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Knights Pull Major Upgrade

Knights pull major upgrade

The KIJHL North Okanagan Knights have vastly improved all three phases of their game.

Determined to better last year’s 15-win season, Bryant Perrier put on some major highway kilometers off-season recruiting.

And the head coach/GM of the North Okanagan Knights likes what he sees as the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League approaches.

“We’ve drastically improved our team, from the goaltending out,” said Perrier. ” We took a different approach with our recruiting and I went to Alberta. We looked in our backyard first and we knew we had to improve our scoring and get some puck-moving d-men, players with a high hockey IQ, and we’ve done that.”

The Knights open the Junior B season Friday night in Princeton versus the Posse, and Perrier’s got piles of paperwork to sift through with 26 players still in camp, including nine returnees.

Perrier brought in three prize 17-year-old prospects from the Okotoks Midget Oilers program but he had to file inter-provincial transfer appeals with B.C. Hockey. He is confident all three appeals will be approved, but centre Ben Jossinet, left winger Jaryd Hibbert and blueliner Jason Scheible may not be in the lineup Friday.

The Knights’ home opener goes Saturday at 7:30 p.m. against the Sicamous Eagles at Nor-Val Sports Centre.

Dean Whitcomb of Prince George, Jaden Hay of Grindrod and Brady Marzocco of Armstrong are returnees expected to jump-start the offence.

Whitcomb rang up 19 goals and 37 points for the goal-challenged Knights last season, while Marzocco produced 20 goals and 36 points and Hay compiled 14 goals and 29 points in just 37 games.

Vernon’s Jason Shaigec is back on the back end after a 17-point rookie campaign. The other returnees are d-men Jeff Schinkler of Peachland, Drayton Martin of Kelowna and forwards Carl Main and Riley Swiscoski, both of Vernon, and Levi Harris of Oliver.

The Knights parlayed a hat trick from rookie Alec McLeod (Calgary Midget Royals) in a 7-1 ambushing of the Eagles Monday night in Sicamous.

Hay, with a deuce, Quebec rookie Justin Miron and Main had the other goals in front of first-year goalie Zach Willms of Camrose.

Kyle Sherwood of Vernon, Scheible and Tyler Olsen of Calgary supplied snipes as North Okanagan dispatched the Eagles 3-0 Sunday night at Kal Tire Place in Vernon. Willms and Nick Ewanychuk of Calgary shared the shutout.

The Knights stopped the Kamloops Storm 3-1 Friday night in Vernon on goals from Brett Wilson of Summerland (2) and Miron. Willms and Ewanychuk were in the crease.

The Knights released hustling Armstrong Midget Tier 4 forward Matt Dolinar and Wyatt Kelly of Kelowna.

Graham Watkins and Liam McOnie, both former Knights, are the assistant coahes.

“Liam will be our goalie coach while he works for Eli Wilson,” said Perrier. “We hope to have Liam come in and work with our goalies at least twice a month.”

The Knights, who were swept by the Osoyoos Coyotes (one overtime game) in the first round of last year’s playoffs, play six times in September with October their busiest month with 10 tilts.

The Knights are tentatively scheduled to play Kamloops on Saturday, Nov. 18 at the new $20 million Quesnel Arena. Quesnel used to have a franchise in the B.C. Hockey League.

North Okanagan hosts the Kelowna Chiefs Friday, Dec. 22 before taking a Christmas break.

North Okanagan Knights Set To Open Their 2017 Exhibition Schedule

North Okanagan Knights Set To Open Their 2017 Exhibition Schedule

The North Okanagan Knights will open their 2017 exhibition schedule on Wednesday, August 30th at the Kamloops Storm.  Game time is 7:00 pm.  The game will played at the Memorial Arena.

Friday, September 1st, Kamloops travels to Vernon at Kal Tire Place to take on the North Okanagan Knights.  Game time is 7:00 pm.

Sunday, September 3rd, the North Okanagan Knights host the Sicamous Eagles at Kal Tire Place in Vernon.  Game time is 7:00 pm.

Monday, September 4th, the North Okanagan Knights will travel to Sicamous to take on the Eagles.  Game time is 7:00 pm.

This will conclude the Knights 2017 exhibition schedule.

The Knights will start their 2017/2018 KIJHL Regular Season on Friday, September 8th when they travel to Princeton to battle the Posse.  Game time is 7:00 pm.

The Knights will return home 24 hours later for their home opener at the Nor-Val Arena in Armstrong.  They will host the Sicamous Eagles.  Game time is 7:30 pm.

North Okanagan Knights Announce Their 2017 Main Camp

2017 North Okanagan Knights Main Camp

 

When: August 18th to August 20th, 2017

 

Where: Nor-Val Arena Armstrong, BC

 

The North Okanagan Knights will be holding their 2017 Mains Camp from Friday, August 18th to Sunday, August 20th at the Nor-Val Sports Center in Armstrong, BC.

 

The Knights are looking for any players born from 2001 to 1997 to play in the best junior “B” league in Canada, the KIJHL!  2003 & 2002 born players are also welcome to attend for experience.

 

We will be hosting a Hockey Crossroads Seminar on Friday, August 18th to advise and inform players and parents about their options that are available while pursuing their hockey dreams.

 

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

 

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

Norkies Sign Chris Pedersen From The North Okanagan Knights

Norskies Sign Chris Pedersen From North Okanagan Knights

First Signing of 2017-2018 Season

Thief River Falls, MN | The Thief River Falls Norskies have signed forward Chris Pedersen (6’4 210 lbs. Defenseman, 1999) for the 2017/2018 SIJHL season. Chris is from Calgary, Alberta he played for the North Okanagan Knights of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) Junior B team in 2016/2017. 

Chris is a big, strong, physical, Defenseman that will be hard to play against for opposing teams. He has good hands and an extremely hard shot. With his size and strength, he will be tough in the corners and in front of the net. 

I am extremely excited to become a part of Norskie Nation in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. During my first weekend there they welcomed me with open arms and the staff and community support was incredible.  I can’t wait to experience more when the season begins. 

Overall, the North Okanagan Knights entire organization has helped me immensely. From Coach Perrier and the coaching staff to the volunteers, my billet family (the Sieverts), the management team as well as the community of Armstrong who supports the team, everyone did so much for me and I can’t thank them enough. Best of luck in the upcoming season Knights! 

“We wish Chris all the best in his new adventure in Thief River Falls, said Coach Perrier.  He deserves this opportunity. He has committed himself this off-season and I know Chris will continue to improve and develop as a player.  It was a pleasure to work with Chris. He is a stand up person all the way. We need more Chris Pedersen’s playing for the North Okanagan Knights.”        

Billet families Needed

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 bryantperrier@yahoo.com

Hard Working Off Season For Knights Organization

Hard Working Off Season For Knights Organization

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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

  • Excellent recruiting class.
  • Major solidification in the areas of size, goaltending, experience and credentials.
  • Ability to retain assistant coach Liam McOnie, Graham Watkins and Trainer Jake Keller.
  • Excellent Ownership (Dean, Mynah & Dallas Keller) in place.
  • Solidification and systematization of business practices and procedures.
  • Two players signed at the Junior “A” level.  One in the AJHL and one in the SIJHL.
  • Eight players attending BCHL Main Camps in August.
  • Fitness and weight training facility.
  • Knights private coach liner making travel even more comfortable.
  • First class dressing room area.
  • Beautiful home arena, The Nor-Val Arena..
  • Excellent community support in the area of sponsorship and boosters.
  • Addition of select billet families who have the vision for success of the organization.

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

Thank You

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