Beaver Valley Nitehawks – Derochie nets honour

Beaver Valley Nitehawks’ forward Chris Derochie was named the KIJHL’s Kootenay Conference Player of the Month for November.

Beaver Valley Nitehawks’ forward Chris Derochie was named the KIJHL’s Kootenay Conference Player of the Month for November.

The 19 year-old from Rossland scored 10 goals and added 11 assists for 21 points in just nine games last month, helping the Nitehawks to a five-point lead atop the Neil Murdoch division.

Derochie has 20 goals and 39 assists through 28 games this season. He currently sits second in the league in scoring with 59 points, two behind line-mate Ryan Edwards.

The line of Derochie, Edwards and rookie Craig Martin has lit up opposing teams, and has collectively accounted for 66 goals and 115 assists for the Nitehawks this year.

“Chris has been one of the KIJHL’s best all-round players for the past couple of years, and is enjoying a breakout offensive season as one of the top scorers in the league,” head coach/GM Terry Jones told broadcaster Chris Wahl.

Derochie is also an affiliate player for the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL and has skated in two games with the team this season.

The Kamloops Storm’s Chase Edwards received PoM honours for the Okanagan Conference. The Hawks are back on home ice Friday against Spokane at 7:30 p.m.