Smokies find talent in Kootenays, kick off season Saturday

Smokies find talent in Kootenays, kick off season Saturday

The Trail Smoke Eaters kick off the 2012-13 B.C. Hockey League season with a host of local talent Saturday at the Save-On Foods BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack against the Cowichan Valley Capitals.

The Smokies will have three Greater Trail products to start the season: 16 year-old forward Mitchell Foyle (Fruitvale) and 17 year-old forward Jake Lucchini (Trail) both join the Smokies from the major midget Kootenay Ice, while fellow 17 year-old Trail product Scott Davidson moves up from the Junior “B” Beaver Valley Nitehawks.

Hawks, Leafs play to 2-2 tie

Hawks, Leafs play to 2-2 tie

No need to find a winner . . . it's preseason hockey.

The coaching staffs of the Nelson Leafs and Beaver Valley Nitehawks saw everything they wanted during a pair of exhibition tilts — the final game ending in a 2-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League tie Wednesday night at the Hawks' Nest in Fruitvale.

Beaver Valley edged the Leafs 5-4 Tuesday in Nelson.

The teams continue to fine to the roster as all KIJHL teams look to opening the season September 14.

Nelson host Castlegar Rebels while the Hawks travel to Grand Forks.

Hawks edge Leafs in preseason tilt Tuesday in Nelson

Hawks edge Leafs in preseason tilt Tuesday in Nelson

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks started the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season the same way the club finished the 2011-12 campaign — with a win.

Tuesday, the Hawks edged the Nelson Leafs 5-4 in exhibition action at the NDCC Arena.

The contest was the first of the preseason for both teams as coaching staffs gave most players a chance to make the club, filling the rosters with rookies.

The two teams play game two of the two-game-home-and-home series tonight in Fruitvale.

Puck drops at 7 p.m. in the Hawks' Nest.

Lewiston Paffile Truckers take home top prize at GFI

The Lewiston Paffile Truckers won the final game of the 2012 Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament 3-1 against Team Canada. Photo Erin Perkins.

The hundreds of fans that packed the bleachers of James Donaldson Park and the thousands more that were tuning in were not disappointed in the nail-biting final game of the 32nd annual Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament, Monday, Sept. 3.

The Lewiston Paffile Truckers took home the top trophy for the second year in a row and $20,000 during the final game against Team Canada. They won 3-1. Fans were gripping their seats at the final inning wondering if Team Canada could dig themselves out.

Leafs break camp, begin four game exhibition season Tuesday against Beaver Valley

It was Team Green against Team White during Sunday morning scrimmage at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

According to Leaf head coach Frank Maida Stage one of Training Camp 2012 is now complete after the team finished off three days on the ice Sunday at the NDCC Arena.

Stage two begins Tuesday night at the NDCC Arena when the Leafs begin the four-game Kootenay International Junior Hockey League exhibition schedule.

“Camp went very well,” Maida told The Nelson Daily Monday.

GFI 2012 off to some great action and close games

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In a complete surprise for patrons of the Grand Forks International baseball tournament, Olympic swimming bronze medalist Richard Weinberger from Victoria threw the official first pitch of the event last night.

Peter and Danica Lee compete in final Penticton Ironman

Peter and Danica Lee were all smiles en route to the finish line at Sunday Penticton Ironman. — Submitted photo

Two Nelsonites took part in the final Ironman Canada this past Sunday in Penticton

Peter Lee, and his daughter, Danica, of Nelson completed the grueling course on a hot day in the Okanagan.

The senior Lee, 58, completed the 2.4 mile (3.8 km) swim course in a time of 1:19:56, bike course of 112 miles (180km), 7:39:55 and run course of 26.2 miles (42.2 km), 6:58:26.

Meanwhile, Danica, 24, finished the 2.4 mile (3.8 km) swim course in a time of 1:23:39, bike course of 112 miles (180km), 7:51:09 and run course of 26.2 miles (42.2 km), 6:58:26.

Leafs open training camp for upcoming KIJHL season

Leafs open training camp for upcoming KIJHL season

The race to knock off Beaver Valley as champions in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League begins this weekend for the Nelson Leafs Hockey Club.

Coach Frank Maida opens camp on the 2012-13 season Friday at the NDCC Arena. Camp runs all weekend as Maida and Company evaluate players for the upcoming season.

The Leafs break camp Sunday before playing both Castlegar and Beaver Valley in a pair of home-and-home exhibition series.

The preseason opens Tuesday at the NDCC Arena against Beaver Valley.

West Kootenay Boundary athletes shine at B.C. Senior's Games

Members of the silver medal winning curling team include: lead, Harry Davidson (Nelson),  second, Russ Beauchamp (Trail),  third, Don Bedard (Christina Lake), and skip, Gary Beaudry (Nelson).  — Submitted photo

West Kootenay Boundary finished with 67 medals at the B.C. Senior Games held recently in Burnaby.

The zone tallied 22 medals of the golden variety led by the swim team that took home no less than 11 first-place medals.

Lower Mainland topped the medal standings with an amazing 446 medals, more than 60 ahead of second place Fraser Valley.

Vancouver Island North was third.

West Kootenay Boundary finished in eighth spot.

West Kootenay Boundary medal results:

Gold medal winners:

Mallard's Team of the Week — Kokanee Glacier Traverse trek

The contingent includes, right to left, Richard Klein, Sasha Kalabis, Randy Richmond,  Carolyn Donnelly, Lex Baas, Yogita Bouchard, Tim Sander,  Greg Smith, Jon Francis, Rahul Khosla, person unknown and Andrew Stoltz.— Submitted photo

Members of the Nelson Trail Running Series recently went on a Kokanee Glacier Traverse trek.

Eight runners left the Enterprise Creek Drainage on the Slocan Lake side of Kokanee Glacier Park at 6:45 a.m. and five others left the Gibson Lake parking lot on the east side of the park at 8 a.m.

Almost four hours later the team met up at Kokanee Cabin.

The Nelson Trail Running Series is hosting a trail race Saturday, September 8 at Svaboda Road Parking Lot with proceeds from the race going toward to improvements of the Nelson running trails.

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