Selkirk College Saints Keep Focus on Work Ethic

MAY 08 2017

The Selkirk College Saints hockey program continues to build towards what looks to be another solid run at a British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League championship in the 2017-2018 season.

A culture of hard work is what has contributed to the massive success for the Selkirk College Saints over the last few seasons and the team has added a pair of recruits that will help continue the trend.

Grant Iles and Connor Harding have committed to play for the Saints in the upcoming British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season, both arriving with a proven record of tenacity and grit during their junior hockey careers.

Grant Iles played for the Creston Valley Thunder Cats of the KIJHL last season and arrives to the Selkirk College Saints with a reputation for hard work and a team-first attitude.

“There are not very many nights over the course of the season where our team gets out-worked,” says Saints head coach Brent Heaven. “Both of these players have shown that they will fit in very well because of their commitment to compete hard every shift.”

Iles Excited to Play for Championship Program

Iles arrives to Selkirk College after finishing his junior eligibility with the Creston Valley Thunder Cats of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL). The 20-year-old forward scored 14 goals and added 18 assists while playing under former Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.

“I chose Selkirk College because the strong programs and smaller class sizes,” says Iles, who will either take the Forest Technology Program or the Heavy Mechanical Foundation Program. “I also chose Selkirk College because I love living in the Kootenays and playing for a prestigious team like the Saints is an honour.”

Iles is a two-way forward who is known for his ability to win faceoffs, but Heaven says it’s the overall style of play that made the Whistler native stand out.

“He has an ability to get under the skin of his opponent while still contributing offensively,” says Heaven, who is heading into his third season as head coach. “His tenacious persistence will be a huge asset to our roster given his record of being a leader on every team over his junior career.”

Harding Great Addition to Blueline

Harding is a six-foot defenceman who played Junior A last season with the Elliot Lake Wildcats in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL).

“Connor is an extremely hard working individual with a desire and commitment to physical fitness,” says Heaven. “He competes extremely hard, has a great first pass and plays with edge. Connor should bring another level of excitement to our defensive core.”

Harding will enter the Business Administration Program when classes begin this coming September on the Castlegar Campus.

“I decided to return to British Columbia and attend Selkirk College for the quality education and championship history of the program,” says Harding, who is originally from West Kelowna.

After winning a historic four straight BCIHL championships, the Saints’ drive-for-five was stopped short this past spring when they were defeated in the league semi-final by the Trinity Western University Spartans. The 2017-2018 BCIHL season begins in September.


Selkirk College Saints Add Experience at Both Ends of the Ice

APR 25 2017

The Selkirk College Saints added two more important pieces to the post-graduation rebuilding for the upcoming 2017-2018 BCIHL season with commitments from a pair of blue chip former junior standouts.

The Selkirk College Saints have added a pair of highly regarded former junior players to the roster for the upcoming 2017-2018 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season.

Forward Michal Holub and defenceman Parker Wakaruk have committed to Selkirk College and will help the Saints in their pursuit of returning the BCIHL championship trophy to the West Kootenay when the season begins in September.

“Both Michal and Parker have excellent junior hockey resumes,” says Saints head coach Brent Heaven. “Their experience, character and leadership are exactly the kind of individuals we want in our program.”

Selkirk College Saints recruit Michal Holub will arrive to the West Kootenay this coming September after an extensive junior hockey career that included two seasons in the Western Hockey League. (Photo courtesy Doug Abbott)

Holub hails from the Lower Mainland and started his junior career in the Western Hockey League (WHL) where he spent two seasons with the Seattle Thunderbirds and Lethbridge Hurricanes. The 6’1” right winger then finished his junior hockey career in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) and Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL).

“I chose Selkirk College because there is great opportunity here for me,” says Holub. “My buddy Marcel Fuchs played for the Saints and had nothing but good things to say about the school and the program. The program has four championships, how could you not want to be a part of that? Also, I love the West Kootenay area in the winter, it can be quite beautiful.”

The Saints have lost several key offensive weapons to graduation and Heaven is confident that Holub will be one of the newcomers to pick up the slack.

“With Michal’s extensive major junior experience, he will be able to contribute in many ways including leadership for our program,” says Heaven. “Michal brings a good team mentality, work ethic and desire to succeed. He is a big body that likes to play physical and has a good set of hands to chip-in on the offensive side.”

Experience Added on the Blueline

Wakaruk arrives from the SJHL’s Humbolt Broncos where the blueliner had an excellent 2016-2017 season scoring four goals and adding ten assists. Still deciding between the Business Administration Program and the Recreation, Fish & Wildlife Program to focus his academic pursuits, Wakaruk is looking forward to starting the next chapter of his life.

