Monday, 21 August 2017

Past Nitro's: Tyson Brouwer

Tyson Brouwer played for the Kimberley Dynamiters from 2013-2016. He played in 94 games, winning 66 while posting a 2.33 GAA, and a .917 SV%. He also played in 45 playoff games, winning 32 and posting a 1.99 GAA and a .933 SV%.

This past season he played for the upstart University of Jameston Jimmies. He played in 27 games, winning 15 while posting a 2.46 GAA and .918 SV%. His efforts earned him team MVP recognition.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Past Nitro's: Braeden Ostepchuk

Braeden Ostepchuk played for the Kimberley Dynamiters in the 2011-12 season. That year he played in 30 games posting a 2.58 GAA and a .909 SV%. He then played in nine playoff games registering a 2.86 GAA and .897 SV%.

This past season he played for the Norwich University Cadets (NCAA III). He played in 18 games, winning 16, and posting a 1.83 GAA and a .924 SV%. He was also named to the First Team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of American.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Past Nitro's: Matt Climie

Matt Climie played for the Kimberley Dynamiters in the 2000-01 season. In that one season he started in 26 games.

This past season he played for the Straubing Tigers (DEL). He played in 31 games, posting 13 wins, a 3.11 GAA and a .908 SV%. He played in two playoff games, losing both, but posting a 1.85 GAA, and a .952 SV%.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Past Nitro's: Jordan Roy

Jordan Roy played for the Kimberley Dynamiters in the 2014-15 season. He scored eight goals and 12 assists in 21 games. He then added a goal and an assist in 11 playoff games.

This past season Roy played for the Red Deer Rebels. He scored five goals and six assists in 63 games. H then went pointless in 7 playoff games.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Past Nitro's: Coy Prevost

Coy Prevost played for the Kimberley Dynamiters during the 2014-15 season. In that year he scored 14 goals and 35 assists in 50 games. He then would add 11 goals and eight assists in 22 playoff games.

This past season Prevost played with the Canmore Eagles. He scored 21 goals and 22 assists in 60 games.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Past Nitro's: Trey Doell

Trey Doell played the 2015-16 season with the Kimberley Dynamiters. In that season he scored four goals and 20 assists in 36 games. He then added another two goals and seven assists in 19 playoff games.

This past season the defender played for the La Ronge Ice Wolves (SJHL). He scored one goal and three assists in 50 games.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Past Nitro's: Trevor Van Steinburg

Trevor Van Steinburg played for the Kimberley Dynamiters from 2014-16. He played in 101 games with the Nitro's scoring 14 goals and 21 assists. He then added six goals (one of them the biggest goal in Nitro's history) and four assists during 37 playoff games.

This past season he played for the Canmore Eagles. He scored four goals and eight assists in 57 games. He then added two assists in three playoff games.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Past Nitro's: Jonas Gordon

Jonas Gordon played the 2014-15 season with the Kimberley Dynamiters. He scored two goals and 11 assists in 34 games. He had two assists in 21 playoff games.

This past season Gordon was a traveler. He started the season with the Canmore Eagles (13GP, 1G, 2A), then went to the Trail Smoke Eaters (17GP, 2A), and then finished the season with the West Kelowna Warriors. (13GP, 1A). He then played 4 playoff games with the Warriors recording one assist.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Past Nitro's: Jason Richter

Jason Richter played for the Kimberley Dynamiters from 2012-2016. In those four season he played in 179 games (4th all-time), scoring 104 goals (1st), 97 assists (7th), and 201 points (2nd). He then played in 55 playoff games, including the 2015 Championship team, scoring 21 goals and 32 assists.

This past season Richter played for the newly formed University of Jamestown Jimmies. In 31 games as a freshman he scored 12 goals and 12 assists. He also earned the teams Jimmie Knight Award, an award given to the player who best exemplifies Jimmie hockey on and off the ice.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Past Nitro's: Braden Saretsky

Braden Saretsky played part of a season with the Kimberley Dynamiters, but helped the team win the KIJHL title in 2015. He came to the Nitro's after playing 19 games with the Summerland Steam, he then went on to score 14 goals and 27 assists in 25 games. Then added 18 goals and 11 assists in 22 playoff games.

This past season, Saretsky played his second year, and final junior year, with the Canmore Eagles. He scored 36 goals and 41 assists in 52 games. He then added two goals and two assists in three playoff games.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Past Nitro's: Keenan Haase

Keenan Haase played two seasons for the Kimberley Dynamiters from 2014-16. He scored 52 goals and 54 assists in 95 games. He also added 9 goals and 15 assists in 39 playoff games.

This past season Haase played for New England College Pilgrims (NCAA III). He played in 15 games scoring three goals and two assists.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Past Nitro's: Eric Buckley

Eric Buckley played for the Kimberley Dynamiters from 2011-2016. During that time he scored 67 goals (6th all-time) and 114 assists (4th all-time) for 181 points (5th all-time), while accumulating 371 penalty minutes (4th all-time) in 184 games (2nd all-time). He also played in 55 playoff games scoring 18 goals and 14 assists.

This past season Buckley played his freshman year with the upstart University of Jamestown Jimmies. He scored eight goals and 12 assists in 31 games.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Story: Kimberley Dynamiters Joe Karpyshyn commits to Calgary Mustangs (AJHL)

The Kimberley Dynamiters have helped another player move on up. This time it is Joe Karpyhsyn ('98) committing to the Calgary Mustangs of the Alberta Junior Hockey League for next season.

Kimberley Dynamiters general manager and head coach, Derek Stuart, is happy for Karpyshyn, but is also sad to be loosing him.

