Bruno Campese Bringing Stanley Cup to Nelson on October 15

The Stanley Cup victory tour for the Vegas Golden Knights will touch down in the West Kootenay on October 15 with a visit from Nelson-raised Bruno Campese. One of the most legendary trophies in all of sport has been crisscrossing the globe since the Knights defeated the Florida Panthers in June to claim the franchise’s […]

Team Kootenay Chaos claims Provincial SloPitch Championship

The Slopitch Team of women from the West Kootenay recently added their names to the local history books by capturing the SloPitch National Women’s Provincial Championship. Earlier this month, a group of 13 women from Kaslo, Nelson and Warfield, with only a handful of practices under their respective belts, made the journey to Chilliwack to […]


With submissions by the Rossland Curling club Fire has invaded and disrupted – even ended — so many lives recently, in BC and around the world – and so far Rossland has been very fortunate, suffering only a few days of dense smoke.  We can all be grateful for that, even as we send donations […]

KIJHL releases 2023-24 schedule

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League has released its 2023-24 regular season schedule, which begins on Friday, September 22nd with 16 of the league’s 20 teams in action. All KIJHL teams will play a 44-game regular season that includes six games each against divisional rivals, two games against teams from the alternate division within the […]

Smoke Eaters Announce New Trainer

The Smoke Eaters are excited to welcome Emily Michalchuk as the team's new Certified Athletic Therapist & Trainer.   Michalchuk joins the Trail Smoke Eaters for their first season in the BCHL. Emily is a Certified Athletic Therapist, having graduated from Camosun College in 2022. Originally from Victoria, BC, Emily has ...

Smoke Eaters Bolster Blueline With Addition Of Kennedy

The Smoke Eaters are excited to announce the addition of defenceman Jack Kennedy for next season!   Kennedy, from Granby, Massachusetts is coming off a championship season with Avon Old Farms School, winning the Elite 8 title at the NESPAC (New England Preparatory School Athletic Council) Prep tournament. The 18-year-old,...

Dam City to Slay on April Fools Day, Roller Derby Returns to West Kootenay Turf

The Castlegar Dam City Rollers are ready to slay the competition at their 13th anniversary game Saturday, April 1st when they take on the Penticton Pistoleras.   April Fools’ Slay is no joke; it’s a much-anticipated all-ages, family-friendly roller derby smash-up rolling into Selkirk College Gymnasium at full throttle.   “Fans...

Smoke Eaters To Face Vees In First Round OF BCHL Playoffs

The Trail Smoke Eaters are into the BCHL Playoffs, presented by Shaw and their first round opponent and dates have been confirmed. For the second consecutive year the Smoke Eaters will battle the Penticton Vees for a spot in the second round. The series will begin on March 31 in Penticton, with the Vees hosting games one and...

Smoke Eaters Add Potvin From Powell River

 The Trail Smoke Eaters have acquired forward Max Potvin from the Powell River Kings in exchange for Remy Spooner and future considerations. Potvin, a 19-year-old left-shot forward, is in his second season in the BCHL. This season Potvin has recorded 18 points in 27 games. Potvin comes from a long lineage of hockey talent, ...

Smoke Eater Brady Smith Named to NHL Central Scouting Preliminary Watch List

NHL Central Scouting has released its preliminary list of "Players to Watch" for the upcoming 2022/23 NHL Entry Draft with Smoke Eaters defenceman Brady Smith being named to the list. Smith, who is just 17 years old playing in his first year as a Smoke Eater, has been named to the NHL Central Scouting preliminary watch list...

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