Thursday, 25 August 2016

Main Camp this weekend

The Ghostriders Main Camp goes Friday Saturday and Sunday at the Fernie Memorial Arena. Head Coach Craig Mohr tells me he's got 13 veterans back in camp including new Captain Alex Cheveldave. Mohr also has several prospects, and some good locals skating as well. 

The four games should be entertaining and any interested fans are encouraged to come out take a look at the start of this year's team. 

As usual when all the junior "A" Camps are done more players will show up in town but several of the guys skating this weekend are expected to make the opening roster.

Main Camp Times      Fans are welcome to attend !
August 26-27-28
Aug 26
Registration 4:00-5:30
Game 6:30-8:00
Aug 27
Game 1/  11:00-12:30
Game 2/  6:30-8:00
Aug 28
Game 1/ 11:00- 1:00

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Pascal Morency moves on and says goodbye to the players and staff.

Ghostrider Assistant Coach Pascal Morency has left the Riders for the QMJHL where he will serve as an Assistant Coach with the Val-D'Or Foreurs. Pascal sent this note to the "News" Saturday afternoon. 

Dear Riders,

I would like to take a moment to express my gratitude to the organization. Coach Craig for his skills, confidence and acknowledgement towards me. The Godfather "Panger the legend" for his insightful advice and wisdom. The iron man Jeff for his position as a role model and all the players for their openness and their values. They all have been a significant part of my journey and stepping stones in my life.

What a great community, and it is a privilege to be able to play this unique game of hockey in a town like Fernie BC. I see many great memories that will be created with this organization in near future as it is lead and guided by an amazing staff. I will miss these two beings (Heather Lewis and Kayla Newfeld) that care for players inside and outside of themselves and Darren, Brader and Donavan for their amazing kindness.

Keep being this organization of value which is open to always evolve and change. Keep developing players inside out for not only their career but their life as well. I will follow you from across Canada!

Riders, remain the shinning light that you are for the KJIHL.



Thursday, 11 August 2016

Meet The Ghostriders New Captain

Rider boss Craig Mohr has just announced that  Alex Cheveldave will be the team Captain this season.

Cheveldave contacted Rider HC and GM Craig Mohr last week and said that he wanted to play in Fernie again this season. My guess is Mohr probably jumped right out of his phone to shake his hand and offer him the the Captains "C when he got that call. 

Last season Alex started out on the wing but played the last half on the blueline and was named and the Team Playoff MVP at the end of the year. As a 20 year old Cheveldave brings lots of experience that includes a run with the Jr A Yorkton Terriers of the SJHL.

Cheveldave also plays with a pretty good "edge" and makes the enemy keep their heads up.  Coach Mohr plans to play him on the blueline, his normal position, this year... but if anything happens up front, he is an excellent option. Chevy will be the Riders  25th "C".

WELCOME BACK ALEX ! ... getting any ideas #14

Friday, 8 July 2016

Be Careful Where You Sign Boys

Hockey Canada, its member Branches, Major Junior and registered Junior Hockey Leagues in Canada are concerned with the proliferation of leagues that operate outside the auspices of Hockey Canada.

Hockey Canada offers the best development programs worldwide. It has invested significant resources in the development of officials, coaches, administrators and players countrywide. We have a committed strategy toward a cohesive long term athlete development model.

These non-member organizations do not support the development of these programs. Further, they operate in a vacuum, with no consideration to the impact of their programs on minor, junior, senior, adult recreational hockey, female hockey, officiating development, coaching development or administrator development in Canada. These non-member leagues instead choose to utilize the resources already developed by Hockey Canada and its member Branches. 

The teams who make up these "leagues" operate in this fashion because they do not agree with the existing overall vision of Hockey Canada. They profess to have a better program yet often operate without a constitution, by- laws, create their own rule book and may not provide adequate insurance for their participants. Further, they offer the lure of "Rep" or "Junior" level competition when this is clearly not the case.

Hockey Canada, its member Branches, Major Junior Leagues as well as registered Junior Hockey Leagues wish to be exceedingly clear with our response to these programs.

Hockey Canada and its member Branches view all leagues that operate outside the auspices/sanctioning of Hockey Canada programs to be classified as non-member leagues. This currently does not include summer hockey leagues/teams, adult recreational hockey leagues/teams, high school hockey, and/or hockey schools.
  1. 1)  Any individual who participates (knowingly or otherwise) in non-member programs after September 30 of the season in question ("the Cut-Off Date") will lose all membership privileges with Hockey Canada for the remainder of that season, and may only reapply for membership with Hockey Canada after the end of that season. "Participation" in an non-member program will be considered to have occurred if the individual takes part in one game (including an exhibition, tournament, league or playoff game) after the Cut-Off Date.
    If a participant makes the choice to participate in these non-member programs, they must understand the ramifications of that choice and that the sanctions described in this paragraph will remain in effect even if the league or team folds, or the individual is released, suspended or fired.
  2. 2)  Hockey Canada and its member Branches across the country will make every effort to ensure that local minor hockey and female hockey associations in areas where non-member leagues exist are not supporting these leagues in any manner whatsoever. For greater certainty, "supporting" includes, but is not limited to, assisting an non-member league directly or indirectly through  advertisement, promotion, ticket sales, volunteer activities, assigning Officials, sharing resources or enabling such a league to participate in Hockey Canada sanctioned activities. We will withhold tournament sanctions and will preclude such associations from benefitting from any Hockey Canada/Branch/CHL sanctioned event by whatever means necessary, including the withdrawal of any such event from any community within the geographic boundaries of that association if need be to stress this point.
This policy is aimed at those leagues that choose to operate outside the hockey structure established by Hockey Canada, its member Branches and the Canadian Hockey League. 