"He helped us a lot on the ice, averaging a point per game, also by being the agitator that he was. It is something we are going to miss, and it is going to be hard to replace a guy like Joe."

Karpyshyn, from Calgary, is excited to be back in Junior A after splitting last season between the Olds Grizzlies (AJHL) and the Dynamiters.

"I'm really excited to play Junior A next year. I'm confident in our team and I believe we'll have a good year."

During his time with the Nitro's, Karpyshyn scored nine goals and 17 assists in 18 games, while adding five goals and nine assists in 17 playoff games. Karpyshyn feels his time and exposure in Kimberley helped get him back to Junior A.

"Playing for the Nitro's was a great experience. It helped me get back to Junior A by playing lots of minutes and getting confidence in my game back in all three zones of the ice.

"The way coach Stuart runs the team, the expectations are exactly like Junior A, so it'll be easy to adjust next season."

Karpyshyn joins Cooper Page and Chase Miller who have also moved on to Junior A clubs. Karpyshyn and Miller will both be sporting Mustangs uniforms next season.

Stuart is pleased to be seeing so many players moving to Junior A after getting their confidence back by buying into the teams system and realizing that the team will do their best to get them to or back to Junior A.

"As an organization, that is our primary goal, to help players move on. We are very excited and happy to help Joe in that regard.

As for Karpyshyn, he will miss but had gratitude for playing in Kimberley.

"Thanks to everyone involved in the Dynamiters team from the head coach to all of the volunteers. They made my KI experience amazing and the Nitro's are definitely the best organization in the KIJHL. [They] have Junior A caliber fans."

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Past Nitro's: Justin Meier

Justin Meier played for the Dynamiters from 2015-2016. He played in 56 games scoring 12 goals and 32 assists while accumulating 176 penalty minutes. He played in 39 playoff games, as he was a part of the 2015 Championship team, scoring four goals and 17 points.

This past season Meier played for the upstart University of Jamestown Jimmies. He played a part of the season, having two assists and 45 penalty minutes in 13 games.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Story: The Kimberley Dynamiters acquire defenceman Mason Palaga from the Chase Heat

The Kimberley Dynamiters acquired defenceman Mason Palaga ('97) from the Chase Heat for future considerations.

Palaga is a KIJHL veteran, having played the past two season with the Chase Heat. Last season he registered nine goals and 19 assists in 33 games. He missed part of the season because of a broken hand.

The 6-foot-2 defenceman then went on to be the teams top scoring defenceman during the playoffs, scoring 16 points in 18 games, as the Heat went to the KIJHL finals and eventually lost to the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.

Palaga describes his style of play as two-way. He enjoys joining the rush, which his numbers indicate, but he is also competitive in his own end, which he said is his priority.

Palaga is most excited to join the team because of the teams defensive depth, success last season, and the incredible fan base. He also intends to attend College of the Rockies, which also influenced his decision.

Dynamiters head coach and general manager Derek Stuart was excited about making the transaction happen with the Heat.

"Mason is a big, strong, defenceman who will help us immensely at both ends of the rink." Stuart said. "That combined with his experience and maturity give us what we believe is an elite 20 yr old in this league."

This will be Palaga's first season away from his hometown of Kamloops, and he is looking forward to calling Kimberley home this coming season.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Past Nitro's: Isaac Schacher

Isaac Schacher played two seasons with the Kimberley Dynamiters before moving onto the WHL. He played in 100 games scoring 18 goals and 45 assists.

This year he played for the University of Regina Cougars. He played in 27 games scoring one goal and three assists.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

The Kimberley Dynamiters 2016/17 player movements

The Kimberley Dynamiters 2016/17 player movements. (Spring cleaning for next season)

January 8, 2017
The Dynamiters have traded defenceman Drew Van Den Bosch to the Comox Valley Glacier Kings (VIJHL).

January 6, 2017
The Dynamiters added forward Cooper Page (98) from the Okotoks Oilers (AJHL).

December 9, 2016
Connor Kendall (98) has suffered a season ending injury.

The Dynamiters added two highly sought after forwards: Nic Herringer (98) and Joe Karpyshyn (98)

December 4, 2016
The Kimberley Dynamiters traded goaltender Mitch Traichevich (97) to the Dawson Creek Jr Canucks (NWJHL) for Cody Call (98).

December 1, 2016
The Kimberley Dynamiters have added forward Nolan Kurylo (98)

November 28, 2016
Bryce Salverda (98) has decided to retire from hockey.

November 16, 2016
Robert Thomson (98) has decided to retire from hockey to focus on school.

The Dynamiters have traded forward Troy Feldbusch (98) to Dawson Creek (NWJHL)

October 18, 2016
The Kimberley Dynamiters acquire defenceman Cody Lassiter (96) from the Princeton Posse.

October 17, 2016
The Kimberley Dynamiters add goaltender Cody Campbell (98).

The Dynamiters traded goaltender Ruslan Katsnelson (97) to the Golden Rockets.

September 27, 2016
Defencemen Tyler Van Steinburg (98) and Devon Langelaar (97) are returned to the team.

Kimberley Dynamiters send F Donte Nowell (98) and D Connor Sullivan (98) to Grand Forks Border Bruins for future considerations.

The Kimberley Dynamiters released D Caymen Froude (99)

September 23, 2016
The Kimberley Dynamiters have released forwards: Kyle Cornford (98), Logan Middleton (98), and Taylor Girard (98).

Defenceman George Bertoia (98) returns to the club.

Forwards Matt Davies (98) and Connor Kendall (98) are signed after finishing Jr A tryouts.

