Game 5 tonight of the KIJHL championship goes in Nelson with Revelstoke holding a 3-1 series lead. A pair of wins by the Grizzlies on home ice Wednesday and Thursday have them on the cusp of their first KIJHL championship since 1998. Nelson fans should expect another close game tonight, each of the first four have been decided by 2 goals or less. Interesting to note Revy overagers Lucas Blinkhorn and Luke Richardson, the latter a former Rebel, are 1-2 in scoring in the KIJHL playoffs with 23 and 20 points respectively. Nelson's top sniper has been Dane Rupert with 17 points, 10 of which have been goals.
Gregg Drinnan's blog is now reporting, well, no news as far as the Chase Chiefs are concerned. Apparently, owner Fred Pittendreigh was going to make an announcement yesterday, but that didn't happen. He also quotes league president Bill Ohlhausen as saying any discussions he's had with Pittendreigh about the possible move to Rutland are "confidential." People I've talked to involved with the league, though, seem to think the move won't happen, but admittedly there has been a significant amount of hearsay.
The Golden Rockets have hired a new coach and GM, as former Salmon Arm Silverbacks bench boss Ty Davidson has accepted the job formerly held by Rockie Zinger. Read more about the move here.
If you're a local hockey fan and not planning on watching the Leafs tonight, it could be worthwhile to shell out the cash for BCHL pay-per-view tonight, as Alberni Valley and Powell River play a Game 7 to see who advances to the Fred Page Cup finals. Of note, 16 year-old Castlegar native Ryan Renz is a current Bulldog after joining the team from the Rebels mid-season, and so far has a goal and 8 points in 12 playoff games.
And local products are having success in the WHL playoffs as well. Trail's Craig Cunningham and the Vancouver Giants are awaiting their second round opponent. Castlegar product Luke Walker scored his first goal of the playoffs last night as the Winterhawks evened their series at 2-2 with the Spokane Chiefs. Castlegar's Bloodoff brothers, Lucas and Evan find themselves on the brink, though, as their Kelowna Rockets trail Everett 3 games to 2. Speaking of the Giants, there were rumours a couple of months ago that they'd be taking Castlegar native Aaron Hadley from the Beaver Valley Nitehawks, but it appears that won't be happening anytime soon. Hadley has announced he will suit up with the BCHL's Vernon Vipers next season.