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Thank You To Our Billets

Thank You To Our Billets

Thank You Billets

 

The Ownership, staff and players of the North Okanagan Knights would like to thank the many people who have taken members of the club into their homes this year.

 

We would also like to thank those who have billeted in the past.

 

Our organization works incredibly hard to make sure our players are in good and supportive homes.

 

We currently have a tremendous group of people who are caring for our team’s players. In the hockey world, happy and well cared for players will always prosper. Our current players are very fortunate to have the caring and support they are getting from their billet homes.

 

Our team is progressing in a very positive way. The work of our organization and our billets has been instrumental in the process.

 

Once again, we thank you so very much for what you are doing for our team.

 

With Great Respect,

 

The North Okanagan Knights

Thank You To Our Sponsors

 Thank You To Our Sponsors

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The North Okanagan Knights would like to say thank you to all of the organization’s sponsors.

 

We would also like to encourage our sponsors to feel free to provide feedback and ideas to the organization.

 

You are a vital and invaluable part of our day to day operations and we could not do this without you. We also commend you for your contributions and exceptional support of the community at large.

 

Their contribution to the community of Armstrong is exceptional.

 

Thanks again!

 

The North Okanagan Knights

Dear Knights Supporters

Dear Knights Supporters,

Thank you very much for your support of the Knights program. Many of you are parents, family and friends of players or members of the association. Others are supporters of the program and some are hockey fans in general.

Regardless of your reasons for following our club, we are thankful that you do.

As you have noticed, our website is slowly improving with information and we simply could not begin to keep up with sending everything out to all of you regularly. As well, in today’s information age, we are aware that many of you are inconvenienced by a large number of emails. Therefore, we will be using this update feature for special circumstances and special occasions.

We encourage you to utilize our website for information. Our news contributors and administrators are working hard to ensure that it is well stocked with valuable information.

Website address is:  northokanaganknights.org

We would like to thank you, once again, for your interest in our club and would like to encourage you to continue to follow our club. When I say ‘our’, I mean the club that belongs to all of us – including you, our supporters and fans.

Sincerely,

Bryant Perrier

GM/Head Coach

North Okanagan Knights

Knights Prospects Camp A Great Success

The North Okanagan Knights Prospects Camp was a very busy three days. The camp opened on Friday morning and concluded on Sunday afternoon. The camp was a three day event, with a variation of skill drills in the practice, small area games and cross ice games. To conclude, the traditional All-star game on Sunday afternoon.

“It was a different venue for this camp, said Head Coach Bryant Perrier. We got more creative in our thinking on how we wanted to evaluate the players. My Assistant Coaches and I were on the ice with the teams Friday morning running skill development practices. In the afternoon we had the teams play cross ice 3v3 and then full ice 3v3. Saturday, we had the teams play in a round robin tournament 3v3 cross ice and full ice 4v4 in the afternoon. Sunday was 4v4 full ice and in the afternoon we selected two All- Star teams to play 5v5.

We received a ton of positive feedback from the parents and players on how we organized the format for this particular camp. The players really had a lot to fun and they all competed hard. That is something our evaluators wanted to see and we exposed the players by playing in confined spaces on the ice and tight areas. We took the time and space away from the players, so now you can really see who thinks the game quicker and faster. You now see who can pass both on the forward and backhand. You see who can protect the puck and play keep away. Who can see who makes plays and who competes every shift said Perrier. It was exciting to watch from a coaching stand point.”

It was the largest Prospects camp the Knights have hosted in their two years under the new Ownership and Coaching staff. Participating were 68 players from all over the Province of BC, 15 players from Alberta, 5 from Saskatchewan and a hand full from the US. “Our local support and turn out was unreal said Perrier. We had approximately 30 players from Armstrong and the surrounding area.”

Approximately 15 players were invited back to the Main Camp in August which will take place in Armstrong at the Nor-Val Arena.

Check the Knights website in the next couple of weeks for the posting of this information at www.northokanaganknights.org

North Okanagan Knights Prospects Camp Registration Is Still Open

Knights Prospects Camp registration is still open

The North Okanagan Knights will be hosting their 2017 Prospects Camp this weekend at the Nor-Val Arena in Armstrong, BC.  The camp will run for three days starting on Friday, March 24th and running through to Sunday the 26th.

“So far we are pleased with the numbers of registrations that have been coming in said Head Coach and GM Bryant Perrier.  The goaltending position is now full, so we are not accepting any more at this time.  However we still have positions open for Defenseman and Forwards.  We are looking for any players born from 2001 to 1997.  2003 and 2002 born players are also welcome to attend for experience said Perrier.”

