Rossland to host West Kootenay Invitational Figure Skating Competition next week

Rossland to host  West Kootenay Invitational Figure Skating Competition next week

It’s time for the Rossland Figure Skating Club to sharpen their skates in time to host the West Kootenay Invitational Figure Skating Competition this January 17 to 19th. With this being one of the prime times to visit Rossland, it’s sure to attract visitors from the Kootenays and beyond. Over 100 skaters are expected to attend this competition, with 198 entries registered in many different disciplines throughout the weekend.

Nelson Curling Club up and running following Christmas break

Ken McHargue (right) of Sparwood will be back in Nelson competing in the Senior Zones.— Bruce Fuhr photo

By Terri Richardson, Nelson Curling Club

The Nelson Curling Club curlers are happy to return from the Christmas break to two exciting events. 

One is the Mixed League, which focuses on curlers of all ages and varying levels to curl in social and non-competitive games. 

One only has to drop by on a Friday evening to watch the fun games while music blares out on the ice with curlers laughing and chatting it up the whole evening. 

Leafs dealt blow after rearguard Cole Arcuri bolts to BCHL

Nelson native Cole Arcuri has decided to jump to the BCHL with the Powell River Kings. — Bruce Fuhr photo

The Nelson Leafs hockey club was dealt a huge blow to its run at the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League title when defenceman Cole Arcuri decided to join the Powell River Kings of the BC Hockey League.

Arcuri, 17, is off to the Tier II club immediately, hopping a flight to the Sunshine Coast City Tuesday morning.

“It’s always tough no matter what time of the season to lose a player like Cole, but that’s our program . . . developing and moving players,” said Leaf coach and GM Frank Maida.

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report

Taylor O'Neil & Derrick Jackman of Nelson show off their trophy Rainbow before releasing it back into the wild. — Photo courtesy Reel Adventures Charters

By Kerry Reed, Reel Adventures Charters

He's back . . . and ready to ring in the New Year with some "take it to the bank" tips on fishing on Kootenay Lake.

That's Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Charters with all the information to land the big one.

Andrews finishes with four helpers to lead Nelson past Rockies 6-4

Leafs Blair Andrews turned up the offence during the weekend, finishing with five points in two games to lead Nelson to a three-game sweep of Eddie Mountain teams. — Submitted photo

Blair Andrews turned into a set-up machine, finishing with four assists to spark the Nelson Leafs to a 6-4 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Columbia Valley Rockies Sunday afternoon at the Eddie Mountain Arena in Invermere.

Andrews, with five points in the past two games, snapped an 11-game point drought with the breakout weekend.

Nelson held period leads of 3-0 and 5-3 against the Eddie Mountain squad.

Jamie Vlanich scored twice for Nelson with singles going to Austin Lindsay, Brandon Sookro, Aaron Dunlap and Linden Horswill.

Leaf skipper hopes changes can bolster roster for KIJHL stretch run

Leaf skipper hopes changes can bolster roster for KIJHL stretch run

Frank Maida played the part of a modern-day Sam Pollock as the Nelson Leafs GM looked to bolster the Murdoch Division squad for the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League stretch run.

Maida traded goalie Tyler Moffat to the Grand Prairie Kings of the North West Junior Hockey League for winger Adam Hodge during the Christmas Holiday break.

The deal was made possible after local netminder Adam Maida returned to the Leafs after recovering from knee surgery.

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

The 40-plus former Bomber grads, many coached by Blair D'Andrea, helped raised more than $1200 for the scholarship fund. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily, photo

The Grads 2004-06 won the tourney, but the big winner proved to be the Blair D'Andrea Scholarship Fund during the Blair D'Andrea Memorial Bomber Alumni Tournament Boxing Day at the L.V. Rogers Hangar.

The tournament, attracting 42 players, raised more than $1,200 for the Blair D'Andrea Alumni Scholarship Society fund supporting post-secondary athletes and grassroots basketball development.

Contributions to the fund can be made at any Royal Bank Canada branch or electronically with email money transfer via

Waiting list for Kootenay Lake B.C. Family Day Fishing Derby

Dolly first place winner Bill Miller of Twin Bays was all smiles after pulling in his prize fish. — Submitted photo

The event is so popular, the 2014 derby is already sold out.

So for those lucky fishermen, dig out the best hook for the second annual Kootenay Lake B.C. Family Day Fishing Derby, February 8-10.

"The 2012 Fishing derby was a huge success," said organizer Robert Di Pietro.

Hawks shutdown Leafs 3-2 to take stranglehold on Murdoch

Nelson forward Blair Andrews puts up a screen in front of the Hawks net during action Tuesday at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks proved they can win with offence or defence.

The Hawks stymied the vaunted Nelson Leafs offence for 50-plus minutes before holding on for a 3-2 victory over the Murdoch rivals in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action New Year's Eve at the NDCC Arena.

The win not only gives the Hawks the series lead over the Leafs but increases the Beaver Valley lead atop the Murdoch Division to three points.

HC Genève-Servette spoil party for Kinrade, Team Canada at Spengler Cup

Geoff Kinrade, standing middle row next to head coach Doug Shedden, and the rest of Team Canada will have to wait until next year to add another medal to the Hockey Canada hardware case. — Photo courtesy Hockey Canada

There will be no Spengler Cup gold medal in Geoff Kinrade's stocking this year.

The Nelson Minor Hockey grad saw his Team Canada teammates fall 6-5 to HC Genève-Servette Skaters in semi final round action at the Spengler Cup Monday in Davos, Switzerland.

Former NHLer Matthew Lombardi did most of the damage, scoring twice while adding a pair of assists to lead HC Genève-Servette to the victory.

HC Genève-Servette now faces CSKA Moscow in the final after the Russian squad edged host Davos 5-4.

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