Friday, 24 June 2016

No Crossovers, no fun, less fans ?

Play by play guy Dustin Scafe brings up an interesting point in his Tweet Thursday night.

Dustin Scafe
One of best parts of Jr Hockey is going on long road trips with the boys and seeing new places. Please don't take that away from the KIJHL

He was responding to the KIJHL Governors who are about to finalize their new schedule that will not have crossovers. That, for those who don’t know, means the Kootenay Conference will only play games against teams in the Kootenay Conference. Same for the Okanagan Shuswap Conference, essentially making two leagues.

The teams from the Okanagan Shuswap Conference are the main culprits and have been complaining for years about travel and money. However some of the mileage mathematicians can show it’s not all that valid of an argument.

Plus, as a fan, I really look forward to seeing the teams from the other Conference as do all fans in the league. But the league Governors, as usual, have the fans wishes at the bottom of their list. If it were up to me we would not only have crossovers, we would have a full crossover featuring one visit from every team in the league every year.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Riders helping out at "Coal Miner Says" in Sparwood

Ryan Teslak, Barb Anderson (Team Pres) Brandon Butler,
Taylor Sinceness, Kyle Haugo, Craig Mohr (Coach GM) and
former all star D man Cody Reinbold

Justin Peers and Kyle Haugo at Tim Hortan's Camp Day

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Cyclone fun, Players pay the price not the Dewar, Scouts Rats Round the league

June 9th 2016- 6 AM

So  one of the biggest KIJHL stories out there since the 100 Mile House Wranglers won the KI, Cyclone and Keystone last April was the awarding of the 2017  Cyclone Taylor Cup to Coach Jeff Dubois and his Creston Thunder Cats. 

Cyclone Fun House
Creston, Kimberley, Beaver Valley, Revelstoke and the Kamloops Storm all put in bids to be the host team but it was Creston who had the winning bid. And they got it fair and square… but don’t tell that to Kamloops Storm Owner and GM Barry Dewar who was so pissed he didn’t get it that he leaked out his thoughts to Adam Williams of Kamloops This Week. 

Why "I" Should Get the Money- By Barry Dewar
“Players will pay the price.. “We” would have had a great event and would have been very financially successful for both ourselves and BC Hockey”. Then he played the scout card...  the “Scouts” won't  see the players to the degree that they would if it was in Kamloops"… 

Why I'm glad he didn't get the money- By Rider News

Yes Barry the scouts won't bother to travel to Creston... cause we all know that hockey scouts don’t travel all over the place to get an edge on the other teams. Maybe Lord Baden Dewar was thinking about them scouts who wear the weird shorts and hang around in tents.

So a private owner is pissed because he won’t be able to fill his pockets and some hillbillies  with a  small town backwoods community owned team are gonna get his money. And don’t even get me started on BC Hockey, guaranteed Dewar couldn’t give a rat’s ass about them and I know that every team that has ever done the huge amount of work that goes into hosting the Cyclone Taylor only spitefully gave their  10% to  BC Hockey... who's main contribution at the games is to watch the gate to make sure they get their share. 

The Spirit Moves Me

The spirit of the  KIJHL Governors is suppose to be  "We are Partners " one for all and all for one. So his whining  drivel is way out of line (thus this column) and fans are going to see what kind of a "partner" he is in the coming months. Small town "Community owned" teams used to be what the KIJHL was all about, but increasingly we're seeing big city teams with private owners take over, next up is Williams Lake and then Quesnel. 

 ‘Round the League in the last few weeks. 

Our natural born enemies from Kimberley have hired a new Head Coach and General Manager in Derek Stuart. Long time Rider fans may remember Stuart from the 1995-98 Jr A RMJHL seasons where he got his start in junior hockey with Kimberley. In his final season KD went 49-5 and Stuart had 57 goals and 47 assists.  Tim Tisdale was the Head Coach and Jerry Bancks was also on the bench as well  back then.

 Stuart’s father Jim saved the team when he bought it then held it for a while before selling it (or giving it back, I don’t remember the particulars) and a couple of years later the old RMJHL folded... Who can remember  this sh@*t anyway, I need'a get a life.

The Castlegar Rebels Head Coach and General Manager Jesse Dorans has taken a job in Drayton Valley with the Alberta Junior Hockey League's Thunder. You can read that story here
No word yet on who the new Rebel coach will be. Everyone is still waiting on Trail who is about to hire someone shortly. Good for Jesse Dorans taking a step up to the Jr A  AJHL.

And finally, and not a moment to soon, former Ghostrider and Fernie local Dave LeNeveu is now part of the ownership group in Nanaimo where he will be the President and Governor of the BCHL Clippers. Read the full story by Greg Sakai here   Congrats Dave.