September 17, 2016
The Kimberley Dynamiters add forward Taylor Girard (98)

September 16, 2016
The Kimberley Dynamiters add forwards Kyle Cornford (98), Brandon Langridge (98), and defenceman Bryce Salverda (98).

September 11, 2016
The Kimberley Dynamiters have released forwards Wyatt Fleming (98) and Terrell Clarricoates (99).

August 24, 2016
The Kimberley Dynamiters sign Troy Feldbusch (98) and Logan Middleton (98). (story)

Brett Roberts is attending tryouts with Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL).

Devon Langelaar is attending tryouts with Olds Grizzlys (AJHL).

Trey Doell is attending tryouts with Kindersley Clippers (SJHL) after Dynamiters main camp.

July 8, 2016
The Kimberley Dynamiters send Graham Dugdale (97) to the Revelstoke Grizzlies for Ryan Hozjan (96) (story)

June 27, 2016
The Kimberley Dynamiters acquired defeceman Brett Roberts (97) from the Beaver Valley Nitehawks for futures. (story)

The Kimberley Dynamiters signed affiliate forwards Terrell Clarricoates (99) and Caige Sterzer (00). (story)

Tyler and Trevor Van Steinburg have signed with the Canmore Eagles (AJHL) for the upcoming season. (story)

June 21, 2016
The Kimberley Dynamiters trade forward Sawyer Hunt to the Nelson Leafs for forward Nicholas Ketola (97) and futures. (story)

June 1, 2016
Jeff Keiver and Byron Garrels are announced as Assistant Coaches.

May 9, 2016
Derek Stuart is named the Dynamiters new Head Coach and GM.

April 19, 2016
General Manager and Assistant Head Coach, Mike Reid, has become the GM and Head Coach for the Cranbrook Midget AA team. (story)

April 18, 2016
Defenseman George Bertoia has committed to play for the Drumheller Dragons for the 2016-17 season (story)

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Past Nitro's: Tyler Garcia

Tyler Garcia played 34 games for the Kimberley Dynamiters for two half seasons during 2013-14, 2014-15. He scored three goals and 19 assists. He then added seven goals and two assists in nine playoff games during the 2014 playoffs.

This past season Garcia played for the Kingsville Kings in the Greater Metro Junior Hockey League (an Ontario Jr A hockey league). He scored 34 goals and 26 assists in 39 games. He then added a goal and an assist in three playoff games.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Story: Adam Andersen signs with Kimberley Dynamiters

The Kimberley Dynamiters have signed Adam Andersen ('00), a local goaltender and affiliate player from last season.

"We really liked what we saw from Adam last year when played and practiced with us." Said head coach and general manager Derek Stuart. "What we saw from him was not just his goaltending ability, but his attitude, the way he works, he is overall an great kid."

"He performed well in the games he got to play in. His potential as a goaltender and everything else is fantastic."

Signing with  the Nitro's is a dream come true for the hometown goaltender.

"It's huge for me. It's a goal I've had since I was a little kid. Being in Grade 12 and playing for the Dynamiters is something I have always wanted to do."

While statistically speaking, it was a small sample size of two games for Andersen, he had fantastic goaltending numbers and had the best numbers on the team last season. He posted two wins in his two starts while recording a 2.39 goals against average and a .904 save percentage.

For Andersen, he doesn't believe it was his numbers were the reason he was signed.

"I played as well as I could, but I have been practicing with the team for two years now. I was there every week last year. I got to know the coaches and team well. I felt like I was a part of the team. It was working hard in practice that made this come true."

On top of practicing with the Nitro's, Andersen was a goaltender for the Cranbrook Dynamiters, Midget AA, in the South Central Alberta Junior Hockey League. The team lost all 36 of their games. As a result, Andersen was the last line of defence and was peppered with pucks facing more than a shot per minute.

Andersen wants to continue to fulfill his hopes and dreams with the Dynamiters.

"My goal is to be a starter. It is my first year in junior hockey, I am just going to do what I can. If it's available to me, I'll try to take control of it. It's one of my goals, but not what I am expecting to happen. It's a very good league. I'm looking to just play my best, and go from there."

As for the goaltending situation right now for the Nitro's, they still have the rights to Cody Campbell but expect and hope him to move on to Junior A. That currently leaves Andersen and Cody Call manning the crease.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Story: Cooper Page signs with Calgary Canucks (AJHL)

Another Kimberley Dynamiter is moving up to Junior A, this time it is Cooper Page. Page, a Calgary, AB native, has signed with the Calgary Canucks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL).

Page started last season with the Okotoks Oilers (AJHL). The 18 year old registered six goals and seven assists in 32 games before joining the Kimberley Dynamiters at the deadline. He then played 14 games with the Nitro's in the regular season, recording two goals and nine assists, and then scored two goals and eight assists in 17 playoff games.

"Kimberley was an unbelievable experience," Page said of his time with the Nitro's, "coming to Kimberley midway through the season I didn't know what to expect. Everything about it exceeded my expectations, all the way to the atmosphere on game days to the passionate community."

Kimberley Dynamiters head coach and general manager Derek Stuart is excited that Page is moving up.

"We were very fortunate to acquire Cooper last January as he helped us a lot on and off the ice.

"I'm extremely happy that he has found a home with a very strong organization and is back in Junior A where he belongs."

Page himself was elated to have signed.

"Excited is the simplest way to put it. I am very familiar with the coaching staff as they had coached me in past years. Therefor making me that much more exited for the opportunity to play for the Canucks."

He really credits the coaching experience in Kimberley for his successful return to Junior A.

"Kimberley was great stepping stone for me. [Coach Stuart] and the rest of the coaching staff really helped me in different aspects at the game that really helped me improve get to the next level."

