A number of changes in CIHL for next season

Hazelton Wolverines back for 2013-2014 hockey season.

Hazelton is back in the CIHL for the 2013-2014 hockey season.

This was just one of the changes announced after the CIHL annual general meeting was recently held in Smithers.

“The Hazelton Wolverines met the deadline and have provided all of the necessary credentials and documentation. They will be playing next season,” said CIHL president Ray Hallock of the team that folded at the end of the 2012 season.

“This is good news for the league … the return of the Wolverines makes the existing east/west split continue to work for scheduling.”

The Wolverines may be in but the Omenica Ice of Vanderhoof are no longer part of the senior men’s hockey league. The Ice, who finished with a 6-10-2 record but struggled with finding enough players, informed the CIHL of its intention to fold during the meeting.

As for the product on the ice, the executive voted to do away with the automatic shootout in the event of a tie. By a unanimous vote of executive and player reps, games that end in a tie during regulation time will enter a five-minute, 4-on-4 overtime period before proceeding to the shootout.

“It was something that a player from Kitimat brought forward and something everyone agreed with. From a player perspective, going straight from regulation to a shoot-out isn’t the best way to go, so we’re looking forward to giving the fans that extra entertainment,” said Prince Rupert Rampage defenceman Derek Baker.

Steelheads head coach Tom DeVries said in his time with the team, he has never had to select players to take part in a shootout but felt it was a good decision.

“I think it’s a great idea,” DeVries said.

“I haven’t been in a shootout in two years so I don’t even know what they’re like but I think the fans will like it.”

The 2013/2014 season will include an 18-game schedule with three divisions. The west includes Prince Rupert, Terrace and Kitimat; the central includes Hazelton, Smithers and Houston; and the east includes Quesnel, Williams Lake and Lac La Hache.

The Smithers Steelheads will hold their tryout camp in mid-September.

 

Just Posted

100 years since the surrender of Simon Gunanoot

The famed Gitsxan hunter was a fugitive for 13 years

Smithers celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day

The day included dancing, singing, a moose call contest and a soapberry ice cream tutorial.

UNBC researcher leads study on cannabis-impaired driving

Dr. Russ Callaghan hypothesizes increased motor vehicle collision injuries among young people

Bestselling Indigenous author enlightens Smithers audience on the Indian Act

Bob Joseph is the author of 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act

Scheduled roadwork for June 20 – July 17

Some lane closures expected as Town proceeds with maintenance

Air Canada reviewing how crew left sleeping passenger on parked plane

In a Facebook post, the woman said she woke up ‘all alone’ on a ‘cold dark’ aircraft

B.C. judge defies lawyers and adds six months to man’s sex assault sentence

‘I find the joint submission is contrary to the public interest and I’m rejecting it’

Tiny Yorkshire terrier survives days on remote B.C. island

ROAM rescue crews, family searched for dog, missing in Greater Victoria for days

Man presumed dead after boat capsizes in Columbia River

Search and rescue efforts recovered a life jacket

Crews fight wildfire along Sea-to-Sky Highway

A cause has not been determined, although a downed power line is suspected

PHOTOS: Event marks one year since soccer team rescued from Thai cave

Nine players and coach took part in marathon and bike event to help improve conditions at cave

Rock climber dies after fall at Stawamus Chief in Squamish

The man had fallen about 30 metres while climbing in the Grand Wall area

Five B.C. students taken to hospital after playing with vaping device

School district said students were taken to hospital ‘out of an abundance of caution’

Being a pot dealer is not what it used to be

Sunday Big Read: the business of selling marijuana in B.C. is a slow bureaucratic slog

Most Read