It’s a busy month for the Columbia Valley Rockies, as there are three more home games yet to be played in November. The Kimberley Dynamiters will be in town on Saturday night and the Fernie Ghostriders and Beaver Valley Nitehawks will be the visitors next weekend. The local team is currently tied for third with the Nitros in the Eddie Mountain division and sits just seven points behind the leading Creston Valley Thundercats. This is still an extremely tight division with the Ghostriders only two points ahead in second place.
There are many ways you can support the Rockies as they fundraise for KidSport during the month. The local Subway store is donating sub sandwiches that will be available to purchase for $5 at each of the upcoming Saturday games. The proceeds of the puck toss sponsored by Hair@Aura that takes place between the first and second periods of each game will also be part of the team’s donation. Another way you can participate is by casting your vote to determine if Adam Pulliam (#28) should shave his moustache or not. For those who don’t know, Mr. Pulliam sports a Super Mario-type moustache and for a donation you can vote for a “save or shave.” I wouldn’t worry too much about voting for a shave; Adam will likely grow his ‘stache back in about four days!
Speaking of Adam, congratulations are in order as he has been named the captain of the Rockies. He will be ably assisted by #12 Doan Smith, #15 Jerome Thorne and #17 Ryan Henderson. These young men have demonstrated strong leadership skills and are proud to wear the letters.
The KIJHL held their semi-annual meeting last weekend. Due to the resignation of Milt Crawford, former Fernie Ghostriders president Phil Iddon will now serve as the vice-president representing the Eddie Mountain division.
Another bit of interesting information coming from the meeting is that the referee-in-chief is finding a new process to be quite useful. This season a mechanism has been put in place allowing feedback from the coaching staffs of all teams regarding the officiating of each game. The results have created an overall positive effect across the league providing a generally more consistent level of officiating.
The next cut deadline for the Junior A teams is coming up on Sunday, December 1st. This means that there will be more players available for the Junior B teams. Don’t be surprised to see some new and maybe even some familiar faces you haven’t seen for a while showing up over the next couple of weeks.
Sports memorabilia collectors and Vancouver Canucks fans have a rare opportunity to win a Canucks jersey autographed by the current team’s members. Come down to the Eddie to see how you could win it! The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night.