Selkirk College Saints Add Pair with West Kootenay Roots

JUN 21 2017

The countdown to the 2017-2018 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League season is on and the Selkirk College Saints continue to bolster their roster for the upcoming campaign where they hope to return the league championship trophy to Castlegar.

The Selkirk College Saints have added two players with name bars on the back of the jersey that will be familiar to local hockey fans. Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) alumni Patrick Zubick and Tyler Hartman will join the club for the upcoming 2017-2018 college hockey season.

Helping bolster both ends of the rink as they make the jump to the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL), Zubick spent two full seasons in goal for the Castlegar Rebels and Hartman finished his junior career as a valued offensive threat with the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.

Selkirk College Saints recruit Tyler Hartman was a key part of the Beaver Valley Nitehawks team that won the league and Junior B provincial championship last season He will join fellow Kootenay International Junior Hockey League alumnus Patrick Zubick for the upcoming 2017-2018 college hockey season.

“It’s important for our program to be accessible to former KIJHL players,” says Saints head coach Brent Heaven. “While they played junior in this area, both Patrick and Tyler showed they would be excellent additions to the Saints. We’re pleased that both of them have decided to attend Selkirk College and continue on with their hockey careers.”

A Puckstopper with Passion

Zubick grew up in Castlegar and played with the Rebels between 2013 and 2015. The 6’0” goaltender then made the jump to Junior A where he spent two seasons in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League with the Virden Oil Capitals and the Superior International Junior Hockey League with the Dryden Ice Dogs. While with the Ice Dogs, Zubick posted an impressive 21-4-3 record between the pipes.

“I chose Selkirk College because of the combination of athletics and education,” says Zubick, who has enrolled in the School of University Arts & Sciences. “Plus being able to continue playing hockey while getting an education at home was a huge bonus. After talking in person with coach Heaven, it became very apparent that I wanted to be part of what he is building and wanted to be part of continuing a tradition of excellence at Selkirk College.”

Zubick will join a defensive core that will be key as the Saints look to return the BCIHL championship to Castlegar in the upcoming season.

“Patrick is a goaltender that can be relied upon to give the team a chance to win every game,” says Heaven. “He is a fierce competitor who puts the team first and that’s what you need from a goaltender.”

A Proven Champion and Leader

Hartman grew up in Grande Prairie, Alberta and played three seasons with the Nitehawks where he was a valued contributor to three terrific seasons for the KIJHL club. The forward amassed 50 points and added 86 penalty minutes during the 2016-2017 season that saw the Nitehawks win the KIJHL championship, the Cyclone Taylor Cup as the top Junior B team in British Columbia, and earn a silver medal at the Keystone Cup in Manitoba that determines the best team in Western Canada.

“Tyler is a versatile forward with great playmaking and finishing abilities,” says Heaven. “He plays in the dirty zones and always has the team-first response. Tyler will be another championship quality character in the Saints dressing room having recently been groomed through the very successful Nitehawks organization.”

Hartman has enrolled in the Business Administration Program and is looking forward to staying in the West Kootenay for the coming season.

“Selkirk College has great academics and an amazing hockey program,” Hartman says. “I had a couple chances to watch the Saints play this past season and I was impressed with how good the hockey is. I can’t wait to get going and help the team win another championship.”

After winning four straight league championships, the Selkirk College team was ousted by the Trinity Western University Spartans in the league semi-final series this past spring. The Saints begin the 2017-2018 season in September.

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Selkirk College Saints Load Up on Leadership

MAY 28 2017

The Selkirk College Saints continue to build a solid roster for the upcoming British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League season where there is great optimism to return a provincial championship to Castlegar. The two latest commitments have both chosen the Business Administration Program to focus their studies.

A pair of recruits who will suit up for the Selkirk College Saints in the upcoming season share the common goals of bringing back the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) title back to the West Kootenay and striving for excellence in the Business Administration Program.

Brayden McCartney and Parker Sharp join the recruiting class for the upcoming 2017-2018 season where the team will look to return to its championship ways on the ice.

Selkirk College Saints recruit Brayden McCartney will join the BCIHL team at the start of the 2017-2018 academic year after playing last season with the Campbell River Storm. McCartney and Parker Sharp are two of the latest additions to the roster who will be attempting to return the league championship to the West Kootenay starting in September.

“I chose Selkirk College because it’s not in a big city, I prefer a smaller community,” says McCartney, who was raised in Campbell River. “I also like to enjoy the outdoors and the area has a lot to offer. Selkirk College is known to have a very successful hockey program and the educational opportunities will help me pursue my career path.”

McCartney finished his junior hockey career with the Campbell River Storm of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) and before that was the captain of the Comox Valley Glacier Kings. Priding himself on being a shutdown defenceman, McCartney will be looked upon to fill holes on the Saints’ blueline left by players who graduated at the end of the 2016-2017 season.

“Brayden is a strong, tough stay-at-home defenceman who loves to compete and make things difficult for his opponent,” says Saints’ head coach Brent Heaven. “Brayden makes a great first pass and has a very strong team-first mentality, he should bring some much needed edge to our defensive group.”

A National Champion Boosts Offence

Sharp grew up in Grande Prairie, Alberta and played last season with Dakota College at Bottineau (North Dakota) in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) where he helped the Lumberjacks to a national championship.

“Selkirk College has a history of winning and standard of excellence that is unmatched in my opinion,” says the 5’11” centre. “What I will bring to the Saints is a heavy two-way game, excellent work ethic, constructive attitude, scoring ability and most importantly the ability to be a great teammate.”

Parker Sharp helped the Dakota College at Bottineau (North Dakota) to a national championship during the 2016-2017 season.

Sharp will help bolster a Saints’ offence that lost two of the best point producers in the team’s history when Ryan Edwards and Dallas Calvin graduated this past spring.

“Parker is a skilled forward with good speed and a knack for the net,” says Heaven. “He is transferring from the NJCAA so he has had the opportunity to play college hockey at a high level. He should bring strong leadership, as well as drive and desire to win.”

Both McCartney and Sharp will be classmates in the Business Administration Program that is based on the Castlegar Campus. The BCIHL season gets underway in September when classes resume for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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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.

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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.

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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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2017/06/21: Selkirk College Saints Add Pair with West Kootenay Roots
2017/05/28: Selkirk College Saints Load Up on Leadership
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

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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