Defenceman Parker Wakaruk will join the Selkirk College Saints this September after three seasons of Junior A hockey which concluded in 2016-2017 where he played with the Humboldt Broncos in the SJHL. (photo courtesy Chris Lee/Humboldt Journal)

“I decided on Selkirk College because it not only has a great selection of post-secondary educational opportunities in a smaller learning environment, but also a very strong hockey program in which I can continue to develop as an individual and more importantly, a team player,” says the 6’1” defenceman. “I have heard only positive things about the school and the hockey team, and am very excited to see what the future holds in Castlegar.”

With defence a key to winning championships, Heaven says Wakaruk will be a good fit on the Saints’ blueline.

“Parker is a very hard working, dedicated leader,” says Heaven. “He will bring a real calm to the back end, while being extremely difficult to play against. I expect him to help shut down the defensive zone while making every shift an absolute battle for his opponent. He is also able to be quick and precise with his outlet options.”

Holub and Wakaruk join Brandon Sookro and Logan Kerner in the players already announced for the Saints’ 2017-2018 recruiting class. The 2017-2018 BCIHL season starts in September.


Selkirk College Saints Keeping It in the Family

APR 17 2017

The Selkirk College Saints will rebuild a program that has lost several key players to graduation. The first players to be part of the recruiting class for the upcoming 2017-2018 BCIHL season are Logan Kerner and Brandon Sookro.

The Selkirk College Saints have started the post-graduation rebuilding project and hockey fans will be familiar with the names on the back of the jerseys of two of the newest recruits.

Following in the strides of their older brothers, Brandon Sookro and Logan Kerner will pull on a Saints jersey for the 2017-2018 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season.

“I choose Selkirk College to further my hockey career and obtain a post-secondary education,” says Kerner, whose older brother Tyler played three years with the Saints where he was the captain in 2016-2017. “I’ve been watching the Saints play hockey both in person and online, the team chemistry and grittiness of their game is exactly the kind of hockey I want to be a part of. Castlegar provides a great fan base and community feel which helps with the transition of moving to a new place for school and hockey.”

Logan Kerner played his final season for the Tillonsburg Hurricanes in Southern Ontario where he notched 56 points and amassed 175 penalty minutes in 37 games this past winter.

The younger Kerner will be enroled in the Heavy Mechanical Foundation Program on the Silver King Campus in Nelson when he joins the team this coming September. He played Junior A with the Olds Grizzlies (Alberta) and the Tillonsburg Hurricanes (Southern Ontario), finishing his junior career with the latter where he notched 56 points and amassed 175 penalty minutes in 37 games this past winter.

“Logan is a hard-nosed, two-way forward who showed last year by scoring 26 goals that he has a knack for the net,” says Saints head coach Brent Heaven. “Just like his brother, Logan plays with a very large chip on his shoulder and that will be an asset in our line-up for the coming season.”

Sookro Familiar with West Kootenay Hockey Scene

Sookro grew up playing minor hockey in the Nelson area and is the younger brother of Ryon Sookro who helped the Saints to a league championship in the 2015-2016 season. The younger Sookro was a top-notch rookie for the Nelson Junior Leafs in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) before moving on to Junior A hockey in Saskatchewan where he played for both the Yorkton Terriers and Notre Dame Hounds

“Selkirk College has great trades programs to offer and the winning culture the hockey program has developed over the past several years is something I’m looking forward to being part of,” says Sookro, who will be enroled in the Electrical Foundation Program on the Silver King Campus. “I will bring a strong work ethic on the ice and in the classroom, and do whatever it takes to help the team win another championship.”

Brandon Sookro grew up playing minor hockey in Nelson and after two seasons playing Junior A in Saskatchewan, will return to the West Kootenay for the 2017-2018 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season with the Selkirk College Saints. (photo courtesy Notre Dame Hounds)

Sookro will be looked upon to help fill some of the offensive production that has been lost due to the graduation of players like Ryan Edwards, Dallas Calvin and Matt Martin.

“Brandon is a very good skater who has a great shot and great hockey sense,” says Heaven. “We’re pleased to have another locally raised player in the line-up who we can look to for offensive production.”

Both players will be working towards helping the Saints return the BCIHL championship trophy to the West Kootenay.

“This upcoming season I hope to be able to bring enthusiasm and extreme effort in my play, trying to earn the respect of the fans and other players,” says Kerner. “With my ability to play both the grind and skill game, I feel like I can be an asset in helping the team win games this year.”




2017/05/08: Selkirk College Saints Keep Focus on Work Ethic
2017/04/25: Selkirk College Saints Add Experience at Both Ends of the Ice
2017/04/18: Selkirk College Saints Keeping It in the Family
2017/04/10: Selkirk College Saints Celebrate Season’s Achievements
2017/03/14: Selkirk College Saints’ Drive for Five Comes to Sudden End


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