Player development part of KIJHL experience

Several Wranglers gaining Junior A experience in BCHL

A number of 100 Mile House Wranglers players were called up recently by their British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) affiliates.

Goalie Kristian Stead and forward Luke Santerno were part of the Merritt Centennials lineup for games last weekend, while forwards Donovan Law and Connor Sloan were in the lineup for the Prince George Spruce Kings.

Wranglers coach/general manager Doug Rogers says the moves represent a great opportunity for the players and validate the direction of the Wranglers organization with respect to player development.

To have four players playing in the BCHL just 20 games into our inaugural season says volumes about the quality of players that 100 Mile House has representing the community.”

Wranglers goalie Nathan Warren is affiliated with the BCHL’s Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

Rogers says player development is an integral part of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL), which the Wranglers joined as an expansion club this season.

Although having key players potentially out of the lineup and on the ice for teams in different leagues in the middle of a season may seem like a contrary move in some respects, Rogers says it’s all part of the process.

The point of bringing in young guys is to help develop them for the next level. The way I look at it is if we can get an opportunity for one of our guys at the next level, it produces another opportunity for a kid from somewhere else who wants to come and play Junior B.”

It’s all driven by their hard work; we’re just trying to facilitate it for them and help them find their way.”

The KIJHL is one of three Junior B hockey associations in the province. Along with the KIJHL, top teams from the Pacific Junior Hockey League and the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League compete in the Cyclone Taylor Cup tournament, which decides the top Junior B team in the province. The Wranglers are the newest of 20 Junior B teams in the KIJHL.

The BCHL is a Junior A league that includes 16 teams, mostly located in the southern part of the province with Prince George the northern-most club.

Local hockey fans are also probably familiar with the Prince George Cougars and Kamloops Blazers, members of the Western Hockey League (WHL), a major junior league that includes 22 teams based in Western Canada and the Northwestern United States.

The WHL is part of the Canadian Hockey League, which oversees the highest level of junior hockey in Canada.

 

Just Posted

Work truck stolen from Prime Country Meats along Highway 97 near Lac la Hache

100 Mile RCMP responded to 84 complaints and calls for service during the past week

GoFundMe started after fire leaves Ruth Lake cabin severely damaged

‘The fire hit hard and fast - he lost everything’

Will you be voting for a different federal party than you did in 2015?

The weekly web poll for the 100 Mile Free Press

Capturing everyday life: Verboom brings loose realism to the Showcase Gallery

‘I love that our Cariboo life is real people with real jobs… blue collar, hard-working people’

100 Mile House Fire-Rescue kicks off fire prevention week with open house

“We always want the public to come and see for themselves”

VIDEO: #MeToo leader launches new hashtag to mobilize U.S. voters

Tarana Burke hopes to prompt moderators to ask about sexual violence at next debate

Potent power play paces Canucks to 5-1 win over Detroit

Miller nets a pair as Vancouver wins third straight

UPDATE: British couple vacationing in Vancouver detained in U.S. after crossing border

CBP claims individuals were denied travel authorization, crossing was deliberate

After losing two baby boys, B.C. parents hope to cut through the taboo of infant death

Oct. 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day in B.C.

Cheating husband sues mistress for gifted ring after wife learns about affair

The husband gave his mistress $1,000 to buy herself a ring in December 2017

B.C. massage therapist reprimanded, fined for exposing patients’ breasts

Registered massage therapist admits professional misconduct

B.C. boosts legal aid funding in new payment contract

‘Duty counsel’ service restored in some communities, David Eby says

Rugby Canada helps recovery efforts in Japan after typhoon cancels final match

Canadian players wanted to “give back in whatever small way they could”

Alberta to join B.C.’s class-action lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, distributors

B.C. government claims opioids were falsely marketed as less addictive than other pain meds

Most Read