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Knights Eye Sweep Of Posse

Posted Dec 9, 2015

Sweep the Princeton Posse and improve their playoff chances by a bunch.

That’s the game-plan for the youthful North Okanagan Knights who turned in a solid Kootenay International Junior Hockey League weekend.

After stopping the Kelowna Chiefs 6-2 Friday night, the rebuilding Knights took the Okanagan Division-leading Osoyoos Coyotes to the limit before falling 2-1 Sunday night at the Sun Bowl.

The Coyotes are the second-best team in the 20-team Junior B loop and have scored 110 goals, second most behind the No. 1. Kimberley Dynamiters.

The Knights, who lost 4-3 to the Coyotes in late October, are fourth in the Okanagan Division at 6-20-1-4, two points ahead of the Posse. The Knights have produced 62 goals, second lowest in the KIJHL.

Princeton holds three games in hand. The Posse visit Nor-Val Sports Centre in Armstrong Friday night and host the Knights Sunday afternoon. The teams will play three more times to close the regular season.

“We wanna make playoffs so we want to go out and work our bags off and if we win both games, we’ll be set up for the playoffs,” said Knights veteran Mitchell Lukacs, of Vernon.

Osoyoos grabbed the lead five minutes into Sunday’s tilt before 300 fans when Jackson Glimpel buried his sixth of the year when left open in front of Knights goalie Daniel Paul (game star).

The Knights equalized on a powerplay seven minutes later with Trent Redschlag’s shot ricocheting in off a Coyote past goalie Adam Jones. It was Redschlag’s fifth of the season.

Braeden Tuck pocketed the winner on a powerplay scramble 2:49 into the third period for his 14th of the season. Rainer Glimpel, a 20-year-old Calgary product, earned his 30th assist and 46th point. Glimpel is second in league points.

“We’re playing a lot more aggressive and getting under their skin,” said Lukacs. “We’re definitely harder to play and that’s what we are priding ourselves on. We want teams to say, ‘Oh no, we’re playing the Knights.’”

Lukacs is playing on a crash-and-bang line with newbie Jack Berger of Creston and Dallas Keller of Oliver. Berger, 17, joined the Knights Friday night after getting 2-3-5 in 18 games with the Creston Valley Thunder Cats. Berger compiled 3-4-7 in 36 games his rookie year in Creston.

“He’s quick and likes to lay the body so he’s gonna help us,” said Lukacs.

Osoyoos (21-5-0-1) outshot North Okanagan 39-31. Tuck was game star for the Coyotes, who have won seven straight and are 14-0 at home.

Knights Push Back Posse 4-2

Knights Push Back Posse 4-2

Posted Dec 13, 2015

Newbie Jack Berger delivered a big goal for the North Okanagan Knights Friday night at the Nov-Val Sports Centre.

Obtained from the Creston Thunder Cats last week, the big 17-year-old centre scored at 7:38 of the third period as the Knights brushed back the Posse 4-2 in Kootenay International Hockey League play before 230 fans.

“It was an unbelievable solo effort,” said Knights head coach Bryant Perrier. “There was a turnover in the neutral zone and he did the Gino Malkin around the net stuff it in it thing.”

Drayton Martin added an empty-netter with 45 seconds left as the Knights improved to 7-20-1-4. They hold down the fourth and final playoff spot in the Doug Birks Division, four points up on the 7-21-0-1 Posse. The same two teams meet today in Princeton.

“We’ve been patient with this group as we rebuild and when you start winning, you start believing,” said Perrier. “This group works hard in practice and they listen on how to prepare for games.”

Defenceman Patrick Nicholson, who played for the Vipers Wednesday night, and Ryan Moon, also scored for the Knights, who outshot the Posse 56-31.

Knights Hire Fred Dobransky Sr. As Director Of Player Personnel

October 14, 2015

Knights Hire Fred Dobransky Sr. As Director Of Player Personnel

The North Okanagan Knights Junior Hockey Club is pleased to announce the hiring of Fred Dobransky Sr. as Director of Player Personnel.  Fred comes to the North Okanagan Knights with a very experienced resume and background in the developmental side of hockey.

Fred played four seasons for the Montreal Junior Royals, the farm team of the Montreal Canadiens in the National Hockey League.  After his junior playing career was completed, Fred played four more years in the QIHL.

Fred retired in 1985 and moved to British Columbia.

Fred worked eight years with the Okanagan Hockey Academy in Penticton, BC as Director of Scouting in North America.  He was also employed by the Pursuit of Excellence for six years as Director of Scouting in Western Canada.

