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Former Nelson Leaf concludes junior hockey career with Spokane

Dylan Walchuk got his start with the Nelson Leafs.

Former Nelson Leafs sniper Dylan Walchuk saw his junior hockey career come to an end Saturday night when the Spokane Chiefs lost 5-0 to the Portland Winterhawks in Game four 4 of the WHL Western Conference Semi-Finals.

Walchuk played as a 16-year-old rookie for the Leafs in the 2008-09 season, leading Nelson in playoff scoring — 16 goals, 10 assists for 26 points — to pace the Heritage City franchise to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League title.

Walchuk came to the Leafs after being cut from his major midget team.

Sockeyes capture fifth Cyclone Cup; Rebels rally to claim bronze

Travis Wellman scored the winner to spark the Rebels to the bronze medal. — The Nelson Daily photo

In the end a team that had won four provincial championships was clearly the best team.

The Richmond Sockeyes scored four goals in the second period to dump the Victoria Cougars 4-1 to clinch the 2013 Fred "Cyclone" Taylor Cup Sunday at the Comox Valley Sports Centre.

The Pacific Junior League champions won its fifth Cyclone Taylor Cup to go with past titles from 2009, 2004, 2003 and 1992.

In 2009 Richmond beat Nelson Leafs in the Cyclone Final.

BC Hockey to discuss raising the age for legal bodychecking

To bodycheck or not to bodycheck, that is the question being raised by BC Hockey.

Bill Bennett's Castlegar visit today coincided with a press release issued from his ministry regarding bodychecking in youth hockey. Bennett, B.C. Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, didn't speak to the release, as he was here to acclaim BC Liberal candidate for the West Kootenay Riding Jim Postnikoff, but the issue is sure to garner some attention from sports fans in the region.

Richmond plays Victoria in final of 2013 Fred ‘Cyclone’ Taylor Cup

Rebels lost another close one Saturday, dropping a 3-2 decision to Richmond. — The Nelson Daily photo

Island champion Victoria Cougars meet Richmond Sockeyes in the the 2013 Fred ‘Cyclone’ Taylor Cup Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

The Cougars advanced to the final by slamming the host Comox Valley Glacier Kings 6-1 Saturday.

Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champ Castlegar Rebels meet the Glacier Kings for the bronze medal.

The Rebels finished the round robin at 1-2 with its only win coming against the host club with a 5-4 victory against the Glacier Kings.

Richmond books ticket to Cyclone Final; Rebels play waiting game

Lubin scores twice to power the Rebels past Comox Valley

Lubin scores twice to power the Rebels past Comox Valley

Bryan Lubin scored twice to spark Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champion Castlegar Rebels to a 3-1 win over the host Glacier Kings in opening day action at the 2013 Cyclone Taylor Cup Championships Thursday at the Comox Sports Centre.

Castlegar held period leads of 2-0 and 3-1.

The Rebels now play Victoria Cougars Friday at 3:30 p.m.

The Cougars lost 5-2 to Pacific Junior Hockey League winner Richmond Sockeyes.

Mallard's Team of the Week — LVR No. 2

The team includes, from left, keeper Jeremy Phelan, Lucas Spielman, Shota Ida, Dylan Bennett, Simon Sheppard, Ethan Perkins, James Millar and Ryan Lewis. — submitted photo

Something happened to the Old Boys FC on the way to the Nelson Ford Men's Open Indoor Soccer Championship — which proved to be music to the L.V. Rogers No. 2 squad.

The Old Boys FC, early favourites to win the playoff title after going through the regular season undefeated, lost out in the semi finals opening the door for LVR No. 2 to defeat Net Predators 4-2 in the final to clinch the Nelson Ford Men's Open Indoor Soccer Championship.

Staff at Mallard's Source for Sports want to add to the celebration with Team of the Week honours.

Linden to be keynote speaker in Castlegar

Mr. Vancouver Canuck, Trevor Linden, will be in Castlegar in May.

The City of Trail Parks and Recreation, Castlegar & District Recreation Centre and the Nelson & District Community Complex, with the major sponsorship of Teck, are pleased to announce Trevor Linden as the keynote speaker at the upcoming 2013 Recreation Facilities Association of BC (RFABC) Conference.

Head coach Maida gets stamp of approval from Leafs brass

Nelson Leafs board has voted in favour of bringing back head coach Frank Maida for the next KIJHL season. — The Nelson Daily file photo

Head coach Frank Maida looked like a magician in November when the Leafs raced to the top of the Murdoch Division.

However, after the Leafs lost at home to the Castlegar Rebels prior to the Christmas break the Leafs looked anything like a well-oiled machine as the Green and White dropped down the Murdoch division faster than a pair of cement skates in Kootenay Lake.

Nelson finished third behind winner Castlegar Rebels and Beaver Valley Nitehawks despite having the opportunity to clinch the division weeks before the regular season concluded.

Leaf netminder inks letter of intent with BCIHL Champs

Marcus Beesley has decided to join the BCIHL champion Selkirk Saints. — The Nelson Daily photo

Marcus Beesley decided it was prudent to spend his remaining time in junior hockey in the Kootenays with the Nelson Leafs.

The Prince George native isn't straying to far from the Heritage City after inking a commitment letter with defending B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League champion Selkirk Saints.

"Marcus is an athletic goaltender with strong fundamentals who adds another great option for us in goal," said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.

Women's Roller Derby back on the flat track Saturday in Rossland

Rossland's Gnarlies Angels, seen in red against the Babes of Bruitality of Salmo, have combined with Trail this season.

Some of the teams have changed, but when the West Kootenay Women's Flat Track Roller Derby League opens the 2013 season Saturday in  Rossland there no doubt will once again be plenty of action to go around.

The Rossland Arena is the site of the first doubleheader of the season when the Castlegar’s Dam City Rollers meet Salmo’s Babes of Brutality at 5 p.m.

At 7 p.m., the new and improved Rossland/Trail Roller Girls host Nelson’s KillJoys.

Doors open at 4 p.m.

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