Page joins Chase Miller in the AJHL who recently signed with the Calgary Mustangs.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Story: Kimberley Dynamiters sign forward Cam Russell

The Kimberley Dynamiters have signed forward Cam Russell ('99) from Calgary, AB.

Russell spent his past two season with the Northwest Calgary Athletic Association Bruins, playing Midget AA hockey. In 52 games with the team he scored 25 goals and 22 assists while accumulating 74 penalty minutes.

Russell said that there are many reasons that he chose to sign with the Dynamiters, saying that the reputation of the town, the incredible fan base, and the coaching staff, all influenced his decision.

Head coach and general manager Derek Stuart said that Russell is the type of forward who can play any role he is given, whether that is on the top line, on the power play, or on the fourth line. He is a character player, that Stuart feels keeps with the tradition the team has developed.

Russell said of himself: "I like to say I'm really well-rounded centre. You can rely on me on the front-end and back-end, and recently I have been working on my finish."

While Russell served as the captain of the Bruins, Stuart doesn't expect Russell to take an immediate leadership role with the Dynamiters, but to be a player similar to Brandt Bertoia.

However, for Russell the experience serving as the captain last season helped elevate his game, and to lead by example on and off the ice.

Russell is looking forward to moving from Calgary to Kimberley and having a fresh start in the Nitro Nation.

"It's going to be new, it's going to be fun, it's going to be good hockey. I am excited. This is a good opportunity for me to get noticed."

Past Nitro's: Jordan Busch

Jordan Busch played three season with the Kimberley Dynamiters from 2013-16. During that time he played in 146 games, scoring 18 goals and 109 assists, becoming the all-time point leading defenceman in Dynamiters history (11th overall). He also sits fifth overall for assists and eighth for games. He then added six goals and 16 assists in 50 playoff games.

Busch played this past season with the Concordia University of Edmonton. In his freshman year with the team he scored six goals and seven assists in 23 games.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Many changes from the KIJHL AGM, including withdrawal from Keystone Cup

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League held their Annual General Meeting on June 8th and 9th. The meeting was bookended by a KIJHL coaches and general managers meeting on Thursday and the BC Hockey AGM on Saturday.

Kimberley Dynamiters head coach and general manage Derek Stuart said that this years AGM was much more interesting because the coaches and general mangers meeting laid the foundation for the KIJHL AGM.

Stuart said there were two highlights from attending his second KIJHL AGM.

First was that all four playoff series for this coming season will be a best of seven.

"The players and coaches would rather have four best of seven. It was a unanimous vote to bring that back."

The league has set aside 42 days to complete the four rounds of playoffs. A worst case scenario would see a team playing 28 games in 42 days.

Second was the league, and eventually BC Hockey, withdrew from the Keystone Cup.

"Even though I have never been to the Keystone, I have heard enough horror stories to not want to go. Withdrawal from the Keystone is big for our team, league and province."

While no replacement for the Keystone Cup has been determined it is being discussed by a committee. It appears that this may be the end of the Keystone Cup, a tournament that BC has dominated in the past ten years winning seven golds, two silvers and one bronze.

There were several other changes made as well.

The successful Prospects Game will be returning to the KIJHL again this season. The league will be blacking out the schedule during the weekend of the game. Also this year, five 18 year-olds to be allowed on each conference team.

"We thought that it wasn't fair last year, since a lot of the 18 year olds are being recruited to on the basis to play here on year as a stepping stone to get into Junior A"

An All-Star game for the league was tabled, but not pursued.

The controversial no cross-over games will remain for this coming season as it was a two year agreement by the teams and will be reevaluated at the 2018 AGM.

Stuart added that there has been a new way for coaches and officials to work, evaluate and develop together through an online forum. The hope is to be able to recruit more officials.

Stuart feels that all these changes that have been made will make the KIJHL a better product, and a better place to recruit players.

Past Nitro's: Matthew Gann

Matt Gann (#24) played for the Kimberley Dynamiters during the 2012-13 season. As a defenceman he registered five goals and three assists. He then added a goal during four playoff games.

This season he played for the Whitecourt Wild of the North Central Senior Hockey League. In 11 games he scored one goal and three assists. And then went pointless in one playoff game.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Past Nitro's: Owen Solecki

Owen Solecki played for the Kimberley Dynamiters (and a little bit with the Osoyoos Coyotes) during the 2011-12 season. The defenceman scored one goal andd 21 assists during 47 games with the Nitro's. He then added two assists in 13 playoff games.

This season he played for the Edson Ice of the North Central Senior Hockey League. He played in two games going pointless.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Chase Miller signs with Calgary Mustangs (AJHL)

Kimberley Dynamiters, and Eddie Mountain Conference, Rookie of the Year, Chase Miller, is moving on to Junior A after one season with the Kimberley Dynamiters.

The 19-year-old Calgary, AB native signed with the Calgary Mustangs of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL).

"Chase is very deserving of this commitment." Kimberley Dynamiters general manager and head coach Derek Stuart said. "He had an excellent rookie season with us and has a very bright future at the Junior A level."

Miller is excited about the opportunity to play competitive Junior A hockey in his hometown while furthering his education. He was also grateful for the opportunity he had with the Nitro's.

"Playing in Kimberley under the coaching of Derek Stuart, who has been around the AJHL for many years, really helped prepare me for this level of play.

"Huge thanks to the town of Kimberley for the incredible experience. Hands down the best place in the KIJHL to play."