Fred is very highly respected in the hockey circles throughout British Columbia and across North America.  Fred is a passionate, dedicated and a tireless worker when it comes to the game of hockey.  Fred truly cares about people and he only wants what is best for each and every player.

“Fred is going to bring a wealth of knowledge and a sense of stability to our organization.  It will be a true honor to work side by side with Fred everyday,” said GM / Head Coach Bryant Perrier.

Fred and his wife Mary reside in Penticton, BC.

 

For more information, please contact GM / Head Coach; Bryant Perrier at 250-488-0874.

 

New Owner Of The North Okanagan Knights

Dean Keller Named New Owner Of The North Okanagan Knights Hockey Club In The KIJHL.

Dean Keller the CEO of Need A Lift Truck Services Limited has purchased 100% Ownership rights to the North Okanagan Knights Junior Hockey Club in the (KIJHL) Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.  The sale was voted and passed by all 19 Governor’s in the KIJHL.

Dean has been involved in hockey for a number of years.  He spent ten years on the board of directors with the (SOMHA) South Okanagan Minor Hockey Association.  He served as SOMHA President for four years.  Two years ago Dean joined the board of directors with (OMAHA) Okanagan Mainline Amateur Hockey Association.

Dean’s goals for the North Okanagan Knights will be to provide stability and a new positive direction for the Hockey Club.  He is looking forward to help build the North Okanagan Knights into a successful franchise in the KIJHL and for the community of Armstrong and Spallumcheen.

Dean is dedicated, enthusiastic and has the leadership qualities to bring the Knights organization to a level of significance.  He is very excited to help improve the organization on and off the ice.

“I am extremely excited about being named the new owner of the North Okanagan Knights Hockey Club.  Today we start the re-build process of this franchise.  I really want to see our staff members, players, volunteers and fans working together to achieve success as a team.  I believe we can and will move this hockey club forward in a positive direction.” Dean Keller, North Okanagan Knights Hockey Club.

If more information is required please contact Dean Keller direct at 250-498-9599.

ETHAN KING HAS COMMITTED TO THE NORTH OKANAGAN KNIGHTS

The North Okanagan Knights are pleased to announce the commitment of Ethan King.  King, a 6 foot 5, 223 pound Defenseman out of Vernon, BC, was draft by the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the Second Round, 23rd Overall at the WHL Bantam Draft last season.

After a long but thorough recruiting process, Ethan King has been offered an opportunity to join the North Okanagan Knights squad for the 2015-2016 season.

His decision to commit to our organization is very exciting.

Head coach Bryant Perrier was thoroughly impressed by Ethan’s attitude and work ethic.

“Ethan is a big, strong Defenseman with an excellent shot.  He has a good set of hands and his feet are improving everyday as he continues to work with his skating coach throughout the summer,” offered the coach.  “He has a high level work ethic and comes very highly recommended from some very good hockey people.”

Those people include coaches and managers in the KIJHL as well as King’s former coaches.

Perrier, who says that King is a highly intelligent player with a desire to get better.  “That is what we want coming in here.  We want guys of high integrity.”

King has been described, according to Perrier, as “very coachable, easy to work with, tough as nails and hard to play against.”

And as Knights fans and staff alike look forward to watching the enormous 6 foot 5 King play this season, Perrier expects that King will play an important role and fit into the top six Defense core immediately.

“We believe Ethan can play a significant role immediately,” he said. “With a good reach, poise and savvy who is tough to play against.  We believe Ethan has a ton of upside.”

Leadership potential, size, ability and a mean streak.

“The total package,” Perrier believes.  “Ethan is a big bodied Defenseman who has played against great players and succeeded.  He has never taken a back seat.”

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

NORTH OKANAGAN KNIGHTS PREPARING TO ANNOUNCE THEIR 2015 MAIN CAMP

The North Okanagan Knights within the next week will be announcing the dates and times for their 2015 Main Camp.

The Main Camp will run for three days.  Registration is open to all players which includes Goaltenders.

All registration information will be available for the Main Camp on the North Okanagan Knights website.  noknights.ca

Walk-ons are welcome.

If you require more information, please contact Head Coach and General Manager; Bryant Perrier at bryantperrier@yahoo.com

We look forward to seeing you at our Main Camp!               

 

THE NORTH OKANAGAN KNIGHTS ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THEY HAVE RECEIVED A COMMITMENT FROM JOEY GUERRA

The North Okanagan Knights are pleased to announce that Joey Guerra, a product of Salmon Arm Minor Hockey will be joining the Knights for the upcoming season. The 6 foot 1 forward spent the past season playing with the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy, a perennial scorer, was a huge part of the Pursuit of Excellence success.  Joey helped his team win the North American Prospect Hockey League Silver Division Championship last season.

