Hustle and heart Sets us apart.
Billet Families Needed
Each season the North Okanagan Knights recruit talented hockey players who show great potential to play at the Junior level. In order to take advantage of this great opportunity, the players need families willing to share their homes and become a “Home Away from Home” for them. The importance of a billet family to the Knights organization is immeasurable.
Many of our billet families have done this over many years for many players that have come from all over Canada and the United States. These boys range in age from 16 to 20 will be attending High School, College or University and may hold part time jobs while they live in our community and represent our team while pursuing their hockey dreams.
In most cases, very strong bonds are made between the player and his billet family as well as the player’s family. These relationships will often carry on for years after the player has graduated from the team. Often billet families can be seen following “their” player in his future career in College, Semi-Pro, Pro or the NHL. Our players have proven to be great role models for younger children in the billet home demonstrating hard work and determination to achieve tough goals.
To cover expenses, billet families are paid once a month for each player in their home. Some families have found it easier to house two players as they can travel together and provide company for each other.
Billet families have included two parent families, single parent families and “empty-nesters”. All that is required is the willingness to provide a “Home Away from Home” for a player that has made the commitment to pursue the dream of furthering his hockey career with the North Okanagan Knights.
If you are interested in becoming a billet family or would like more information, please contact Head Coach and General Manager; Bryant Perrier by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
In what could be described as a highly productive off season, the North Okanagan Knights find their organization in a very positive state, heading into the 2017-2018 season.
General manager Bryant Perrier says “the organization is in a very stable place right now, and we are looking to become even more successful and significant as the months go on.”
The present off season, which includes an excellent incoming recruiting class has been a good one for The Knights on ice product.
Other encouraging factors include a renewed sense of commitment from sponsors, community boosters and some infrastructural changes.
“We talk about galvanizing things,” Perrier said. “That means to make things stronger. We have done that. We are a stronger team on the ice, we have had people really step up in the community with being boosters and sponsors, and our ownership has been exceptionally committed to continue to help provide a stable and productive environment.”
The club has even see improvements to some of the day to day components it uses.
“We have a very nice bus for our team to ride in comfort and safety, our arena is one of the best in the league and it looks excellent, and our dressing room and facilities are really comfortable and a great place for our guys.”
Our players have a great facility for fitness at Fitness to Life which is located in Armstrong – allowing the players to work out and condition three days a week.
“We now have a full range of Olympic lifting equipment specific to our team’s needs,” Perrier said. “Squat racks, benches, plyometric equipment and a power lifting platform, as well as free weights. It’s really great.”
All of these improvements are part of the evolution of The Knights becoming a significant organization in the KIJHL scene.
“We value player development, we value helping our players academically and we value being able to provide our players with a first class environment for becoming better players and athletes.”
With a highly productive summer a head, Perrier believes The North Okanagan Knights are in a good place.
“The only way this type of improvement could happen, is if the heart of the organization is healthy, and ours is,” he said. “The key people involved in this organization, and its ownership and sponsors, are great people who want the best for our players and our team.”
“With all of the support we get in our community, it is easy to get enthused.”
All of which is lending itself to a great experience for The Knights players.
“When a player leaves an organization, he is going to remember the way he developed and the way he was challenged. He will ask himself if he got our best as a staff and an organization.”
“Our players get the best this organization can come up with every day. And we are very proud of that.”
Off Season Developments
Thank You To Our 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
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.
The North Okanagan Knights
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.
North Okanagan Knights
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
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 email@example.com
Vernon minor hockey grad Layne Greene was a double winner at the North Okanagan Knights year-end awards banquet
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.