Miller played in 41 games this past season and lead the Nitro's in scoring during the regular season with 19 goals and 32 assists. He then added two goals and 12 assists in 17 playoff games.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Past Nitro's: Bryce Nielsen

Bryce Nielsen played a short but impactful stint with the Kimberley Dynamiters during the 2013-14 season. He played in eight games scoring five goals and seven assists. He then added six goals and five assists in 12 playoff games.

This year he played for New England College Pilgrims, NCAA III. He played in 27 games notching nine goals and 14 assists.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Past Nitro's: Colton Vannucci

Colton Vannucci played one full season with the Kimberley Dynamiters during the 2011-2012 season. He scored 27 goals and 48 assists in 49 games. He then added five goals and four assists in 11 playoff games.

This year he played for the York University Lions. He played in 26 games scoring four goals and 11 assists. He then added six assists in nine playoff games.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Past Nitro's: Matt Wilkins

Matt Wilkins played for the Kimberley Dynamiters from 2007-2009. He totaled 40 goals and 44 assists in 91 games with the Nitro's.

This past season he played 51 games with the Reading Royals of the East Coast Hockey League. He scored 10 goals and 14 assists in his rookie campaign.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Past Nitro's: Carter Bancks

Carter Bancks played for the Kimberley Dynamiters from 2004-2006.  He scored 25 goals and 54 assists in 61 games with the Nitro's. He also scored five goals and seven assists in 13 playoff games.

This past season he played for and captained the Utica Comets in the American Hockey League. He palyed in 69 games scoring 10 goals and 12 assists.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Past Nitro's: Matt Foster

Matt Foster played in 64 games for the Kimberley Dynamiters from 2008-2010. During that time he scored 46 goals and 31 assists.

This year he played for the Daysland Northstars, part of the North Central Senior Hockey League. In eight games he posted nine goals and six assists. He then added three goals and two assists in three playoff games as the Northstars went on to win the NCHL title.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Past Nitro's: Drayson Bowman

Drayson Bowman played one season with the Kimberley Dynamiters during the 2004-05 season before moving onto the WHL. He played in 47 games scoring 29 goals and 30 assists.

This past season he played for the Düsseldorfer EG in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. In 51 games he scored 11 goals and nine assists.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Past Nitro's: Tommy Latouche-Gauvin

Tommy Latouche-Gauvin played for the Kimberley Dynamiters from 2005-2008. During his three seasons he scored 86 goals and 83 assists in 142 games. He sits 7th all-time with 169 points (goals 3rd, assists 10th).

This past season he played for the Balsta Hockey Club, a Division 2 league in Sweden. He averaged a point per game, with 18 goals and nine assists in 27 games.

The Kimberley Dynamiters held their Annual General Meeting

The Kimberley Dynamiters held their Annual General Meeting on May 17th at the Trickle Creek Lodge in Kimberley, BC.

During the meeting, James Leroux, who is now in his second year of being the Kimberley Dynamiters President, said that his priorities have been first to make sure that the team is making money, and second that the team is competitive. He added that given his two priorities, he and the board is very pleased with the Nitro’s performance during the 2016-17 season.

The Dynamiters finished the season with a 33-13-0-1 record, second in the Eddie Mountain Division, and advanced to the Kootenay Conference Finals before losing to the eventual KIJHL and Cyclone Taylor Cup Champions, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.

During the Treasurer report by Troy Pollock, he agreed that the Kimberley Dynamiters had a successful season on and off the ice. He credits the playoff run as a major contributor to the Nitro’s financial success.

Head coach and general manager Derek Stuart said during his report that he expects seven to twelve players to return from last season. He said that this last season was really exciting and a lot of fun for his first season in the KIJHL, and that he is looking forward to the next season.

After the reports, the board voted and elected the following as their executive: James Leroux, President; Glen Johnston, Vice President; Troy Pollock, Treasurer; Al Rice, Co-Treasurer; and Karrie Hall, Secretary.

The following are directors at large that take lead on various committees for the team: Amber Anderson, Scott Cameron, Chris Hall, Tasha Johnston, Chad Koran, Jodi L’Heureux, Nancy Sebolsky, Robyn Wardle, and Mitchell Zuvela.

The Dyanmiters board is using the off-season to work on several projects as they prepare for the 2017-18 season.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Past Nitro's: Mike Whitequills

Mike Whitequills played for the Kimberley Dynamiters from 2005-2008. In 126 games with the Nito's he scored 83 goals and 93 assists for 176 points. His totals sit 6th all-time for points, 4th for goals, and 8th for assists. He added another 12 goals and 17 assists in 31 playoff games, including an appearance to the finals during the 2005-06 campaign.

This season he played for the Kainai Nation Braves in the Ranchland Hockey League, a senior mens league. He played in nine games scoring six goals and adding five assists. He then posted five goals and four assists in the playoffs.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Past Nitro's: Jeremy Weasel-Moccasin

Jeremy Weasel-Moccasin played one season for the Kimberley Dynamiters during the 2006-07 season. He scored 29 goals and 49 assists with 119 penalty minutes.

This past season he played for the Kainai Nation Braves in the Ranchland Hockey League, a senior mens league. He played in 14 games scoring five goals and 12 assists. He then added four goals and one assist in four playoff games.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Kimberley Dynamiters alumni shine with the University of Jamestown Jimmies

The inaugural season for the University of Jamestown Jimmies was a tremendous success for three Kimberley Dynamiters alumni, as Tyson Brouwer, Eric Buckley, and Jason Richter all contributed to a memorable year for the new American Collegiate Hockey Association Division 1 program.

Brouwer, a goalie from Lethbridge, Alberta, switched his studies from kinesiology to law at the North Dakota school, while playing in 27 games and posting a 15-11 record with a 2.46 goals against average, a .918 save percentage and earning two shutouts.