We will have scouts in attendance from the BCHL.

Sign up is now open.  Please visit the North Okanagan Knights website at www.northokanaganknights.org to register for our 2017 Prospects Camp.

For more information contact GM/Head Coach Bryant Perrier at bryantperrier@yahoo.com 

 

Our Deepest Appreciation

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Thank you So Much!

The North Okanagan Knights Organization would like to take this time to thank everyone involved with our Hockey Club over this past season.

We would like to thank all our volunteers for their tireless efforts and hard work.

We would like to thank all our billet families for taking these young men into your homes and caring for them the way you do.

We look forward to working with everyone again next season.

Our deepest appreciation,

North Okanagan Knights Hockey Organization.

Knights Honour Greene

Knights Honour Greene

Vernon minor hockey grad Layne Greene was a double winner at the North Okanagan Knights year-end awards banquet

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Layne Greene

Outgoing captain Layne Greene was a double winner as the North Okanagan Knights honoured their finest Saturday afternoon in Armstrong.

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League team chose the 20-year-old Vernon product as their MVP and Best Defenceman at their year-end banquet.

Greene led by example hustle, desire and grit and pocketed five goals and 22 points. He and alternate captains Jack Berger and Drayton Martin were recognized as Knights of the Round Table.

Forward Carl Main was selected as Uusung Hero. The Vernon minor hockey grad rang up six goals, 11 points and 83 penalty minutes.

Levi Harris of Oliver was Most Improved Player, while Logan Morris of Prince George and Luke Harvie of Lethbridge shared the Top Academic award.

The Knights were swept by the Osoyoos Coyotes in Round 1 of the playoffs.. Their entire roster, except Greene, is eligible to return next season.

Meanwhile, Vernon’s Brett Jewell had 1+1 as the Merritt Centennials upended the West Kelowna Warriors 6-5 in Round 1-opening B.C. Hockey League playoff action before 1,124 fans Friday night at Royal LePage Place.

The Warriors announced they would be staying in West Kelowna and not moving to Delta, as proposed a month ago. Quinn Foreman earned 2+2 for the Warriors.

Luke Santerno pocketed 1+2 as the Trail Smoke Eaters dispatched the Salmon Arm Silverbacks 4-2 before 2,014 fans at Cominco Arena.

Knights End Year With OT Loss

Knights End Year With OT Loss

KIJHL: Osoyoos Coyotes sweep North Okanagan for second year in a row.

Bryant Perrier lost his voice so he left the post-playoff speech to assistant coaches Graham Watkins and Liam McOnie.

The message was simple: Don’t hang your heads. Come back next year stronger, fitter and more committed.

Perrier, who signed a three-year deal as bench boss of the North Okanagan Knights, was content with his youthful team’s showing in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.

The Knights, who only lose 20-year-old captain Layne Greene of Vernon to graduation, lost 3-2 in overtime to the Osoyoos Coyotes Tuesday night at Nor-Val Sports Centre. The Coyotes, who topped the Okanagan Division 43 points ahead of the Knights, swept the first-round, best-of-seven playoff series.

“The talk we heard from Osoyoos was that as this series went on, we got tougher to play against,” said Perrier. “we consumed a lot of energy in the first game when we struggled (8-1 loss), but we cut their shot count way down in Game 4. Osoyoos had three rookies in their lineup. Give them all the credit. They’re a championship team; if they can hold it together, they can win the whole league.”

League MVP Colin Bell, a 19-year-old Terrace product, corralled a fluky bounce off the back dasher and beat Daniel top shelf at 9:38 of overtime before 175 fans in Armstrong. Judd Repole and Daniel Stone drew assists.

“It was a terrific Game 4,” said Perrier. “We had nobody quitting. Everybody worked hard. We finished things off strong and we finally have a base here; the team is in good shape. We made the playoffs back-to-back after missing them for three season.”

The Knights lost veteran d-man EJ Shaw and crafty centre Logan Geefs at Christmas for personal reasons, and Perrier said it was impossible to replace that high-end talent. He and his staff have brought academics and community involvement up to higher levels, enhancing the team’s image big time.

The Knights will expect more offence next year. They scored just 119 goals, fifth worst in the 20-team Junior B loop. Brady Marzocco of Vernon was the team’s leading scorer with 21 snipes and 37 points. Whitcomb, with 19 goals, and Jaden Hay of Grindrod, with 14 despite missing a dozen games, were the only Knights in double-digit scoring.

