Selkirk College Saints Annual Skills Camp

January 2- 3, 2019

Click here for more information


Selkirk College Saints Look for Home Advantage in Beaver Valley and Nelson

Nov 26 2018
The Selkirk College Saints hockey team is deep with talent representing a regional crosssection of strong sports communities. In a special two-game set against the Vancouver Island University, the team will be playing in Beaver Valley and Nelson where many of the players of the team honed their skills in junior.

The Selkirk College Saints are spreading their wings across the region this coming weekend for a pair of games in Beaver Valley and Nelson as the team eyes a strong finish to the first half of the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season.

With a strong contingent of former Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) alumni on this year’s roster, the game on Saturday night at the Beaver Valley Arena and Sunday night at Nelson & District Recreation Complex will be a sort of homecoming when they take on the Vancouver Island University Mariners.

The Selkirk College Saints will be playing two of their home games in different West Kootenay communities with action taking place at the Beaver Valley Arena on December 1 and the Nelson & District Community Complex on December 2. The Saturday night game will be a homecoming for former Beaver Valley Nitehawks (L-R) Kadrian Klimchuk, Dylan Heppler, Tyler Hartman, Devin Nemes; (front) Tallon Kramer and Nolan Percival.

“The success we have had as a team over the last few years owes a lot to places like Beaver Valley, Nelson and the other communities in our region,” says Saints head coach Brent Heaven. “It’s a good opportunity to show our brand of hockey to the areas that have helped us produce such a good program.”

Saints Benefit from Strong Regional Partners

This year’s Saints’ squad includes six former Beaver Valley Nitehawks with Dylan Heppler, Tallon Kramer, Tyler Hartman Devin Nemes, Nolan Percival and Kadrian Klimchuk all making the jump to post-secondary hockey after suiting up for the perennial KIJHL powerhouse. Both Percival and defenceman Cole Arcuri grew up playing Nelson Minor Hockey and also started their junior careers with the KIJHL’s Nelson Leafs.

In addition to Nelson and Beaver Valley, a total of 14 of the 21 players on the roster have significant KIJHL experience as former members of the Castlegar Rebels and Creston Valley Thunder Cats. With the top talent in Junior B making the jump to college hockey, one-time rivals are now friends.

Both Nolan Percival (left) and Cole Arcuri (right) grew up playing in the Nelson Minor Hockey Association program and started their junior careers with the Nelson Leafs.

“It’s one of the great aspects of hockey at this level,” says Heaven. “These guys have competed against each other pretty intensely in the past and then all of a sudden they are sitting beside each other in the dressing room. Now they are competing with each other and are good friends, that’s the beauty about the game of hockey.”

The Saints have always mined the region’s best and provided an opportunity for young athletes to pursue their educational goals while continuing to play the game they love.

Former Saints Captain Returns in VIU Jersey

One of the student-athletes who began his post-secondary journey at Selkirk College is Dallas Calvin, a junior hockey standout with the Nitehawks who helped lead the Saints to a league championship during his rookie season in 2016. After three years with the Saints, Calvin transferred to Vancouver Island University at the start of this season where he is completing his degree and currently leading the BCIHL in scoring.

“It’s always a little bit weird to see these guys in a different jersey and coach against them,” says Heaven, who will also watch former Saints Alex Milligan, Tyler Kerner and Jordan Rauser suit up in a Mariners’ jersey over the weekend. “But for these men who get an opportunity to go on and finish their degree, it’s obviously a great situation for them and a great accomplishment for our program. These players have had an impact on that program and are an important part of their success, but when they come here and we play against them… we want to win. We can have some laughs, a hug and handshake when the game is over, but when we are at the rink it will be intense and fiery.”

After a slow start to the 2018-2019 campaign, the Saints (4-3-0-3) have been one of the hottest teams in the league over the last four where they have earned seven of eight points. This weekend’s set against the Mariners (6-4-0-1) will be an important test to end the first semester of play. Heaven says it’s the perfect opportunity for hockey fans in both Beaver Valley and Nelson to check out college hockey at its best.

“It’s high pace and intensity in this league,” says Heaven, who also has KIJHL coaching experience with both the Castlegar Rebels and Creston Valley Thunder Cats. “Both of these teams are very highly skilled, so there should be a lot of really good quality hockey. It will be an enjoyable game to watch and hopefully after this weekend even more hockey fans will come watch this team play in Castlegar when we return home for the second half of the season.”

The puck drops both Saturday (December 1) in Beaver Valley and Sunday (December 2) in Nelson at 7 p.m.



Selkirk College Saints Medical Team of Kanigan and Bzdel Support Health and Wellness

The Selkirk College Saints hockey team is once again benefitting from a unique combination of medical advice and treatment. The duo of Justin Kanigan and Dr. David Bzdel provide the college student athletes with preventative and responsive care throughout the season. The combination of Chinese medicine and chiropractic care keeps athletes healthy and helps them recover from injuries that are a commonplace in the sport of hockey.

Kanigan specializes as a Chinese Medicine Practitioner and provides an overview of the benefits below of how acupuncture has helped some of the student-athletes bounce back from injuries much quickly than usual.

“Many professional sports teams now have acupuncturists on staff to help aid in speeding up healing times and resolving stubborn sports injuries. Acupuncture helps increase blood flow and oxygen at the site of injury. This can dramatically reduce swelling and pain getting them back on the ice faster.