For his efforts, Brouwer was recognized with the team’s first-ever Most Valuable Player award.

“It’s a great honour,” Brouwer said, struggling to put his feelings into words. “It was a surprise to receive such a high recognition two seasons in a row.”

Brouwer was named the MVP of the Nitros for the 2015-16 season and believes that former Dynamiters bench boss, Jerry Banks, helped prepare him, along with the other alumni, to be able to compete so well at the college level.

For Brouwer, the season’s top highlight was beating the NCAA Division One ranked Ohio State Buckeyes program early in the season.

“No one expected us to do that,” he said.

While Brouwer was pleased with his recognition, he felt that his past teammates also made vital contributions to the team.

Richter, who is from Cranbrook, BC, and was the captain of the Dynamiters from 2014-16, scored 12 goals and 12 assists for second in point-scoring for the Jimmies.

The 21-year-old forward is majoring in business administration and was recognized with the Jimmie Knight Award, an honour given to the player who best exemplifies Jimmie hockey on and off the ice.

Buckley, who is from Penticton, BC, was a fan favourite during his tenure with the Nitros and this season scored eight goals and 12 assists, good for fourth in team scoring, while majoring in computer science.

While the Jimmies only featured three Nitros this season, there was a deep KIJHL connection on the team. 15 of Jamestown’s many freshmen played in the KIJHL prior to joining the collegiate ranks.

Brouwer said that even though they were opponents the season prior, there was a mutual respect and appreciation associated with all coming from the same league that allowed the team to gel quickly.

The KIJHL-led Jimmies easily handled the pressures of their inaugural season and posted a 20-10-3 record in the ACHA. They ranked well enough to compete in the championships, but due to it being their first season were ineligible to play in the tournament.

Brouwer believes that the disappointment of not competing for a title will only make the team more invigorated for next season.

MATCH STICKS: During the months of May, June, July, and August the Nitro’s Night in Kimberley Blog will be reviewing the 2016-17 seasons of Kimberley Dynamiters alumni.

Check it out in the Kimberley Bulletin/Cranbrook Townsman

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Setting up the 2017 Cyclone Taylor Cup

The Cyclone Taylor Cup starts tomorrow. Here is a summary of each teams regular season and playoff stats.

Creston Valley Thunder CatsRegular SeasonCampbell River Storm
4.77Offence (GFA)4.52
2.51Defence (GAA)2.63
0.911Goaltending (SV%)0.900
21.61%Power Play22.76%
87.56%Penalty Kill85.15%
27.47%Top 3 Dependence29.32%
Paxton Malone (26G-38A)Top ScorerColin Blake (34G-44A)
Liam Plunkett (18G-37A)2nd Top ScorerKobe Oishi (19G-31A)
Thomas Cankovic (14G-35A)3rd Top ScorerAaron Brewer (11G-29A)
Liam Rycroft (131)PIM LeaderBrayden McCartney (177)

4.00Offence (GFA)4.69
2.60Defence (GAA)2.75
0.924Goaltending (SV%)0.904
22.00%Power Play15.58%
85.11%Penalty Kill77.63%
36.66%Top 3 Dependence26.74%
Thomas Cankovic (5G-10A)Top ScorerDarren Hards (6G-12A)
Ronnie Wilkie (6G-7A)2nd Top ScorerCarter Hikichi (8G-6A)
Justen James (6G-7A)3rd Top ScorerColin Blake (5G-9A)
Justen James (32)PIM LeaderBen Raffler (41)

Beaver Valley NitehawksRegular SeasonAldergrove Kodiaks
4.64Offence (GFA)4.95
2.23Defence (GAA)2.63
0.911Goaltending (SV%)0.901
25.00%Power Play21.30%
87.34%Penalty Kill84.42%
24.41%Top 3 Dependence33.52%
Tyler Hartman (17G-33A)Top ScorerEric Callegari (26G-47A)
Dylan Heppler (19G-30A)2nd Top ScorerCameron Davitt (25G-37A)
Blake Sidoni (16G-29A)3rd Top ScorerMatt Oliver (28G-21A)
McKoy Hauck (137)PIM LeaderTy Pickering (116)

4.25Offence (GFA)4.47
2.13Defence (GAA)3.07
0.913Goaltending (SV%)0.886
18.84%Power Play23.81%
87.50%Penalty Kill76.62%
26.34%Top 3 Dependence31.36%
Tyler Hartman (6G-11A)Top ScorerQuincey Leroux (8G-10A)
Tyler Ghirardosi (9G-7A)2nd Top ScorerCameron Davitt (7G-11A)
Dylan Heppler (6G-10A)3rd Top ScorerEric Callegari (12G-5A)
Mitch Foyle (30)PIM LeaderJeremy Lagler (73)

Friday, 31 March 2017

Kimberley Dynamiters coach reflects on first season

When the Kimberley Dynamiters finished their training camp on August 28 and prepared for the upcoming regular season, the 23-man roster contained only seven players who had played a game in the KIJHL, and only five of those played for the Nitro’s the season before.

Not only did the team have a new head coach, but they had a completely new roster. Many around the league and at home pegged this season to be a rebuilding year. When the Nitro’s lost their season opener 2-1 at home against the Fernie Ghostriders, fans too began to feel it was a rebuilding year.

But then the Nitro’s won the remainder of their September games, winning seven in a row, going into October. Then as October ended and November started, the Nitro’s went on another seven-game winning streak. And to the fans pleasure, the Dynamiters were not losing at home, including sweeping the Christmas Classic with Fernie, and would not lose at the Civic Centre until January 14 against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats.

During that time span, the Dynamiters had an astounding 29 player transactions as Stuart would keep tweaking his lineup.

