by Nelson Daily Sports on Thursday Oct 30 2014

Rhett Hamilton likes playing hockey.

The 10-year-old Nelson Minor Hockey player realizes a major reason why he likes playing Canada’s national pastime is because of his coach, Greg Andrusak.

So Hamilton decided to tell anyone who would listen of his gratitude by entering his...

by Nelson Daily Sports on Thursday Oct 30 2014

The road to the BC High School AA Boy's Soccer tournament begins Friday in Creston for the L.V. Rogers Bombers.

The Bombers join five other teams — J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail, Golden Eagles, David Thompson Lakers of Invermere, Selkirk Storm of Kimberley and host Prince...

by Nelson Daily Sports on Thursday Oct 30 2014

The Nelson Leafs will want to pull a few tricks on the opposition as the Heritage City franchise returns to action in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Saturday at home against the Columbia Valley Rockies.

Nelson, the hottest team in the KIJHL with four straight wins, hosts...

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Leafs unbeaten streak snapped as Storm steal OT victory

Leafs unbeaten streak snapped as Storm steal OT victory

Nelson Leafs experienced its first setback on the 2014-15 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season Saturday at the NDCC Arena.
Addison Bazian scored in overtime to give the Kamloops Storm a 5-4 victory over the Leafs.

The loss was the first of the season for Nelson, which sits tied for the Murdoch Division lead with surprising Spokane Braves.

A poor second period proved to be the downfall for the Leafs against the Storm as the visitors out scored Nelson 4-1 to take a 4-2 lead after 40 minutes.

Nelson was out shot 17-5 in the frame.

Mallard's Team of the Week —Nelson Youth Soccer U14 Selects

The team includes, back row, left to right, Coach Lyle Hill, Blake Markin-Hellekson, Josh Yasek, Luka Eyre, Cody St. Thomas, Keanu Tromans, Ezra Foy, Milo Baranyai Sheppard, coach Kerry Dyck, Thomas Baxter and Jahmal Truth-Verville. Front, Josh Schacher, Ernesto Archambault, Jaden Dyck, Jesse Thurston, Grayson Hill, Aidan Mushumanski, Angus Paterson, Jacob Erickson and keeper Bradey Sookero. — Submitted photo

A late goal may have denied the Nelson U14 Selects the gold medal at the recent Pend Oreille Cup soccer tournament in Sandpoint, Idaho, but it did not stop staff at Mallard's Source for sports to honour the squad with Team of the Week status.

The Selects finished second in Sandpoint after surrendering a late goal to the Spokane Breakers to grab the silver medal.

Nelson defeated Coeur d’Alene Sting 3-0 and registered a 1-0 win against the Breakers before surviving a shootout to advance to the final.

Considering the circumstances, Leafs off to a great start

Considering the circumstances, Leafs off to a great start

It’s not the best-case scenario — playing six home games in September to start the season — but those are the cards Dave McLellan and the Nelson Leafs have been dealt.

And the way the team has responded thus far this Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season, who’s going to bet against them.

Nelson begins week two of the KIJHL campaign Friday in Beaver Valley against the defending league champs bolstered by a three-point weekend at home on opening weekend.

Nelson U14 Selects claim silver in Sandpoint

 Nelson U14 Selects claim silver in Sandpoint

Silver was the colour of the day for the Nelson Selects U14 Boys at the Pend Oreille Cup soccer tournament in Sandpoint Idaho this past weekend.

“It was a great weekend for the boys, and they played really well throughout the tournament,” said coach Lyle Hill. 

“This is especially considering it falls right at the end of summer, when the team hasn’t really played for two months and can be a bit rusty.  In past years we’ve had some struggles at this event for this reason.  But this year, the boys were ready.” 

Saints open exhibition season with weekend split against Trail Smokies

Selkirk Saints veteran defenceman Stefan Gonzales weaves his way through the Trail Smoke Eaters defence during Saturday night’s match at the Cominco Arena. — Photo courtesy Selkirk Saints Hockey Club

The Selkirk Saints Men’s Hockey Team opened the exhibition season with a pair of hard fought and exciting games against the Trail Smoke Eaters in a showcase that provided a taste of what’s to come for the 2014-15 campaign.

The inter-league set matched the two-time defending British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) champions against the region’s only British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) squad. The outcome was two intense games that tested the early season talents on both clubs.

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report — Cooler temperature starting to wake up fish

Nelson resident Jayden Maida with a nice 24 pound Chinook Salmon. — Photo courtesy Reel Adventures Sportfishing

By Kerry Reed, Reel Adventures Sportfishing

The summer is over and September is nearing the midway point. So there's plenty of time this month to hook a big one on Kootenay Lake.

Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Charters is here to give his monthly fishing report. So read and enjoy.


We’re back from the West Coast.  And this year was an unusual year on the ocean.

Work-in-progress Leafs rally past Murdoch rival Castlegar 5-3

Nelson exploded for three third-period goals to rally past Castlegar 5-3 Saturday at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

For a team that just over a month ago didn’t have a coach, Leaf fans must feel pretty good after week one of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season.

Nelson exploded for three goals in a span of 134 seconds to rally past the Castlegar Rebels 5-3 in KIJHL Murdoch Division action Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.

The win, coupled with 3-3 tie Friday against Beaver Valley, lifts Nelson into sole possession of first place in Murdoch Division standings.