Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Past Nitro's: Matt Wilkins

Matt Wilkins last suited up for the Nitro's in the 2008-09 season. That year he scored 31 goals and 61 points in 42 games. He also logged 122 PIM. He played in 10 playoff games that year scoring three goals and 10 helpers.

This year Matt played for Union College in the NCAA. He played in 40 games, scoring six times with 14 helpers.You can also find him on Twitter.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Past Nitro's: Kevin Ross

Kevin Ross is a defenseman who last played for Kimberley in 2006-07. He played in 50 games that year scoring 6 goals with 30 assists. In the playoffs that year, he had one goal and five points during seven games.

This season, Kevin was a member of the Princeton University Tigers. This was supposed to be his senior year, but he did not play due to an injury received, it seems, during the 2012-13 season. But he still received honors on the all-academic team this season. Prior to his injury he was an assistant captain.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Past Nitro's: Tommy Latouche-Gauvin

Tommy played three seasons with the Dynamiters, averaging 1.36 points per game. His last season was in 2007-08, he played in 52 games, scored 44 goals, and had 40 helpers.

This season he played for the Dunkerque Corsaries (Dunkirk Pirates) in Division 2 league in France. In 26 games, he scored 22 goals and added 10 helpers.

The following is a clip of Tommy scoring:

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Past Nitro's: Kyle McLachlan

Kyle only played one year in the KIJHL. He split the season between Golden and Kimberley, finishing the season here. He played 22 games with the Nitro's scoring five goals and adding seven helpers.

This season, Kyle played in a couple of games for the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns. He played four games and did not get onto the score sheet. He was -2 over those four games, even though his team was outscored 23-9.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Past Nitro's: Dustin Donaghy

Dustin Donaghy played for the Dynamiters in the 2005-06 season. He played in 47 games that year, scoring three goals and 17 points, while adding 137 PIM. He also played in 13 playoff games that season, scoring once and adding 32 PIM.

This year, Dustin played for the Wichita Thunder of the Central Hockey League. He has played there for 3.5 seasons. This season he played in 64 games, scoring six goals and 13 points.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Kimberley Dynamiters 2014/15 Schedule Download

The KIJHL has released the 2014/15 schedule. The image below is the Dynamiters schedule. I've also created the schedule so that it is available for download and is a public calendar, that way it can be added to your iCal or Google Calendar (or whatever else you use).


Saturday, 12 July 2014

Interview with KIJHL Lineswoman Cydnie

I recently had the chance to meet with KIJHL lineswoman, Cydnie. She has been lining in the KIJHL for four seasons, and has been officiating hockey for over six years, including at the national women’s level.

I was curious how she got into officiating, and curiously she didn’t express interest initially. A colleague signed her up, and as they say, the rest is history.

I asked her 20 questions over lunch and here are her summarized answers (actually it was 12 questions, and my random thoughts are in brackets):

Where do you officiate in the KIJHL?
The Eddie Mountain Division; Kimberley, Creston, Fernie, Invermere and sometimes Golden.

Where is your favourite place to officiate?
Kimberley for the large ice surface (excellent answer I might add). Creston for lighting, and Fernie for the environment.

What was your favourite moment this past season?
Lining the Kootenay Conference Final games in Creston.

How does one get selected for officiating at the conference finals?
Based on a ranking system. Linesmen and referees are watched at most games and evaluated. Based on their performance throughout playoffs they are chosen for certain assignments.

What has been your favourite moment officiating?
Reffing Bronze Medal at the “Junior Women’s Hockey League” playoffs.

What were some of the funniest things you saw this past season?
There was an official who tripped over a banner. Another official forgot to bring their hockey pants so they had to ref in dress pants. There was another official who didn’t realize they forgot their whistle until they tried to make their first call. As for the player side, there are some good one-liners (but she wouldn’t share any specifics! Darn).

