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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!