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.”

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Selkirk College Saints Celebrate Season’s Achievements

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APR 10 2017

The official end to the 2016-2017 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League season for the Selkirk College Saints took place last week at the Castlegar Golf Club with the annual awards night that featured recognizing outstanding achievements by individual players.

The Selkirk College Saints hockey program has established itself as the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) gold standard on the ice, but it’s away from the rink where equally impressive feats have been elevated.

At the team’s annual awards night last week, the Saints handed out year-end honours to those players who lead the way during the 2016-2017 season. Though the team fell short of winning its fifth straight BCIHL championship last month, the celebration of achievement was not dulled by the final outcome on the ice. The highlight of the night was when 17 of the 24 players on the team were given an Academic Award.

Seventeen of the 24 Selkirk College Saints hockey players received Academic Awards for their performance in the classroom during the 2016-2017 BCIHL season. Some of those picking up the award included (L-R) Troy Maclise, Jordan Rauser, Derek Georgopoulos, Jonas Horvath, Dane Feeney, Justin Kanigan (assistant coach), Austin Wells, Kyle Wheeler (assistant coach), Gordon Campbell and Brent Heaven (head coach).

“It’s an indicator of the kind of program we have here,” says Saints head coach Brent Heaven. “I’m pleased with what this team accomplished on the ice this season, but I’m extremely proud of what the players are accomplishing off the ice. To see these young men so focused on academics and have so many of them achieve such a high standards is incredible.”

Program Grows Stronger Every Year

Academic Awards are given to those players who achieve a grade-point-average of 3.0 and above in the first semester. Though academics have always been a focus of the program, the previous benchmark was 13 players. The student athletes on the Saints are in a number of different Selkirk College programs from business to trades.

“The guys who come to Selkirk College to play hockey are first and foremost students,” says Selkirk College Athletics & Recreation Coordinator Kim Verigin. “It’s very satisfying to provide these athletes an opportunity to pursue their educational goals while continuing to play a high calibre of hockey.”

Players receiving Academic Awards included: Dallas Calvin, Matt Martin, Troy Maclise, Tyler Kerner, Dane Feeney, Alex Milligan, Mitch Rosko, Derek Georgopolous, Nelson Hurry, Jonas Horvath, Gordon Campbell, Jackson Bruce-Fuoco, Jordan Rauser, Jack Mills, Brady Ward, Austin Wells and Garrett Halls. Other awards handed out on the night were MVP Matt Martin, Top Defenceman Seth Schmidt, Top Rookie Seth Schmidt, Unsung Hero Jack Mills, Coaches Award Ryan Edwards, and Saints Spirit Award Tyler Kerner and Matt Martin.

The Saints honoured the players who have spent three years with the team by giving them their special edition Selkirk College 50th Anniversary jersey. The players graduating from the program include (L-R) Mitch Rosko, Ryan Edwards, Tyler Kerner, Matt Martin and Alex Milligan (who were joined by head coach Brent Heaven).

After winning four straight BCIHL titles, the Saints finished third in the BCIHL regular season and were then eliminated by Trinity Western University in the first round of the post-season. The University of Victoria Vikes were eventually crowned champions.

With recruiting for the upcoming 2017-2018 season already started, the Saints coaching staff are currently busy rebuilding a program that could lose up to 14 players to graduation. With so much to offer potential recruits in terms of educational opportunities, Heaven is confident that the Saints will continue to be a force in the BCIHL.

“What we do on the ice is important and we will be looking to continue with our winning tradition when we start back in September,” says Heaven. “But creating a culture of excellence both on and off the ice will always be the focus, so now the next group coming in can look to this year’s team for inspiration on how to achieve success in the classroom.”

 

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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
2017/03/06: Selkirk College Saints Set for League Semi-Final Series
2017/02/27: Selkirk College Saints Capture Third Straight Win

NO GAMES SCHEDULED

TWU wins series 2-0
March 10th, 2017 at 7:00 PM
 

 
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BOX SCORE
 
TEAM GP W L T TP
Simon Fraser 24 18 4 0 38
Trinity Western 24 16 6 0 34
Selkirk Saints 24 14 9 0 29
Victoria 24 9 14 0 19
Eastern Washington 24 3 20 0 7