The Selkirk College Saints showed off their BCIHL championship banner during a celebration in Castlegar Wednesday.

Celebrate our Saints

Selkirk College sets record with three back-to-back hockey championships

Chris Stedile

 

Castlegar News

 

Selkirk College’s Saints were front and centre Wednesday afternoon among a crowd of proud family, friends and community members.

The occasion: a well-deserved celebration rally at the college for the Saints’ amazing three-peat. The Saints are the first team in the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League to win three championships in a row. They team defeated Simon Fraser University this month to take the top spot again.

Mayor Lawrence Chernoff was on hand to offer his congratulations and express his respect for the players.

“You should be extremely proud of yourselves for all that you’ve accomplished this season. You are all a great source of community pride.

“On a personal note, I was extremely pleased to have two of you come to my house and just say thank you. These kinds of things mean a lot to me and the community. I wish you the best in the coming seasons.”

The cause for celebration doesn’t end with the championship victory.

Selkirk College forward Ryan Edwards has been named the BCIHL’s 2015 playoff MVP.

Edwards was at the centre of Selkirk’s offensive attack in series sweeps over the University of Victoria and Simon Fraser, scoring six goals in four games — including three game-winners.

The rookie winger made his presence known in his very first BCIHL playoff contest, tipping home a point shot in overtime to give Selkirk a 1-0 series lead on the Vikes.

In Game 1 of the BCIHL finals, his hat trick accounted for all of the Saints’ offence in a 3-1 victory over SFU, while his late second period marker in Game 2 also held as the winner.

“Ryan was a key member of our team all season and he played his best hockey when the games counted most,” says Saints head coach Alex Evin. “He established himself as our MVP over the second half and stepped up and scored the big goal whenever we needed it.”

Edwards’ six tallies tied a BCIHL record for goals in a single postseason, matching former SFU star Jaime Laprise, who set the mark in 2009.

The 2015 BCIHL playoff all-star team was also announced, with Edwards joining Selkirk College teammates Logan Proulx, Stefan Gonzales and James Prigione along with SFU’s Adam Callegari and Jared Eng.

Before autographs and pizza at yesterday’s rally, Proulx took the microphone.

“This is a pretty big achievement for us,” he said. “We spend our lives playing the game we love and get to come to school and keep playing. The support we have, from the college, the faculty the community, it’s absolutely amazing.

“We just go out there and chase a piece of rubber. There are so many people to thank I can’t even begin. We’re just so happy we can go out there and have this opportunity.”

 

Just Posted

UPDATE: Body found in burnt-out car near Genelle

Police report a body was found in the burnt out trunk of a 1999 Honda Civic

New Glade ferry enters testing phase

The Glade II will be able to carry heavier loads and will emit less greenhouse gases.

Kootenay Boundary remains in unusually dangerous avalanche period

Avalanche Canada says it expects snowpack conditions to get better soon

Nominate your neighbourhood snow buster

The City of Castlegar will be giving away $250 to someone who regularly shovels their neighbours out

More snow expected over Friday night in Castlegar

Castlegar’s weather forecast calls for more snow Friday night, cold temperatures and sun on Sunday.

Solitary-confinement veto a chance to address mental health: advocate

B.C. Supreme Court made the landmark ruling Wednesday

Winter storm coming to B.C. this weekend

The bets are on as to how much snow the province will actually get in the coming days

B.C. civil rights group files complaint about RCMP arrest of man who later died

Dale Culver, a 35-year-old Indigenous man was arrested in Prince George last July

Lawyer says former B.C. government aide ‘barely guilty’ in ethnic vote scandal

Brian Bonney pleaded guilty to a breach of trust charge

Quite a few tears as homemade quilts distributed to residents of Ashcroft Reserve, Boston Flats affected by last summer’s fire

Quilters in B.C. and Alberta worked through the summer and fall to create more than 100 quilts.

Island Health: No need for alarm in wake of Victoria needle-prick incidents

Three incidents in a week prompts meeting between health authority, city service providers

B.C. coast loggers celebrate history, hope for improvement

Truck Loggers Association awaits B.C. NDP government’s new direction

New Denver losing 24/7 emergency care

Doctor shortage prompts change to local emergency room hours

Global Affairs aware of report of two Canadians kidnapped in Nigeria

The foreigners were heading south from Kafanchan to Abuja when they were ambushed around Kagarko

Most Read