Ice and Wildcats open season

Major Midget opens its season in Richmond, while Female Midget AAA Kootenay Wildcats hosts a trio of games in Nelson this weekend.

The Major Midget Kootenay Ice opens its season this weekend in Richmond, while the Female Midget AAA Kootenay Wildcats season is already underway and will host a trio of games in Nelson this weekend.

Greater Trail Minor Hockey Association graduates like forwards Christian Macasso of Montrose, Trail’s Blake Sidoni, defencemen, Karsten Chang of Rossland, Trail natives Evan Gorman and Matthew Alderson, and goaltender Jason Mailhiot will hit the ice for the Midget Ice as they take on the Greater Vancouver Canadiens in a pair of games Saturday and Sunday.

Head coach Rob Wright is returning for his second season with the Kootenay Ice. Wright replaced Mario DiBella before the season started in 2013.

Over the course of a 40 game season, teams will battle it out for a chance to represent British Columbia in the Pacific Region Championship, and potentially a trip to the 2015 Telus Cup in Quebec

Meanwhile Cary Fisher of Rossland is back as skipper of the Kootenay Wildcats, which plays in the six-team Female Midget AAA Hockey League (FMAAA).

Fisher’s team boasts many local faces including Trail’s Stephanie McAuley and Julia Sidoni, Maddie Vokeroth-Fisher and Dakota Mular of Rossland, and Kendra Waterstreet of Fruitvale.

They began their season last weekend, but the WildCats are still looking for their first win after dropping 4-1 and 3-1 games to the Vancouver Island Hurricanes on Saturday and a 5-1 match Sunday morning in Campbell River.

The Wildcats play three home games at the Nelson Civic Centre this weekend against the Fraser Valley Phantom at 8:15 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Saturday, and 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

The other FMAAA teams include the Northern Cougars, Thompson Okanagan Lakers, and West Coast Avalanche.

The 2014 – 2015 FMAAA League will be entering its seventh season as the top female league in the province. The league has seen over 50 graduating players continue on to CIS, NCAA or ACAC opportunities.