Year in Review (Sports): Greater Trail hockey products reach national and international stages

The Trail Times is reviewing the memorable moments from 2013. In this issue we’ll look back on April to June:


2 – Julien Locke wins silver in the 1.6 km. Sprint at the Haywood ski nationals at the Callaghan Valley training centre in Whistler.

3 – Warfield’s Tom Pitman three-peated as the Canadian Junior Men’s champion capturing the title at the  Sport Chek Canadian Snowboardcross championship.

5 – Trail minor hockey coach Ken Koshey is one of 20 volunteers to win the Kraft Hockey Goes On promotion, netting the Greater Trail Minor Hockey Association $20,000.

9 – The Quinnipiac Bobcats with Greater Trail forwards Connor and Kellen Jones, and Travis St. Denis made the Frozen Four, the finals for the NCAA championship ice hockey tournament, by beating Union 5-1.

10 – Red Mountain Racer Jane Andison claims the U14 B.C. girls downhill title for combined Giant Slalom and slalom races in Vernon.

Darren Rich led his Kootenay-Okanagan team of five-pin bowlers to the provincial championship and a berth in the Canadian national championship in Newfoundland, while Trail’s Glenmerry Bowl doubles team of Devon Fulton and Joshua Mack won the senior division in the youth provincial final.

11 – Black Jack skier Julien Locke is the top junior in the 3.3 km skate at the U.S. SuperTour finals in Tahoe, Calif.

16 – Heather Johnson competes in Boston Marathon and fortunately misses bombings that kill three and injure over 250.

17 – Riley Brandt of Trail and Fruitvale’s Lindsay Swanson both make the line up for Team B.C. for the National Aboriginal Hockey championship in Kahnawak, Que.

AAA Jays are uanable to field a team for Trail American Legion Baseball due to lack of bodies.

23 – Pat Iannone is named MVP as he helps his Team Italy advance to the elite division of the World Hockey Championship to be held in Sweden in 2014.

The Canadian Sledge Hockey team coached by Mike Mondin wins the 2013 IPA World Sledge Hockey championship in South Korea beating the Americans 1-0 in the final.

24 – Rossland Secondary School golf team wins two tournaments south of the border in Chewelah and Colville, while the RSS senior girls soccer team capture the Kootenay Cup in Creston.

30 – Kootenay Chrysler Bull-a-Rama delivers another wild ride with plenty of spills and thrills that eventually saw with rookie Corey Waterson of Australia winning the golden spurs. Photo


2 – Trail’s Travis St. Denis receives Rookie of the Year honours for the Quinnipiac Bobcats of the NCAA.

Montrose native Luke Bertolucci’s Edmonton Oil Kings gets set to face off against Trail’s Joey Baker and his Portland Winterhawks for the WHL championship, the Ed Chynoweth Cup. The Winterhawks were also coached by Castlegar native Travis Green.

3 – Trail Martial Arts brings home 17 medals from the Tae Kwon-Do International Canadian championship in Kelowna, qualifying nine competitors for the World championship in England.

6 – The Home of Champions monument receives not just a face lift but four more names to its venerable list.  Kickboxer Terry Yuris, ski coach Grant Rutherglen, hockey player Trevor Johnson, and actor Kevin McNulty join 117 other Greater Trail luminaries.

8 – Trail native Riley Brandt helps Team B.C. to a gold medal at the 12th annual National Aboriginal Hockey championship in Kahnawake, Que. With a 5-3 final win over Ontario.

12 – The Allen Americans of the Central Hockey League win the President’s Cup championship thanks to Trail native Todd Robinson’s overtime goal in Game 7 to lift the Americans to a 3-2 victory over the Wichita Thunder. Robinson led all playoff scorers with 22 points.

15 – The Rossland Secondary School Royals senior girls soccer team wins the Public School ‘A’ championship by routing its rivals in four games in Osoyoos.

16 – Trail Smoke Eaters report losses of over $60,000 at their Annual General Meeting after a major decline in season-ticket sales, and a shortfall in fundraising.

29 – Birchbank golfer Tyler McKay places third in the individual event at the Single A provincial high school golf championship at Birchbank while helping his Rossland Secondary School to a bronze medal.

31- Ten-year-old Macy Verigin wins bronze at the Karate B.C. Spring Provincial in Richmond, just missing silver in a tie-breaking kata.


4 – The Rossland Secondary School Royals come up short in its bid for a medal at the BC Single-A High School senior girls soccer championships, losing to Glenlyon Norfolk 5-3 in the bronze medal game. It was the last provincial event to be held at RSS.

– Rossland golfer Tyler McKay, 17, wins the Johnny Bucyk championship in Creston receiving exemptions into the Canadian Junior championship, and the Mizuno National junior gold championship.

5 – Sport BC with Teck operations presents the community Sports Hero award to nine deserving Greater Trail residents including Brian Pipes, Brad Eliot, Dale and Wendy Glover, Liz Iannone, John D’Arcangelo, Dan Horan, Sheila Hawton, and Sandra Rothwell.

11 – Ken Koshey is named Coach of the Year by B.C. Hockey.

Birchbank’s Brad Harding and Creston golfer Kowan O’Keefe capture top spots in their respective B.C. Golf provincial qualifiers at Christina Lake and Redstone Resort. Harding topped the senior’s event while O’Keefe took the amateur side.

13 – The Kootenay South Youth Soccer Association selects U-15 Big Horns won the regional playdowns in Creston with a 5-0 win over Cranbrook in the final to advance to the provincials.

15 – Tyler McKay takes home the championship medal for winning the Zone 1 West Kootenay Junior Golf Tour championship at Balfour Golf Course.

20 – Trail native Theresa Hanson leads Team Canada as Chef de Mission into the 2013 University Summer Games in Kazan, Russia.

23 – The Trail Steelers go undefeated and win the U12C Regional Fastpitch tournament with a convincing 10-2 victory over the Prince George Jr. Panthers.

23 – Jackson Konkin, 13, takes top spot in the Christina Lake Triathlon.