Sports ‘n’ Things: A quiet March in Greater Trail hockey rinks

"...he closest junior hockey rink that still has action is in Kimberley, a bit much of a drive during the dicey weather conditions"

It is a sad March when the only hockey on view in the West Kootenay for the latter half of the month is a busy training camp full of folks who have been in Next Year Country for several weeks already.

We have been spoiled over the years, I suppose, by the perennial quality of the Beaver Valley Nitehawks  and the local (Neil Murdoch) junior B division  – such quality that in any year when the Nitehawks were not playing at this point it could be assumed the teams in Nelson or Castlegar were still in the running for titles.

Now the closest junior hockey rink that still has action is in Kimberley, a bit much of a drive during the dicey weather conditions of early spring around here, even for hockey zealots.

The surprising Dynamiters went on an 8-3 run against teams above them in the standings to achieve the league championship finals, then won the first two games of that series, pushing their playoff record to 14-3,  before Kamloops fought back with two wins in their home town to tie it.

Likely a zealot would enjoy the fifth game in Kimberley tonight. Given that Kamloops had to overcome the regular-season-dominant Osoyoos Coyotes to get to this point, it seems clear the finals are being competed by two surging squads.

Otherwise, as noted, the Smoke Eaters have a bustling business going at the Cominco Arena. There are things on the line there, just not current championship things.

A positive about that is it seems unlikely the team would be expending all that energy if there were many doubts about the Smokies appearing on the 2015/16 BCHL schedule. Nothing decided, or at least announced, officially, but I am being very hopeful.

• I suppose I was mislead by a similarly mislead writer when I placed, “Dr.,” in front of eldest son Marty Howe’s name in last week’s bit about Donnie Mcleod. I had seen in some article about his  iconic dad that he was a Dr. now and tending to his famous but failing father.

Wherever I read that was mistaken, too. It is the youngest son, Murray, who is the MD – chairman of Toledo (Ohio) Hospital’s department of radiology, in fact. Marty, originally drafted by the Montreal Canadiens but more a WHA player than an NHL one, stayed around the hockey world after his playing retirement in 1985.

So, sorry, Murray, and everyone I misinformed last week.

Hate it when that happens.

Just Posted

Trail police release image of liquor store robber

The video surveillance image shows the robber aiming a black gun at the store’s clerk

More snow called for the Kootenays

Environment Canada issued the bulletin Tuesday under its “BC Traveller’s Routes forecast”

Castlegar daycare selected for univeral child care pilot program

MLA Katrine Conroy presents letter of acceptance to the program to the Children’s Centre at Selkirk College

Kootenay employers ready to meet job seekers at Black Press career fair

Dozens of companies will attend the event on Nov. 15 at the Ktunaxa Nation Building in Cranbrook

Sandblasting Silver City skate sign

The Trail Sk8 Park was closed on Thursday so workers could ready a sign for painting

VIDEO: Amazon to split second HQ between New York, Virginia

Official decision expected later Tuesday to end competition between North American cities to win bid and its promise of 50,000 jobs

Kuhnhackl scores 2 odd goals as Isles dump Canucks 5-2

Vancouver drops second game in two nights

Stink at B.C. school prompts complaints of headaches, nausea

Smell at Abbotsford school comes from unauthorized composting operation

Fear of constitutional crisis escalates in U.S.; Canadians can relate

Some say President Donald Trump is leading the U.S. towards a crisis

B.C.-based pot producer Tilray reports revenue surge, net loss

Company remains excited about ‘robust’ cannabis industry

Canada stands pat on Saudi arms sales, even after hearing Khashoggi tape

Khashoggi’s death at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul further strained Riyadh’s already difficult relationship with Ottawa

Feds pledge money for young scientists, but funding for in-house research slips

Canada’s spending on science is up almost 10 per cent since the Liberals took office, but spending on in-house research is actually down

Disabled boy has ‘forgiven’ bullies who walked on him in stream, mom says

A Cape Breton teen who has cerebral palsy was told to lie in a stream as other kids walked over him

Letters shed light on state of mind of B.C. mom accused of daughter’s murder

Trial of South Surrey mother Lisa Batstone begins in BC Supreme Court

Most Read