What are some of the scariest things you saw this past season?
Any hit from behind, especially when the player is unsuspecting and close to the boards. She also had to fill in for a female ref who took a puck to the face. There was blood everywhere. The result ended up being a broken nose, a split lip, and a few stitches!

What’s it like being a female linesmen going into scrums (and I noted that I believe Cydnie could beat me up in a parking lot fight)?
Exciting (I will admit I didn’t expect that). The high point to games is breaking up scrums.

What’s it like escorting players to the penalty box?
Sometimes that’s when the weirdest conversations happen. The pesky players (that I expected to be the worst to talk to) are the most laid back and easy to talk to because they are in a pesky role and have different personalities when not in play.

What is it like being a female official in a male dominated sport?
The first month is always an adjustment with the new players, after that the respect is there. It’s also a proud accomplishment to define the odds.

Do the fans yelling in the stand ever get to you?
The fan fights are really the only thing that will actually reach us at ice level.  They disrupt the flow of the game because we have to stop play for it to be dealt with. They distract everyone’s attention from the ice level to the stands. For the most part, you don’t hear fans on ice level during the game, just during warm up.

Have you had any encounters with fans after a game?
There is always that fear that someone is waiting on the other side of the door after a game, but most fan encounters have been positive.  In addition being on the lines, you tend to be the “good guy”.

And those fan encounters, Cydnie, just might change when you start refereeing in the KIJHL, you won’t be the “good guy” anymore.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Dynamiters First Game of 2014/15 Season will be against the Creston Valley Thundercats

The KIJHL is slowly releasing their 2014/15 schedule. The first game, also a home game for the Dynamiters is on Saturday, September 13 at 7pm.

The Nitro's will be facing off against the Creston Valley Thundercats, who miraculously came back in game seven of the division finals in this past season's playoff series.

Needless to say, there will be a lot of emotion out on the ice for this division rivalry game.

Just a reminder to pick up your season tickets, so you can catch the action!

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Past Nitro's: Mathew Foster

Mathew Foster last played for the Dynamiters in 2009-10. He scored 40 goals, the most by any player that year, adding 28 assists. He also played in 10 playoff games, scoring 4 goals and 6 assists.

This past year, Mathew played for the University of Alberta-Augustana Vikings (The Augustana campus for the University of Alberta located in Canmore). This season he played in 29 games, scoring 11 goals and adding 22 assists. He also played five games in the playoffs, scoring four goals with three assists.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Past Nitro's: Rick Soo

Rick Soo played one season for the Dynamiters, not even that, he played 18 games with the North Oakanagan Knights before joining the Dynamiters for the remainder of the 2010-11 season. Rick played in 31 games registering 12 goals and adding 17 assists, plus 72 PIM. He played in four playoff games, scoring one goal and adding eight penalty minutes.

This past season he played in the Asia League Ice Hockey, for the China Dragon. He played in 42 games scoring five goals and 26 assists. His plus/minus was -100 (probably just a statistical error, I hope).

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Kimberley Dynamiters Season Tickets Are On Sale!!!

$185 for an adult (18-64)
$145 for a senior (65+) or a student (13-18)
$95 for a child (5-12)

There is also a family bundle. Two adults and two children for $465. Pretty much that second child is free.

Season tickets are available at Sprout Grocery or at Kimberley City Bakery

Pick 'em up before their gone!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Past Nitro's: Jordan Revie

Jordan Revie played two seasons for the Dynamiters, last playing in the 2011-12 season. That year Jordan scored 19 goals, had 37 helpers in 48 games.

This past season Jordan played for the Canmore Eagles, playing in 56 games, scoring 20 times, and had 24 assists. He added three points in nine playoff games.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Past Nitro's: Colton Vannucci

Photo from Drumheller Mail
Colton is a speedy winger who played a single season for the Dynamiters in 2011-12. That year he had 27 goals and 48 assists in 49 games.

This year Colton played for the Drumheller Dragons. He played 56 games, scoring 20 goals and adding 43 assists.