The player’s individual work would start garnering league wide attention. Mitch Traichevich was an honorable mention for player of the month in October, and would later be traded to his hometown club in Dawson Creek.

Later, in December Cody Campbell would go undefeated posting two shutouts and earning the Kootenay Conference Player of the Month recognition, while newly acquired Nolan Kurylo scored seven goals and 12 points during December receiving an honorable mention for player of the month.

Kurylo would keep up his top-notch performance in January scoring six goals and 19 points in nine games. That would be the only highlight to January, as the Nitro’s would lose ground on the division leading Thunder Cats.

The Dynamiters would close out the regular season strong, winning their last five games, and lineup against the Fernie Ghostriders in a fan favourite best of seven series in the opening round. Chase Miller would be named the Eddie Mountain Divisions Top Rookie posting 19 goals and 32 assists.

This series helped the Dynamiters build character as they would finish the ‘Riders season with Tyler Van Steinburg scoring in double overtime.

Next was the Creston Valley Thunder Cats, the Cyclone Taylor Cup hosts, a team stacked because of their automatic ticket to Junior B tournament. Winning game one, and then game three and four in double overtime, what once seemed impossible at the start of the season, was becoming a reality.

For the third year in a row the Dynamiters would advance to the Kootenay Conference Finals, after winning the Eddie Mountain Division playoff title, and face the Beaver Valley Nitehawks. The “rebuilding” team would force a winner-take-all game five. And that’s where the Nitro’s magical run would end, one game away from advancing to the KIJHL finals for a third year in a row.

While Campbell would be named the teams playoff MVP, James Farmer would put on the best offensive output by a defenceman in the KIJHL in recent memory, and lead the team in scoring with five goals and 15 assists.

When Stuart reflected on the season he acknowledged there was a learning curve, unfamiliar territory and a lot of uncertainty.

“I didn't really see it going this well, given all the uncertainty. I couldn't have asked for a better group of people from the executive right down to the equipment manager.”

“I am most proud of is how they players came together and competed and battled as a team. They were, in my opinion, a true team.”

Stuart was very pleased with the support of the community and the fans, “One of my goals at the start of year was to put together a team that the town would be proud of, I really think we did that.”

While it is still too early to venture into what the team will look like next season, Staurt is excited about next season.

“We could be a dangerous hockey club next year. We have 20 eligible players that could come back, about 10 have indicated already that they would like to come back, and the closer to 20 returnees we get the more dangerous we will be.”

It was a rebuilding year, the team did over exceed expectations. Stuart and staff now have a foundation established that they can build upon.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Kimberley Dynamiters Playoff MVP: Cody Campbell

The Kimberley Dynamiters named Cody Campbell as their Playoff MVP.

"I feel honored that head coach Derek Stuart and the rest of the staff thought that I deserved the award." Campbell said about receiving the award. "It's pretty awesome. I feel like I put a lot of hard work in.

"I never really had an award or recognition like that before."

During the playoff run Campbell started all 17 games, winning 10 with a 2.79 GAA and a .916 SV%. Campbell also earned one shutout and five stars of the game.

For Campbell, he had two highlights of the playoff run.

First was in the division finals against Creston, "The whole Creston series was a battle. We weren't necessarily supposed to win it. 

"After we won in overtime in game four, to go up three-one. We realized, 'Wow we have them on the ropes.' That was probably one of the coolest moments, winning back-to-back overtime games."

The second was against Fernie, "The other really fun game, was game six against Fernie that went to double overtime. That game was crazy."

Photo by Jodi L'Heureux

Monday, 27 March 2017

Interviews with Kimberley Dynamiters 20 year olds

Kimberley Dynamiters are eliminated from the KIJHL Playoffs by Beaver Valley Nitehawks

The Kimberley Dynamiters worked hard in game four to force a winner-take-all game five with the Beaver Valley Nitehawks on Friday in an attempt to reach the KIJHL finals for a third year in a row.

The past two trips to the KIJHL finals, the Nitro’s have had to go through the Nitehawks to get there. The Nitehawks, however, were hopeful that third meeting would be the charm for them.

It didn’t take long for the Nitehawks to get the 350 in attendance, a capacity crowd, celebrating by scoring a mere 2:30 into the game. It soon became apparent, that Nitehawks Tyler Ghirardosi was on a one man mission to advance the Nitehawks into the KIJHL Finals. He scored his second of the period at 6:41, and then his hat-trick goal at the 10:35 mark of the first period.

“Unfortunately, we had three missed assignments, or bad shifts that ended in the back of our net.” Nitro’s head coach and general manager Derek Stuart said. “Three simple mistakes that they made us pay for.”

The Dynamiters did respond with Devon Langelaar scoring second of the playoffs, and Nolan Kurylo with his 10th of the playoffs.

“That's how we have been all year. We don't quit. Our resiliency has been there all season long.”

The Nitehawks wouldn’t go away, and would score their fourth of the period, taking a 4-2 lead into the second period.

Despite being doubled on the scoreboard, Stuart was very pleased with his teams performance.

“As weird as it may look and sound, I thought that was our best first period of the entire series.

“We outshot them, we had more scoring chances, and we scored two goals in their rink in the first period.”

Both teams would halt all scoring in the middle frame. The Dynamiters kept pressing, but were having a tough time finding a way to beat the Nitehawks and their goalie, Tallon Kramer, for a third goal.

“Despite the score being 4-2 we had a chance to win, and they believed it. We just couldn't get that third one.

“If we just could have got that third one, I really believe we would've been able to tie it up.”

In the third period, with just under nine minutes left, the Nitehawks would add their fifth goal of the game on the power play.