Kyle Sherwood of Vernon and Dean Whitcomb of Prince George handled the Knights’ offence Tuesday night. Repole, game star for Osoyoos, and Austin Steger provided the other Coyote snipes.

Osoyoos outshot North Okanagan 33-27. It was 1-0 Coyotes after one period and 2-1 Knights after 40 minutes. The Coyotes went 2-for-3 on the powerplay, the Knights 0-for-5.

The Coyotes will meet either the Summerland Steam or Kelowna Chiefs in Round 2. That series was square at 2-2 going into Thursday night in Summerland.

Knights Make Play-offs

Knights Make Play-offs

posted Feb 21, 2017

Last game of the regular season. On the road with a playoff berth on the line.

The North Okanagan Knights handled the pressure with poise, brushing back the Princeton Posse 4-2 before 250 fans Saturday night.

The Knights clinched the fourth and final playoff spot in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Okanagan Division.

They open a first-round best-of-seven series Friday night in Osoyoos against the first-place Coyotes, a team the Knights tied a week ago.

North Okanagan finished at 15-29-2-1, three points ahead of the Posse. The Knights will not play the remainder of a game versus the Summerland Sting suspended Dec. 2 due to a blown transformer at Nor-Val Sports Centre.

Summerland was leading 4-1 with 4:01 left in the second period when the lights went out.

Grindrod’s Jaden Hay scored twice as the Knights enjoyed period leads of 2-1 and 4-2 in Princeton. Hay  finished with 14 goals on the year.

The Knights obtained the 18-year-old veteran centre in a November trade for 17-year-old prize prospect Matthias Urbanski.

“He’s (Hay) done everything we’ve asked for and more,” said Knights head coach/GM Bryant Perrier. “He’s responded in a big way.”

Levi Harris, with his fourth, and Dean Whitcomb, with his 19th, also tallied for the Knights, who converted three powerplay goals.

“That was probably the best we’ve played all year,” said Perrier. “We have a young team but now it’s a case of maturity. We’re clearly the underdog against Osoyoos and we love it, but that last game with them was good. Some fans in the coffee shops here said it was the best they’ve ever seen the team here play.

“I told the kids it’s not how you start the playoffs, it’s how you finish them. They should feel good about making the playoffs, especially on the final night of the regular season.”

Lane French, with his first of the season, and Rylan Douglas, with his second, answered for the Posse.

Knights captain Layne Greene was awarded a penalty shot in the third period after being pulled down by Douglas. Greene unleashed a knuckler easily handled by Princeton goalie Jason Mailhiot.

Daniel Paul recorded 38 saves for his eighth win of the season.

Knights End Posse Season

Knights End Posse Season

Princeton Posse hosted North Okanagan Knights February 18th at Princeton Arena for their final regular season game. The Posse needed to win this match in order to have a chance at capturing the final playoff spot in their division. A loss the previous night to Summerland left Princeton one point behind the Knights who ended up in an overtime tie with Osoyoos February 17th.

The Knights pounded Princeton from the opening face off and scored their first goal at 16:45 of the first period. Jaden Hay got the point with help from Cameron Welch and Dean Whitcomb. The Knights extended their lead with a power play goal at 14:39 (Levi Harris from Chris Pedersen and Jason Shaigec). Princeton snuck in a goal at 1:51. The power play marker was credited to Lane French with assists going to Drew Carter and Kole Halvorson.

The second period saw Princeton start to unravel partway through collecting penalties and giving the Knights several power play opportunities. North Okanagan took advantage of one scoring at 19:46 to take a 3-1 lead. Jaden Hay got the goal with Cameron Welch earning an assist. The Posse bounced back at 15:32 scoring a power play goal of their own. Rylan Douglas scored the goal with help coming from Chad Kimmie and Morton Johnston. The Knights made it 4-2 with another power play goal at 5:34. Dean Whitcomb was credited for it along with teammates Jaden Hay and Cameron Welch who both received assists.

The third period saw more missed opportunities with goalies out of position or without sticks. At 5:46 Rylan Douglas of the Posse earned the Knights a penalty shot which was taken by captain Layne Greene. Posse goalie Jason Mailhiot blocked the attempt with his body and was later pulled for an extra man but there was no further scoring.

Final Score: North Okanagan 4, Princeton 2. Shots on Goal: Princeton 40, North Okanagan 36. Penalties in Minutes: North Okanagan 8 for 16-minutes, Princeton 14 for 51-minutes.

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