Friday, May 28, 2010

DeLong News + KIJHL Bits & Bites

Castlegar native Anthony DeLong spoke with my colleague Shawn Mullin yesterday. The former Rebel became a BCHL free agent following the recent suspension of the Williams Lake Timberwolves, and is now in the course of finding a place to play next season. Why not Castlegar, you wonder? DeLong confirmed he has spoken with Rebels coach Steve Junker.

"He's contacted me, and told me I'd be a force, but I want to play Junior A. I'm trying to contact teams and just keep my options open. Hopefully I can play in the league [BCHL] next year."

Hard to blame DeLong for wanting to play at a higher level of hockey, whether it be the BCHL, AJHL or elsewhere. Even though a return to Castlegar would be something for Rebel fans to enjoy, I'm sure everyone hopes he can find a set of Junior A silks somewhere after a strong finish to last season as a Timberwolf.

Bits & Bites: Kimberley is looking for a new head coach. Kevin MacKay was recently named an assistant with the BCHL's Salmon Arm Silverbacks. The Dynamiters gig is the 5th head coaching position to open up in the KIJHL so far this off-season. Revelstoke is losing forward Riley Spraggs. According to a Vernon newspaper, Spraggs (25-28-53 in 47 GP with the Grizzlies last season) will play with the BCHL's Prince George Spruce Kings. Kamloops Storm owner Barry Dewar says his team will not be moving to Chase, although he says they could potentially play some home games there if the new group looking to bring a team to Chase for the 2011-12 season is granted an expansion franchise. Read more here.

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