Facility upgrades key to new Border Bruins era

  Last June, a new era of Grand Forks Border Bruins hockey began. It started under the leadership of local physician Dr. Mark Szynkaruk, who assumed ownership of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League organization from the community-owned Grand Forks Border Bruins Association. It was a tough year on the ice in the win column, […]

New Wave: Grand Forks Border Bruins

  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 Grand Forks Border Bruins. The Border Bruins […]

Border Bruins’ Bell joins SJHL Ice Wolves

  Brydon Bell is grateful for everything he gained during his lone season playing for the Grand Forks Border Bruins in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League last season. The Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan product put up 17 points in 36 games as a rookie defenceman and is now joining the La Ronge Ice Wolves in […]

Border Bruins’ Warrack joins MJHL’s Stampeders

  Grand Forks Border Bruin Ray Warrack has signed to play in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League with the Swan Valley Stampeders for the 2022-23 season. Warrack, 19, played one season in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League with the Border Bruins to begin his junior hockey career, and had nine goals and 28 points […]

KIJHL announces 2022 Off-Ice Award Winners

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League is proud to announce a group of four new league awards that will recognize off-ice accomplishments and contributions. The inaugural class of award winners has been selected for the 2021-22 season in the following categories: Community Player of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Broadcaster of the Year and […]

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

As the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League winds down to the completion of its 2021-22 regular season, the KIJHL Notebook digs into what some teams are focused on as they close out their schedules. Also highlighted are the remaining matchups for some teams.   Eddie Mountain Division Columbia Valley Rockies Head Coach Briar McNaney said […]

KIJHL Notebook: Unsung Heroes

This week’s KIJHL Notebook recognizes the unsung hero on teams. According to grammarist.com, 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 […]

KIJHL Notebook: Team Goaltending

Brandon Weare photo/Revelstoke Grizzlies Facebook Page/Matt Timmins Photography   As the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League nears the Christmas Break, the last game before Christmas is on Dec. 19, this week’s KIJHL Notebook focuses on how each team’s goalie tandems have performed.   Eddie Mountain Division The Columbia Valley Rockies have 15 wins and Head […]