament this past weekend at the NDCC and Civic Arenas. — Bruce Fuhr photos

Another year and another crop of boys and girls participating at the annual Novice tournament in Nelson.

A total of four Junior Novice teams and six Senior Novice teams from Spokane, Fruitvale, Trail/Rossland and Castlegar along with two Nelson squads each played three games during the weekend in the playday format.

The tournament boosted the population of the Heritage City for the annual event for boys and girls between the ages of five to eight years.

The Nelson Daily dropped by the tourney to snap a few pictures of the stars in action.

Saints defenceman Stefan Virtanen shares in World Junior experience

Stefan (left) and Jake (right) Virtanen are both pursuing different hockey pathways. This past summer, the brothers had an opportunity to be together at their Lower Mainland home during the off-season. — Submitted photo

It’s a game that will take prominence in Canadian hockey lore and for Selkirk College Saints defenceman Stefan Virtanen, last week’s Canada-Russia World Junior Championship game had extra special significance.

Stefan’s brother Jake Virtanen was a key component of the world champion juniors that triumphed over the Russians 5-4 before a packed house at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto last Monday night. The power forward delivered a couple of big hits and provided grit that helped propel the Canadian squad to the top of the world.

Bogart sparks Braves to 5-2 win in back half of home-and-home weekend series

Any extracurricular activities Sunday started when tempers began to boil between Spokane and Nelson Saturday at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

The Spokane Braves got some payback in the back half of a home-and-home weekend series against the Nelson Leafs.

Dillon Bogart scored twice as Spokane stuffed the Leafs 5-2 in penalty-filled Kootenay International Junior Hockey League game Sunday afternoon in the Lilac City.

The win made up for a 5-1 loss Saturday night in Nelson.

Both goals by Bogart came on the power play.

Danton Oliver, Jonny Marzec and Paxton Malone also scored for Spokane, which held period leads of 2-1 and 4-1.