Summerland Steam prepare for Junior B hockey season

The Summerland Steam are getting ready for another Junior B hockey season.

Summerland Steam

The Summerland Steam are getting ready for another Junior B hockey season and Gregg Wilson, the owner and general manager is expecting a strong performance from the team.

“We have a really good team this year,” he said. “It’s going to be the best year yet.”

Topping last year’s performance will be a challenge for the team.

In the 2015-2016 season, the team had its strongest season to date, with 34 wins, 16 losses and two overtime losses, finishing second in the Okanagan Division, Okanagan/Shuswap Conference of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.

The Steam then went on to defeat the Osoyoos Coyotes in the division finals, but lost to the 100 Mile House Wranglers in the conference finals.

This year, the team will feature 14 returning players.

Coach John DePourcq will coach the team once again. He will be joined by former Steam player Olli Dickson, who will take on an assistant coaching role.

Carter Rigby, a former player with the Kelowna Rockets in the Western Hockey League, will also serve as an assistant coach. Rigby also played for the Bentley Generals in the 2015 to 2016 season as the team won the 2016 Allan Cup.

“Both will be great additions to the team” Wilson said.

The team held its main camp on Friday, Sept. 2, with 30 players participating.

The first exhibition game was at home on Sunday, Sept. 4 against the Princeton Posse. Summerland won that game in a 9-2 decision. Details were not available by press time.

The first regular season game is on Friday, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m. when the Steam host the 100 Mile House Wranglers.

 

Just Posted

Open houses regarding transit between Penticton and Kelowna

The meetings will be held in Summerland, Princeton, Penticton, Peachland and Osoyoos on Dec. 4 and 5

Third fatality in 24 hours on South Okanagan roads

A vehicle incident closed Highway 3 for five hours Monday night

CONTEST: New year, new you

KimXO has partnered with Black Press Media and Third Space for a brand new contest

Summerland couple donates $30,000 to hospital campaign

Donation will go to medical equipment for the Penticton Regional Hospital expansion

South Okanagan Similkameen leading in referendum ballot returns

Pro Rep group offering Nov. 22 information session

VIDEO: B.C. legislature clerk, sergeant at arms suspended for criminal investigation

Clerk of the House Craig James, Sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz on administrative leave

Former NHL player and coach Dan Maloney dies at 68

Maloney coached the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets

Ex-MSU president charged with lying to police about Nassar

Lou Anna Simon was charged Tuesday with lying to police during an investigation

Police looking into two more incidents at private Toronto all-boys’ school

Police and the school have said two of the prior incidents involved an alleged sexual assault

Police aim to prevent retaliation after Hells Angel found dead under B.C. bridge

IHIT confirms Chad Wilson, 43, was the victim of a ‘targeted’ homicide

Otter makes a snack out of koi fish in Vancouver Chinese garden

Staff say the otter has eaten at least five fish

B.C. lumber mills struggle with shortage of logs, price slump

Signs of recovery after U.S. market swings, industry executive says

25% of Canadians still won’t say they use pot, survey says

Statistics Canada poll says Canadians on average were 18.9 years old when they first tried pot.

Canucks’ 50/50 jackpot expected to surpass $1 million

The guaranteed prize for one lucky winner will be $500,000 minimum when Vancouver hosts LA Nov 27

Most Read