“After they got their fifth goal, the effort was still there, as impressive as that was, but everyone saw the writing on the wall.”

As the game wore down, the Dynamiters wanted to finish the season with class.

“For us as coaches, we tried to get Colapaolo, Hozjan and Lassiter out there as much as possible.”

But the emotion of losing started taking over, and weighing on everyone.

“The last couple of minutes it was tough to see the boys faces, it's two minutes that no coach or player likes to experience.”

It was a hard fought loss. The third time would be the charm for the Nitehawks as their 5-2 victory advanced them to the KIJHL finals against the Chase Heat.

Stuart felt that the team was treated unfairly by the officials. The Nitro’s were handed 68 minutes’ worth of penalties compared to the Nitehawks 32. This includes four 10-minute misconducts (Farmer, Langelaar, Langridge x2) and one game misconduct; some of them Stuart didn’t feel were necessary or understandable.

“I'm really confused as to why a ref would do that to a young kid and make him miss 10 minutes of the game.”

But he added, “Those don't have an effect on the outcome of the game, but it does impact the game at that time.  It hurt not to have them for 10 minutes.”

Even though the loss hurts, the Nitro’s can hold their heads high where they accomplished a lot more than anyone expected.

“I am most proud of is how they players came together and competed and battled as a team. They were, in my opinion, a true team.”

MATCH STICKS: The Nitro’s finished the series with injuries. Harrison Risdon received a concussion in game two. Tyler Van Steinburg broke his clavicle in game two. The Nitro’s conducted exit interviews this past Sunday, and Stuart is hopeful for more returnee’s next season.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Comparing KIJHL Division Awards with (unofficial) All-Stars

Remember back in early February when a bunch of social media brains got together and created an (unofficial) KIJHL All-Star team? No, well check it out here.

The KIJHL (FINALLY) released all of the division awards, which means it is time to compare how the all-star lines compare with coach-voted upon division awards.

The compete list is below, players in bold were named to the all-star lines, italicized received votes but not enough to make the team.

MVP – Michael Fidanza Chase Heat
Top Defenseman – Pat Brady – Chase Heat
Most Sportsmanlike – Joshua Bourne – Chase Heat
Top Div Goalie – Nicolas Bruyere – Chase Heat
Top Scorer Doug Birks Div – Michael Fidanza – Chase Heat
Top Rookie – Rob Raju – 100 Mile House Wranglers

MVP – Colin Bell – Osoyoos Coyotes
Top Defenseman – Daniel Stone – Osoyoos Coyotes
Most Sportsmanlike – Daniel Stone – Osoyoos Coyotes
Top Scorer – Colin Bell – Osoyoos Coyotes
Top Div Goalie – Adam Jones – Osoyoos Coyotes
Top Rookie – Jason Village – Kelowna Chiefs

MVP – John Moeller – Castlegar Rebels
Most Sportsmanlike – Ed Lindsey – Castlegar Rebels
Top Scorer – Logan Styler – Castlegar Rebeles
Top Defenseman – McKoy Hauck – Beaver Valley Nitehawks
Top Div Goalie– Tallon Kramer – Beaver Valley Nitehawks
Top Rookie – Luke Gallagher – Spokane Braves

MVP - Sebastian Kilcommons – Creston Valley Thundercats
Top Defenseman – Sebastian Kilcommons – Creston Valley Thundercats
Most Sportsmanlike – Sebastian Kilcommons – Creston Valley thundercats
Top Div Goalie – Brock Lefebvre – Creston Valley Thundercats
Top Scorer – Paxton Malone – Creston Valley Thundercats
Top Rookie – Chase Miller – Kimberley Dynamiters

A quick look shows that Sebastian Kilcommons was the number one overlooked player when naming the all-star lines. He brought home three pieces of hardware, yet did not receive a single vote by those involved (Ooops!).

Another quick observation is the amount in common with the Okanagan Division. All but one lined up, and the one that didn't make it, still received a vote.

Obviously, this shows how paid coaches and social media volunteers see the game differently.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

10+ Year History of Top KIJHL Playoff Defencemen Scorers

I was challenged to look at how impressive James Farmer's post-season numbers have been for a defencemen. And of course, I can't turn down a statistical challenge.

I went through all the years that are available on the KIJHL website and grabbed the top point scoring defender. There are some years where there are ties (2014, 2010), and some years where no defender made the top 25 (2011, 2012, 2015).

Here is the complete list of each post-seasons top 25 scoring defenders, ordered by points.

Defender PO Year Team GP G A PTS
James Farmer 2017 Kimberley Dynamiters 16 5 15 20
Bryce Perpelitz 2014 Kimberley Dynamiters 12 6 12 18
Daniel Buchanan 2014 Kamloops Storm 20 4 14 18
Brayden Sherbinin 2010 Nelson Leafs 24 6 9 15
Caleb Roy 2010 Revelstoke Grizzlies 15 2 13 15
Erik Alden 2013 Castlegar Rebels 21 6 9 15
Justin Palazzo 2009 Kamloops Storm 19 0 14 14
Kevin Koopman 2006 Beaver Valley Nitehawks 15 7 6 13
Derek Porter 2007 Fernie Ghostriders 17 2 11 13
Jordan Busch  2016 Kimberley Dynamiters 16 3 10 13
Cody Lockwood 2008 Kamloops Storm 21 4 8 12

While it is noticeable that Farmer is #1 on this list, another observation (Kimberley bias) is that there are two past Nitro's on this list, Perpelitz (who Farmer passed two points ago), and Jordan Busch.

This is a team sport, but Farmer's performance this post season is one for the history books.