Pain is the most common complaint after a sports injury followed by a reduction in function. The holistic approach of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture is to restore and return the body to its natural healthy state. There’s no magic here, our bodies know what to do, acupuncture stimulates the body’s own healing mechanisms to spring into action.

Because acupuncture restores the body’s natural balance and increases circulation, acupuncture can improve performance and give athletes a competitive edge over the competition.”

An example of Kanigan’s work was seen earlier this year when a Saints’ student-athlete had a moderately sprained ankle. A visit to the doctor resulted in the prognosis of missing four to six weeks of action. After the doctors visit, he was assessed by Kanigan at Kootenay Integrated Health and was given a course of six acupuncture treatments. The player had exceptional results and was able to get back on the ice and playing within three weeks of the injury.

“Being proactive is the key with sports injuries,” says Kanigan. “The sooner you take care of your injuries the better the outcome will be.”

Both Kanigan and Bzdel volunteer their time giving treatments to Saints players before all home games. Many student-athletes use these treatments to reduce performance anxiety and calm the nervous system. Others use this time for maintenance check ups, and to help deal with common injuries such as muscle strains, aches and pains.

About acupuncture, Kanigan provides more explanation.

“Acupuncture is safer and more effective than taking pain killers and anti inflammatory drugs. Often times acupuncture is not thought of as the first line of defense for sports injuries. I believe it is one of the most effective treatments for restoring proper muscle function, reducing inflammation and speeding up healing times in athletes.

Acupuncture is one of the only forms of treatment that causes a physical and physiological change within the body’s tissues. By inserting a needle into damaged tissue, you are stimulating the body to recruit its own natural healing mechanisms. This is why acupuncture is such a powerful form of medicine.”


Selkirk College Saints Look for Spark at Home

Oct 28 2018
After spending two weekends on the road, the student-athletes on the Selkirk College Saints hockey team will return home to the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre on November 2 and 3 for a pair of critical games against the University of Victoria Vikes.

The Selkirk College Saints return to the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre this weekend facing a pivotal two-game set against the University of Victoria in what is clearly a fork in the road for the young British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season.

The Saints spent most of October on the road where the results were less than stellar, losing all four away games in a sampling of four opposition teams. After the opening six games of the regular season, the Saints find themselves in the unusual position of holding a 1-3-0-2 record and looking up in the league standings.

Former Castlegar Rebels sniper and first-year Saints forward Edward Lindsey has been one of the bright spots for the Selkirk College team, currently sitting tenth in league scoring with six points. Lindsey and the Saints return to the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre this weekend (November 2 and 3) for a pair of home games against the University of Victoria Vikes.

“It’s not the start that we wanted and it’s frustrating,” says Saints’ head coach Brent Heaven. “At the same time we are making progress, but it’s just not coming through at the end of the games.”

This past weekend in the Lower Mainland, the Saints headed into Langley for a Friday night contest against defending champion Trinity Western University. Though the Saints jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a Josh Shatford goal, the home side skated away with a 4-1 victory where they registered 42 shots on Selkirk College starter Tallon Kramer.

On Saturday night, the Saints opened the first period against Simon Fraser University with a 2-0 lead on goals by Parker Wakaruk and Dylan Heppler. In the end, the Saints lost 5-4 in overtime in a game that featured 44 shots on starter Patrick Zubick.

Saints Aiming to Get Back on Track

A trademark for the Saints over the last few seasons has been determined work ethic and an offense that peppers opposition goaltenders with shots. So far this season, the Saints have been on the opposite side of that equation with Kramer and Zubick having to face the majority of the rubber in games.

“It’s a culmination of factors at this point,” Heaven says of his team’s struggles. “We are not competing on every puck battle, it seems like we are happy to simply compete but we are not really willing.”

In the first ten games of the 2017-2018 regular season, the Saints blazed out to a perfect 10-0 start on the way to a berth in the championship final this past March. Though Heaven is concerned about this season’s start, the veteran coach is not hitting the panic button.

“I full heartedly believe we can get to the point where we are winning these games,” says the man who guided the Saints to a 2016 league championship. “Ultimately that has to come from the desire within the players. They need to understand what the difference is between a winning team and a losing team, it’s about doing the little things. As a coaching staff, we will continue to work with them and allow them the opportunities to do the job.”

The return to the familiar surroundings of the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre where support from student peers and the community is tops in the league will provide an important boost the team requires.

“We need to get that confidence back and a good place to do that is home,” says Heaven. “We need to take the doubt of our minds and start believing in each other so that we can have success.”

The puck drops both Friday and Saturday night (November 2 and 3) at 7 p.m.

Learn more about the Selkirk College Saints hockey program and join us on Facebook.


2018/11/26: Selkirk College Saints Look for Home Advantage in Beaver Valley and Nelson
2018/10/31: Selkirk College Saints Medical Team of Kanigan and Bzdel Support Health and
2018/10/29: Selkirk College Saints Look for Spark at Home
2018/09/05: Selkirk College Saints Return to the Rink
2018/08/10: Selkirk College Saints Add Bricks to Defensive Core
Regular Season Game
January 4th, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Langley Events Centre
Regular Season Game
December 2nd, 2018 at 7:00 PM

3 - 1
Trinity Western 12 10 1 0 21
Mariners 13 7 5 0 15
Selkirk Saints 12 5 4 0 13
Simon Fraser 11 6 5 0 12
Victoria 12 2 9 0 5