Friday, 20 April 2018

Ghostriders 4/20 update hahah 4/20... ya whatever

The Fernie Ghostriders just announced that their Annual General Meeting will be on May 17th at 7:00 in the Fernie Community Centre.

At the AGM any interested fans can come out and see how the team did off the ice last season...  a little hint... it wasn’t very good.

The Ghostriders are a community owned team, that means at the AGM they will have to tell you how much they lost last season, it was around $60,000. But it may be more... there are still some bills to pay.

If you haven’t guessed it already, the Riders are near the edge of the financial cliff and if they don’t get some help and especially if the Fernie arena isn’t open for next season, they will be pushed off the edge.

The team also needs billet families advertisers and some more volunteers to help out on game-days. 

At the AGM there will be an election of officers. President, vice president, secretary, treasurer  and a board of directors. 

If you are interested in hearing about the health of the team all you have to do is show up and listen. If you want to vote on or run for any of the positions you will need a membership and they will be sold at the door for $20.00. 

You do not need a membership to attend the meeting, you can come out and just listen. 

Round’ The League

The Ghostriders ( Jeff Wagner ) were not the only team to make changes, here is what we know so far.

The Columbia Valley Rockies President Graeme Anderson and his wife Noelene will not be back next season.

Graeme Anderson ran the junior hockey team for six years with his wife Noelene who handles marketing and social media. I’m told they turned the team around financially so their departure will hurt the Rockies. Full story here


The Golden Rockets and Jason Stephens have parted ways and the Rockets have hired Jeremy Blumes as their new head coach and general manager. Full story on Blumes here

In Kamloops longtime head coach Ed Patterson says he will not be back next season. No reason was given and so far we have not heard if owner and GM Barry Dewar has hired anyone else for the job. 

In Spokane the  Braves announced  that Head Coach, Gary Redding, and General Manager/Assistant Coach, Nick Redding, will be moving on for the 2018-2019 season. Head Coach Gary Redding has accepted a head coaching position with the Coeur d'Alene Hockey Academy of the CSSHL and Nick Redding has accepted a position with the WHL Seattle Thunderbirds as Hockey Operations Coordinator. 
Nice to see these two get a chance at another level. 

Spokane then announced that Mike Bay will be back coaching the team next season.

And finally the big shock in the KIJHL was in Osoyoos where Ken Law was fired, or not re-signed, Im not sure. Law has been there for the last 8 seasons.  Read that here 

The Coyotes have been one of the premier franchises (won the KIJHL championship in 2011) and were always in the mix for first place since rejoining the KIJHL after winning a Championship in 2005 with owner Barry Dewar (who then moved the Storm to Kamloops). Osoyoos took a 4 year absence after that then Randy Bedard brought the Coyotes to Osoyoos. 

CAMPS and RECRUITING  INFO HERE

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Rider Jr Camps

 Well new Rider GM Jeff Wagner sure ain’t wasting any time getting started.

The Fernie Ghostriders are excited to announced that they have partnered with the Creston Valley Thunder Cats and the Okotoks Bisons for a Junior Prep Showcase that will be held on May 11-13, 2018 in Edmonton, Alberta.
Registration for camp is now open. For more information, please email wagner.ghostriders@gmail.com, or click HERE to be redirected to the registration page. If it is your first camp with either team, you will need to take 5 minutes to create an account.
The camp is open to all players born between 1998 and 2003. It will include four games and an exit interview with Ghostriders, Thunder Cats and Bisons coaches. The cost of the camp is $175 for skaters and $200 for goalies.
All ice times will take place at the Clareview Recreation Center in Edmonton, AB.
“I’m very excited to continue working with both the Thunder Cats and the Bisons to present a camp for Northern Alberta players.” Says Ghostriders Head Coach and General Manager, Jeff Wagner. “Alberta has always provided a solid foundation for recruiting, especially in our division. Teaming up with the Thunder Cats for this camp has the potential to provide each player with multiple Junior options, where most camps would only provide the option of the hosting team”
For the 2018/19 season, Alberta residents born in 2000 or earlier are eligible to play junior hockey in British Columbia. Younger players who are interested in being evaluated by junior-level coaches for future seasons are also welcome.
For more information on the Ghostriders Junior Prep Showcase, click HERE. To register, click HERE
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The Fernie Ghostriders are excited to announced that they have partnered with the Creston Valley Thunder Cats and the Okotoks Bisons for a Junior Prep Showcase that will be held on May 18-20, 2018 in Calgary, Alberta.
Registration for camp is now open. For more information, please email wagner.ghostriders@gmail.com, or click HERE to be redirected to the registration page. If it is your first camp with either team, you will need to take 5 minutes to create an account.
The camp is open to all players born between 1998 and 2003. It will include four games and an exit interview with Ghostriders, Thunder Cats and Bisons coaches. The cost of the camp is $175 for skaters and $200 for goalies.
All ice times will take place at the TRICO Centre in Calgary, AB.
“I’m looking forward to partnering with the Thunder Cats and the Bisons for our Junior Prep Showcase in Calgary.” Says Ghostriders Head Coach and General Manager, Jeff Wagner. “Alberta has always provided a solid foundation for recruiting, especially in our division. Teaming up with the Thunder Cats for this camp has the potential to provide each player with multiple Junior options, where most camps would only provide the option of the hosting team”
For the 2018/19 season, Alberta residents born in 2000 or earlier are eligible to play junior hockey in British Columbia. Younger players who are interested in being evaluated by junior-level coaches for future seasons are also welcome.
For more information on the Ghostriders Junior Prep Showcase, click HERE. To register, click HERE

