KIJHL Notebook

  The first weekend of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League 2023-24 season didn’t disappoint. The defending Teck Cup champion Kimberley Dynamiters won their opening game, the Eddie Mountain division regular season champs, the Columbia Valley Rockies gave Tayler Sincennes his first KIJHL win as a head coach and the Spokane Braves bounced back from […]

Top Shelf – The KIJHL Podcast for Sept. 15

Welcome to Top Shelf – The KIJHL Podcast. In episode 2, Creston Valley Thunder Cat Luke Chakrabarti talks with co-host Emanuel Sequeira about the upcoming season while Mark Berry chats with KIJHL Commissioner Jeff Dubois about some rule changes.   Top Shelf: The KIJHL Podcast – S2 E2 – September 15 – L. Chakrabarti – […]

HockeyTV is now FloHockey

Fans of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League will notice a few key changes when they tune in to watch their favourite team’s broadcasts this season, as HockeyTV is now part of the FloSports family and has been re-branded as FloHockey. In order to enjoy KIJHL game broadcasts during the 2023/24 season, fans who already […]

Cats Camp a Success; Coaching Staff Looks Forward to Preseason

Players were put through their paces with skill drills, a bit of conditioning, and multiple games as nine returning players joined seven newly acquired and 14 hopefuls for a high-intensity, show-me-what-you-got weekend at the John Bucyk Arena. It was a smaller camp with an emphasis on chemistry right from the get-go, something Head Coach & […]

Quick Shift: A look at the Creston Valley Thunder Cats

  Welcome to Quick Shift, which provides a preview of each of the 20 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League teams, with insights from their respective general manager-head coach. Next are the Creston Valley Thunder Cats in the Eddie Mountain division. The Thunder Cats finished fifth in their division with a record of 19-23-1-1 and qualified […]

BC Hockey approves KIJHL for Junior A status

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) is thrilled to announce that the league and its 20 member clubs have been reclassified as Junior A, Tier 2 beginning the 2023/24 season following a unanimous vote by BC Hockey’s Board of Directors. The decision immediately vaults the KIJHL to Junior A status and provides an avenue […]

Thunder Cats’ Nelson joins ACHA’s Jimmies

  Creston Valley Thunder Cats forward Reece Nelson will play for the University of Jamestown Jimmies in the ACHA next season. Nelson finished third on the Thunder Cats with 43 points in 44 games. He had five points in 12 KIJHL Teck Cup championships to help the Thunder Cats reach the second round. “I am […]

Thunder Cats’ Hennessy signs with ACHA’s Aztecs

  Creston Valley Thunder Cats forward Kolby Hennessy will play for the San Diego State University Aztecs in ACHA next season. In 21 games with the Thunder Cats, Hennessy had nine points, and in 36 total games this season with the Fernie Ghostriders and Nelson Leafs, the 19-year-old had 11 points.  He’s excited about his […]

KIJHL alumni competing for BCHL Fred Page Cup

On Friday, Kootenay International Junior Hockey League alumni Campbell Arnold and Joe Martin of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs will do their best to win the B.C. Hockey League’s Fred Page Cup championship against the defending champion Penticton Vees. Arnold is in his final season of junior hockey, which began with the Spokane Braves in 2018-19. […]

Livingstone makes NHL debut with Predators

  Former Creston Valley Thunder Cat Jake Livingstone made his NHL debut today with the Nashville Predators against the Carolina Hurricanes. Livingstone, a defenceman, played 16:08, including six seconds on the penalty-kill, in a 3-0 victory. Livingstone signed with the Predators from the Minnesota State University-Mankato Mavericks, where he played for three seasons. He joined […]