Dale Hladun (centre), has been selected as the head coach for the Okanagan prospects team. Brendan Kyle Jure photo.

Wranglers coach selected to general Okanagan Prospects team

Dale Hladun will be part of the KIJHL Prospects game for second year in a row

Wranglers head coach Dale Hladun has been selected by the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) to coach the Okanagan team in the prospects game in Kelowna on Jan. 13.

“I’m excited for it and I’m proud of it and it’s quite an honour,” said Hladun.

The prospect game is made up of the school-aged talent in the KIJHL, made up of two teams represented by each conference, Okanagan and Kootenay. The game is a high-profile event allowing players to have a platform in front of scouts from Canadian and American colleges, Junior A and the Western Hockey league.

It’s the second time the league has held the Top Prospects game after an eight-year hiatus.

“I thought it showcased the level of Junior B in our province,” Hladun said.

Hladun was also behind the bench for the Okanagan team created from the ten teams making up the Doug Birks and Okanagan divisions. This time he will be the head coach with assistance from coaches Mark McNaughton and Ryan Parent from Princeton Posse and the North Okanagan Knights.

The deadline for picking the roster is coming up fast but so far, Hladun has no idea who will be selected for his squad yet.

“We got to start going over the rosters here and we got to pick before the Christmas break,” he said.

Frazer Dodd and former player, Brevin Gervais, were named as players in last year’s Okanagan team.

Just Posted

The Rise of Clay Travis

A weekly sports column from the 100 Mile Free Press

What do you think of proportional representation?

Margaret and Derek Barnicoat Forest Grove “We think it’s a great idea.… Continue reading

Dave Mingo: candidate for council of 100 Mile House

The Free Press interviews 100 Mile House council candidates

If not Greyhound, it’s time to consider all options

Weekly editorial for the 100 Mile Free Press

Pulled cattle guards going back in place despite B.C. Interior First Nations moose hunt protest

Forests minister Donaldson and TNG Chief Alphonse discuss situation, agree on path forward, ministry says

Conservation officer frees B.C. deer from flotation gear mishap

BC Conservation Officer Service is reminding residents to keep backyards clear of entanglements

Lions earn stunning 35-32 OT win over Ticats

Epic comeback lifts B.C. past Hamilton in CFL thriller

Czarnik nets 3 as Flames dump Canucks 5-2

Calgary picks up exhibition win over Vancouver

Ottawa to name new ambassador for women, peace and security, Freeland says

Chrystia Freeland also confirmed Canada would spend about $25 million to fund number of initiatives

‘A little bright spot:’ Ottawa residents rescue dog trapped beneath rubble

Freelance journalist says rescue of a dog trapped under rubble was happy ending amid chaos in Ottawa

B.C. deaf community wants different sign languages on federal accessibility act

Advocates also want Indigenous Sign Language to be recognized on the Indigenous Language Act

VIDEO: B.C.-born firefighter remembered by MP in emotional speech

Family asks first responders to look after one another in wake of suicide, growing concerns of PTSD

Airline has ‘close call’ with drone while en route to B.C. airport

Jazz Aviation reported the drone sighting near Vancouver to the RCMP and Transport Canada

Tragic accident claims life of B.C. toddler

Fundraising effort has been created to help mom and family

Most Read