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Ghostriders hire a new Head Coach and General Manager



The Ghostriders search for a Head Coach and General Manager is over now and Jeff Wagner is the guy... he was selected from about 20 applicants.

Sounds like the team is in good hands.

Press release...eerily similar to this story 

Wagner was in Creston last season but Rider fans have probably never heard of him and that’s mostly because the KIJHL does not actively promote their coaches. If I had my way when you went to the KI site and clicked on a team’s stats, all the players along with the coaching and training staff would be listed. I just don’t get it...

Anyway... Wagner was with the Creston Valley Thunder Cats for the last two seasons, first as an assistant coach then last year he was an associate coach and assistant general manager.

Jeff started his coaching career in Calgary a few years ago as an assistant coach with the AA Calgary North Stars then moved up to become the Head Coach of CBHA Blackhawks in the Calgary Buffaloes Hockey Association. 

Jeff also doubled as Creston’s Southern Alberta scout during the 2015-16 season and if you remember Creston was loaded with talent that Wagner helped bring to Creston when they were hosting the Cyclone Taylor Cup two years ago.

Jeff is 28 years old and from Calgary where he has recruited several players, so he should have a good read on many of the the upcoming players that end up in the KIJHL in the next few months.

When Jeff was in Creston he coached with former Thunder Cat Head Coach and GM Jeff Dubois. So I asked Dubois, who is now coaching in the Jr A BCHL with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs about Wagner.

Jeff Dubois
"Jeff has all the qualities to be a tremendous Head Coach in the KIJHL and lead a winning program. He’s a very hard worker who will put everything into the job."

"Jeff is an excellent recruiter who develops genuine relationships with players and earns their trust and respect. He was a huge part of our success in Creston when we hosted the Cyclone Taylor Cup and I think he’s a great choice to run his own team!"

I also asked Lee Stone who is the HC and GM of the Campbell River Storm, they are perennial VIJHL Jr B Champions and will be playing in the Cyclone Taylor Cup this weekend.

Lee Stone

"I got to know ‘Wags’ while he was working with Jeff Dubois in Creston Valley during the 2016-2017 season. Seeing his effort to produce a top flight Cyclone Taylor Cup tournament showed me that he was willing to do whatever it took. His Alberta connections will fit in perfectly in Fernie in an area where cornering the market in Alberta prospects is so key
Above and beyond everything he brings the organization on the ice, off the ice he is just a really good guy. Wants to do good by the kids, see them succeed. I know I wish him the best of luck and hope to see him take the program to high levels of success.

And finally... Kimberley, Delta, Campbell River and the host team Richmond are all in the Cyclone Taylor Cup this weekend. Im told this year’s tournament will feature some of the best teams this tournament has seen in a while.



Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Riders March 14th update

Ghostrider update March 14th

The Riders are now taking applications for a Head Coach and General Manager... for a hockey job this is a rather long and detailed  posting, but I assure you they aren’t really looking for a scientist.  I'm told they have had several potential applicants so far  You can see the posting here


The Riders are also holding a Spring Camp. Below is the announcement .

The Fernie Ghostriders are pleased to announce that Kevin Petovello and Jeff Zmurchyk will run the 2018 Spring Camp.

The camp will be held in Sparwood BC, registration April 6,2018 from 6:00 -7:00 PM, camp to begin April 7, 2018 and completedApril 8, 2018.


Camp will include 4 ice sessions, dryland sessions, a t-shirt and a meal.

For more information, please contact Kevin Petovello at 1-867-689-8540 or by
email:kevpetovello@hotmail.com

Ghostrider Award Winners
Volunteer of the Year: Georgina MacIntosh
Most Inspirational: Grayson Neufeld
Most Improved: Broc Merkl
Rookie of the Year: Ethan Jang
MVP: Mitch Titus
Most Exciting Player: Mitch Titus
Top Defenseman: Grayson Neufeld
Top Scorer: Mitch Titus
MVP Playoffs: Jace Woodley


Round the League

The Riders were eliminated in 5 games by Kimberley in the first round, meanwhile the  4th place Columbia Valley Rockies surprised 2nd place Creston, who were 22 points ahead in the standings, with a 4-2 series win.

