Kimberley native and Dynamiters veteran Jared Marchi is pictured during Game 5 of the KIJHL championship at the South Cariboo Rec Centre in 100 Mile House.

Kimberley native and Dynamiters veteran Jared Marchi is pictured during Game 5 of the KIJHL championship at the South Cariboo Rec Centre in 100 Mile House.

KIJHL: Dynamiters submit bid to host 2017 Cyclone Taylor Cup

With KIJHL set to celebrate 50th anniversary season, Kimberley Dynamiters submit bid to host 2017 Cyclone Taylor Cup

After making a trip to the 2015 Cyclone Taylor Cup in Mission, the Kimberley Dynamiters are hoping to bring British Columbia’s annual Junior B championship back to the East Kootenay.

According to Kathy Merkel, co-treasurer of the Kimberley Dynamiters, the club has submitted a bid to BC Hockey to host the 2017 Cyclone Taylor Cup.

“Next year is the KIJHL’s 50th anniversary and I know we can put on an amazing show,” Merkel said Monday.

“Hockey in Kimberley is huge. To have the opportunity to host an event such as this is huge.”

The Dynamiters submitted their bid application to BC Hockey on April 1. From April 1 to 12, all bids submitted to BC Hockey are reviewed before undergoing a question period.

A final decision by BC Hockey’s Cyclone Taylor Cup Selection Committee is expected to come April 29. It is believed multiple bids to host the 2017 Cyclone Taylor Cup have been submitted from teams around the KIJHL.

Merkel, along with Dynamiters vice-presidents James Leroux and Glen Johnston have been working on the bid to this point.

The Dynamiters previously hosted the 2008 Cyclone Taylor Cup, and by all accounts, it was a smashing success.

“It was great for the team, great for the community and the league,” Merkel said. “It was pretty darn amazing.”

Merkel said the 2008 event had approximately 150 volunteers pitch in time and effort. Should the Dynamiters be successful in their bid to host the 2017 tournament, she believes anywhere from 150 to 200 volunteers will be required to make the event all it can be.

“With us putting this bid in, people are already stepping forward,” Merkel said. “Put our names down, put our names down.

“The hockey history here is huge and Kimberley is well known for having volunteers step forward for hockey events. Everybody opens their doors to welcome folks to Kimberley.

“It doesn’t matter what Kimberley is hosting. It’s always a success.”

With the Kimberley Civic Centre set to undergo lighting upgrades this offseason and having previously had new boards installed since the 2008 tournament, the historic building remains an exciting place to watch junior hockey. Proof of that was seen as recently as Game 5 of the Kootenay Conference championship, in which nearly 1,200 spectators packed into the old barn to watch the Nitros knock off the Beaver Valley Nitehawks and advance to the 2016 KIJHL final.

Host duties for the Cyclone Taylor Cup rotate between each of B.C.’s three Junior B leagues from year to year.

According to BC Hockey, a broad list of factors is reviewed when examining host bids for the Cyclone Taylor Cup, including but not limited to: presented budget, volunteer pool, media, ticketing and sponsorship.

The 2016 Cyclone Taylor Cup is set to be hosted by the Victoria Cougars of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) this coming weekend (April 7 to 10). The 100 Mile House Wranglers earned the right to represent the KIJHL, while the Mission City Outlaws will represent the Pacific Junior Hockey League. Joining the VIJHL champion and host Cougars will be the league’s runner-up and defending Cyclone Taylor Cup champion Campbell River Storm.

The Cyclone Taylor Cup serves as a qualifier for the Keystone Cup — western Canada’s regional Junior B championship.

The 2016 Keystone Cup is set to be hosted April 14 to 17 by the Extreme Hockey Regina Capitals of the Prairie Junior Hockey League, bringing together Junior B champions from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and northwestern Ontario.

Just Posted

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Over 5K jabbed at Interior Health mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics

The clinics have made stops in more than 40 communities since launching last week

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Interior Health COVID-19 cases falling slower than the rest of B.C.

More than a third of provincial cases announced Thursday came from the Interior

Students at Creston Valley Secondary School put together an art installation of a replica residential school room. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)
Creston students create art installation of residential school room

The replica was decorated with a small bed, school uniform, and notes written with pleas for help

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Second dose vaccinations accelerating throughout region: Interior Health

To date, more than 675,000 doses have been administered throughout the region

It happened this week in 1914

June 13 - 19: Compiled by Dave Humphrey from the archived newspapers… Continue reading

Cranbrook Arts has opened the doors of their  new gallery space to the public with their inaugural exhibit, Kootenay’s Best.
‘Kootenay’s Best’ opens Cranbrook Arts’ new gallery

This exhibit has been in the works for the past several months and features the work of more than 50 emerging and established artists from across the Kootenays

FILE – Most lanes remain closed at the Peace Arch border crossing into the U.S. from Canada, where the shared border has been closed for nonessential travel in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. The restrictions at the border took effect March 21, while allowing trade and other travel deemed essential to continue. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Feds to issue update on border measures for fully vaccinated Canadians, permanent residents

Border with U.S. to remain closed to most until at least July 21

A portion of the George Road wildfire burns near Lytton, B.C. in this Friday, June 18, 2021 handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, BC Wildfire Service *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Blaze near Lytton spread across steep terrain, says BC Wildfire Service

Fire began Wednesday and is suspected to be human-caused, but remains under investigation

Blair Lebsack, owner of RGE RD restaurant, poses for a portrait in the dining room, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. Canadian restaurants are having to find ways to deal with the rising cost of food. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Canadian restaurateurs grapple with rising food costs, menu prices expected to rise

Restaurants are a low margin industry, so there’s not a lot of room to work in additional costs

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Fort St. John man arrested after allegedly inviting sexual touching from children

Two children reported the incident to a trusted adult right away

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. An independent vaccine tracker website founded by a University of Saskatchewan student says just over 20 per cent of eligible Canadians — those 12 years old and above — are now fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
At least 20% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated, 75% with one dose: data

Earlier projections for reopening at this milestone didn’t include Delta variant

This undated file photo provided by Ernie Carswell & Partners shows the home featured in the opening and closing scenes of The Brady Bunch in Los Angeles. Do you know the occupation of Mike Brady, the father in this show about a blended family? (Anthony Barcelo/Ernie Carswell & Partners via AP, File)
QUIZ: A celebration of dad on Father’s Day

How much do you know about famous fathers?

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

Most Read