The North Okanagan Knights are pleased to announce that they have received a commitment from Joey Guerra, a 6 foot 1, 180 pound forward from Salmon Arm, BC for the upcoming season.

Guerra has a tremendous blend of skill, speed, athletic ability and intellect on the ice – enough to have found himself on the radar of Coach Perrier’s scouting list.

“Joey is a player we are thrilled to sign and have commit to our program,” said Knights coach Bryant Perrier.  “You can’t teach Joey’s speed.  Anyone we talk to, from the WHL to NCAA, spoke of Joey as being a legitimate prospect.”

With having being pursued by other teams in the KIJHL this past spring and summer, Perrier says that Joey’s abilities cannot be questioned.

“He is an elite talent,” Perrier said.  “But, he will need to make the adjustment to being consistent against older players in our league.  Obviously, we think he can.”

Recommended by many good hockey people, Perrier had the opportunity to have Guerra attend their Prospects Camp in June – and he liked what he saw.

“This is a player that can be a potential game breaker.  He is an Honor Roll student for his diligence in academics and he is highly decorated as an athlete.  We are glad to have him.”

The plan, according to Perrier, is about reaching for the stars developmentally.

“Joey will get our best and we want to see him reach his goal of playing at the highest level of hockey.”

When asked about how the Knights were able to land a player of Guerra’s pedigree, Perrier explained it came down to basics.

“We don’t have a blimp flying around our rink and we don’t have a five story shopping mall in Armstrong,” he said.  “We serve French fries and coffee in our building, you won’t find sushi.  But, we have passion for the game, we have a track record of developing players as a staff and we are fortunate to have some good people out in the hockey world who think highly enough of us to help us bring in a player like Joey.”

“This is about hockey.”

Perrier expects Guerra’s time in The KIJHL could be short.

“I think Joey could be a one (year) in and one out player.  If that happens, we have done our job and we have obviously gotten a great effort from him.  We could live with that.”

 

THE NORTH OKANAGAN KNIGHTS ARE COMING OFF A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL PROSPECTS CAMP

The Capital News Centre Arena was filled with many fine hockey players on the weekend, as The North Okanagan Knights held their Prospects Camp.  The camp is the first step in identifying talent for the 2015-2016 season and beyond.

The North Okanagan Knights are coming off a highly successful Prospects Camp, in which the club was able to identify many elite prospects.

The camp – held between June 19th and June 21st in Kelowna – was filled with prospects between the ages of 15 and 20 years of age.

Excellent attendees came from as far away as Manitoba and Michigan.

Equally exciting to the coaching and scouting staff was the strong contingent of local BC players – several of which were from the immediate and outlying areas of Armstrong.

Coach Bryant Perrier was thrilled with the weekend.

“We were very happy as a staff,” commented the coach.  “The skill level on the ice was high, we had many strong players and the athleticism was exceptional for a spring camp.”

The camp served two purposes for the coach and his staff.

“We were able to identify many young players,” he said.  “As well, we were fortunate to have many of our veteran players return and they practiced and played in games with many of our younger prospects.”

A good number of the players at the camp are eligible and likely to make next year’s club.

“I would say there were a hand full of players at this camp who could comfortably step into the KIJHL this season,” he commented.

While many of the club’s prospects were not in attendance due to other commitments, Perrier says the club’s scouting staff is fully aware of their abilities.

“Our talent pool is improving and talented.  It is an exciting time for our fans and for our organization.”

“We are working to really assemble a good list of players who want to play here.  Fall camp is going to be great.”

 

NORTH OKANAGAN KNIGHTS SET TO OPEN THEIR 2015 PROSPECTS CAMP

NORTH OKANAGAN KNIGHTS SET TO OPEN THEIR 2015 PROSPECTS CAMP

The North Okanagan Knights will open their doors for their 2015 Prospects Camp on Friday, June 19th at the Capital News Centre in Kelowna, BC as preparations begin for the upcoming 2015-16 KIJHL season.

The Prospects Camp will run for three days, June 19, 20 and 21.  The registration numbers are strong.  We still have openings for 12 skaters.  The Goaltending positions are full.

All registration information is available for the Prospects Camp on the North Okanagan Knights website.   noknights.ca

Walk-on are welcome.

Anyone who has scholastic obligations are welcome to participate for the Saturday and Sunday ice sessions.

If you require more information, please contact Head Coach/GM; Bryant Perrier at bryantperrier@yahoo.com

We look forward to meeting you at our Prospects Camp!