New Wave: Golden Rockets

  The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League has an exciting new wave of rookie talent entering the 2022-23 season, which begins on Sept. 23. Leading up to the start of the season, we will highlight those players from each team. Next in the New Wave series are the Golden Rockets. The Rockets finished fourth in […]

Rockets’ Hall signs with MJHL’s Nighthawks

Golden Rockets goalie Levi Hall is moving on to play for the expansion Niverville Nighthawks of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League in 2022-23 season thanks to the work he put in. “His hard work on and off-the-ice helped him become an elite goalie in the KIJHL,” said Rockets Head Coach and GM Chuck Wight. “His […]

Rockets’ Funke signs with ACHA Warriors

  Golden Rocket Connor Funke is excited to continue his hockey career at Indiana Tech University in the American Collegiate Hockey Association with the Warriors and further his education. “I want to thank the Golden Rockets organization and community for my three years as part of the organization,” said Funke, who started playing in the […]

Rockets’ Ballance signs with MJHL’s Nighthawks

  Golden Rockets forward Aidan Ballance is the second KIJHL player to sign with the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s expansion Niverville Nighthawks. Ballance was fourth on the Rockets in points with nine goals and 10 assist in 38 games. He added another three assists in four playoff games. “I had a pretty good year. I […]

KIJHL Playoffs Day 8 recap

March 3, 2022 The opening round of the KIJHL Teck Cup Championships are now complete after the Beaver Valley Nitehawks defeated the Creston Valley Thunder Cats in the seventh, and deciding game, 3-2. Trail product Nathan Dominici scored the winner with 6:11 remaining in the third period, his second goal of the playoffs. The Thunder […]

KIJHL Notebook: Team MVP’s

  Osoyoos Coyotes forward Jack Henderson looks poised to win the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League scoring championship. As the regular season nears completion on Feb. 19, Henderson has a seven point lead on Columbia Valley Rockies rookie Kayde Kinaschuk. While Henderson looks to land the Top Scorer crown, Kinaschuk is battling with Tristan Weill […]

KIJHL Notebook

  The 2021-22 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League regular season wraps up on Feb. 19 and there are still two playoff spots mathematically available. This week’s KIJHL Notebook connects with the leaders of each team to talk about how their respective teams are playing as the season comes to a close.  Eddie Mountain Division Kayde […]

KIJHL Notebook: January goal/assist leaders

  The KIJHL is heading into its final month of the 2021-22 regular season and teams are pushing for playoff spots. This week’s KIJHL Notebook focuses on the leading goal scorer and set up player on each team as of Jan. 24 for this month.  Eddie Mountain Division Rookie Christian Mealey and Cash Regan have […]

KIJHL Notebook: Unsung Heroes

This week’s KIJHL Notebook recognizes the unsung hero on teams. According to, that term first appeared in the mid-1800s, though it has its roots in ancient Greece. They say an unsung hero is a person who has achieved great things or committed acts of bravery or self-sacrifice, yet is not celebrated or recognized. The […]

Officiating gave Love extra ice time and more

Bobby Jo Love is a Kootenay International Junior Hockey League alumni, who is officiating in the Western Hockey League and has made the jump to working games in the American Hockey League. As a defenceman, Love made his debut in the KIJHL at 17 with the Sicamous Eagles in 2013-14 collecting six assists in 32 […]