Braves bring back Michael Bay as Head Coach

  (SPOKANE, Wash.) – The Spokane Braves will have a new, but familiar face behind their bench for the 2024-25 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season. Michael Bay is returning as he last coached the Braves in the 2019-20 season leading them to a third-place finish in the Neil Murdoch Division with a record of […]

Neil Murdoch Division Award Winners

  Each year, the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League presents seven awards for on-ice excellence: Most Valuable Player, Top Scorer, Top Defenceman, Top Goaltender, Rookie of the Year, Most Sportsmanlike Player and Coach of the Year. Winners are named from the four divisions prior to the start of KIJHL Playoffs, with overall league award winners […]

Top Shelf – The KIJHL podcast for Feb. 16

Welcome to Top Shelf – The KIJHL podcast. This Week on Top Shelf,  Emanuel Sequeira talks with the Hudl Instat Forward of the Week Gage Parrell of the North Okanagan Knights and Spokane Braves 20-year-old freshman, Karsen Kendall. Leading off the episode, Emanuel talks with Alex Smith of the Sicamous Eagles about his two seasons […]

The KIJHL Notebook: Team goal leaders

  Who doesn’t like goals? This week’s KIJHL Notebook highlights each team’s top snipers. Before getting into that, on Tuesday night, the Creston Valley Thunder Cats gave the goal judge plenty of work in a 14-3 victory over the Spokane Braves. Austin McLean was credited with the eventual winning goal as he scored to give […]

The KIJHL Notebook – Goalie tandems

  Spokane Braves goalie Andrew Tworkowski has played the most minutes of any KIJHL goalie at 1,766 and has faced the most rubber – 1,482 shots. The next closest to Tworkowski is Osoyoos Coyote Hunter Arntsen who has faced 1,699 shots. What’s even more impressive about Tworkowski’s play is his save percentage – .911, while […]

The KIJHL Notebook: Team defence

  On Saturday, Jan. 27, Daniel Wittenberg (Revelstoke Grizzlies), Raphael Eloe (Spokane Braves), Anmol Garcha (Princeton Posse) and Nolan Kelly (North Okanagan Knights) all scored hat-tricks. It’s the third time this season that four players have scored three goals in a day.  The second time was on Jan. 5 when Kobe Mason (Columbia Valley Rockies), […]

Garcha, Chakrabarti & Tworkowski named KIJHL 3 Stars

    Anmol Garcha (Princeton Posse), Max Chakrabarti (Creston Valley Thunder Cats) and Andrew Tworkowski (Spokane Braves) have been selected the Hudl Instat Kootenay International Junior Hockey League 3 Stars of the Week for the period ending Jan. 28/24. Garcha – Top Forward – The Sherwood Park, Alta., product had five goals and three assists […]

The KIJHL Notebook: Team play

This week’s KIJHL Notebook focuses on the recent performance of teams, coaches talking about standout players and the impact that some trade deadline pick ups have had on their respective teams.   Eddie Mountain Division The Fernie Ghostriders have won seven of their last 10 games since the Christmas break and have been led offensively […]

The KIJHL Notebook: January leaders

  It’s the final stretch drive as the KIJHL 2023-24 regular season wraps up in a month. This week’s KIJHL Notebook focuses on the top point producers and goalies for each team in January.  Eddie Mountain Division Not only has Taylor Haggerty led the Fernie Ghostriders with five goals and five assists in six games, […]

Top Shelf – The KIJHL podcast for Jan. 5

  Welcome to Top Shelf – The KIJHL podcast. This Week on Top Shelf, the Hudl Instat Goaltender of the Week is Josh Hager of the North Okanagan Knights. Emanuel Sequeira talks with him and Golden Rockets forward Dominic Fiorentino. Mark Berry has a great conversation with the “Voice of the Spokane Braves”, Greg Rentz […]