Kimberley then defeated the Rockies 4-1 and will now play the Nelson Leafs who defeated Castlegar 4-1 and Grand Forks in 7 games in the first round.

Last season’s champs, Beaver Valley lost to Castlegar in 7games in the first round.

On the other side 

The always powerful Osoyoos Coyotes defeated  Kelowna 4-2 and will now play Revelstoke after their game 7 win against 100 Mile Wednesday night.

So the winners of Kimberley- Nelson and Osoyoos- Revelstoke
will play in the KIJHL final.

Monday, 5 March 2018

Riders release HC and GM Craig Mohr

All the best in the future to my coffee buddy Craig Mohr...  I’ll miss him.
This is from the Fernie Ghostriders President Barb Anderson 
As of March 4, 2018, The Fernie Ghostriders have released Head Coach and General Manager Craig Mohr from his position with the Fernie Ghostriders.
The board of directors have decided to proceed in a different direction with the team.
The board of directors wish Craig all the best in his future endeavors and thank him for his time with the team.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

A thank you to the City of Sparwood, the FGR Executive, and the Players & Coaches

The Ghostriders lost 2-1 in overtime in Kimberley Wednesday night and their season is over.

Team President Barb Anderson 
"The Ghostriders would like to thank the City of Sparwood and especially Community Services Assistant Sheri Taylor, she was instrumental in helping the Rider Executive and Players get set up in Sparwood and ensured that our team was looked after and welcomed.


Photo-Captain Mitch Titus, and assistant Captains Kevin Pierce, Grayson Neufeld and Brendan Nemes with Sheri Taylor and Barb Anderson.

My thoughts...

This was a very trying year for the organization, the players and the Cities of both Fernie and Sparwood.

After the Fernie arena disaster and subsequent closing of the Fernie arena the Rider volunteers worked tirelessly to keep the team running. They traveled over the constantly dangerous snow covered  roads to Sparwood early and stayed late for all the games so they could setup and take down their tables in the lobby. It was and still is a thankless job, but here we will thank them... they could have voted to shut the team down for the season, but didn’t.

The players and coaches also sacrificed, a lot, they traveled over the same snow covered roads, only they did it every day for practice and games. 

They also had all their equipment stored in a heated sea can outside the arena. The sea can did it’s job but not having their own “Room” in Fernie where they could hang around watch TV and bond etc took it’s toll. 

You may think that not having a “room” isn’t a big deal, but ask any head coach, they will tell you that in the world of team building, this was a big deal.

 I also thank the players, and coaches for staying with the team and all the newer guys for even coming into this very trying situation. And thank Sparwood Minor Hockey and Figure skating for sacrificing their valuable ice time to help out the Riders, Fernie Minor Hockey and Fernie Figure Skating. All three would have  shut down without your help.

I’m told the Fernie rink will be open next season, if not I don’t think you can ask all the people we just talked about to do this again.

Congrat’s to the Nitro’s for getting to the second round.





Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Riders stay alive win in OT

Down 3-0 in the series and in game four in Sparwood the Ghostriders surprised the Kimberley Dynamiters with a 4-3 overtime win. Game sheet here

Greg Susinski scored the first goal then Brendan Nemes got the Riders up 2-0 with a PP goal before Nitro Mason Palaga scored a PP goal for the Nitros and the first ended 2-1 Fernie.

The only goal in the second was off the stick of Brendan Nemes, his second of the night.

In the third Kimberly would score two goals, James Farmer scored short handed then Cam Russell tied the game at 3 late in the third.

In the OT Rider Player of the Game Greg Susinski scored his second on the night to win the game just 2:53 into the OT.

Notes
Both teams scored a PP goal
Rider’s most dependable D Grayson Neufeld was kicked out for a 5 min check to the head in the first.
KD Nick Graham and FG Sam Rousseau were kicked out for fighting in the first.
KI scoring leader Brock Palmer was held to 1A
Zak Larson out duelled KD Cody Campbell in net
The shots were 44-42 KD
Att 320
Lots of minor PIM KD was 1-8 FG 1-7 on the PP

The series resumes Wednesday night in Kimberley  and will be on the radio with Josh Hoffman at the mike.

In other news
Ryan Skytt scored in OT giving the Columbia Valley Rockies a 3-1 series lead vs Creston. Ben Kelsch had the W in net. They play in Creston March 1st.
Ross King stopped 43 of 44 Nelson Leaf shots to give the Grand Forks Border Bruins their first win, Nelson leads 3-1 heading back to Nelson March 1st.
Coach Duner and his 100 Mile House Wranglers sweep Chase with a 6-3 win.
Beaver Valley got up 7-3 and held on for a 7-6 series tying win (2-2) with Castlegar
Osoyoos defeats Princeton 4-3 to sweep their series.
Kelowna takes a 3-1 lead on Summerland with a 5-0 shutout Joseph McLeod had the shutout.

Kamloops won 2-1 in OT, Jaydon Castle had the goal but Revelstoke has a 3-1 series lead heading back to Revy.