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2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup BC Provincial Championship April 10 to 13 in Nelson, BC. Teams include: The Nelson Leafs, The Victoria Cougars, The Aldergrove Kodiaks and the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.

The Nelson Leafs kick off the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup on Thursday night against the Victoria Cougars. On Friday, the Leafs will rekindle their rivalry with the Beaver Valley Nitehawks. Kevin Mills file photo

Host Nelson Leafs have chance to avenge playoff loss to Beaver Valley

SCHEDULE: April 10

3:30 p.m. Aldergrove vs. Beaver Valley Nelson & District Community Complex 7:30 p.m. Victoria vs. Nelson Nelson & District Community Complex

April 11

3:30 p.m. Aldergrove vs. Victoria Nelson & District Community Complex 7:30 p.m. Beaver Valley vs. Nelson Nelson & District Community Complex

April 12

3:30 p.m. Beaver Valley vs. Victoria Nelson & District Community Complex 7:30 p.m. Aldergrove vs. Nelson Nelson & District Community Complex

April 13

10 a.m. Fourth vs. Third Nelson & District Community Complex 2:30 p.m. Second vs. First Nelson & District Community Complex

Ready for the rematch

Kevin Mills Nelson Star

The entire hockey season has been leading up to this week. The Nelson Leafs are ready to host the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup (April 10 to 13). The event will decide the junior B hockey provincial crown. For the Leafs to take the title, they will have to beat a familiar foe — the Beaver Valley Nitehawks. The Nitehawks eliminated the Leafs in post season play and went on to win the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) crown. Now Nelson has the chance for a little payback. “They are a great team and we are excited to have them here. It’s going to be great for two local teams to be in the Cyclone Taylor Cup and I think it’s going to be an exciting game on Friday,” said Leafs head coach Frank Maida about facing Beaver Valley once again. While his squad is motivated and itching to get back on the ice, Maida said the Nitehawks do provide a little bit of extra incentive. “I think the boys are focussed and ready to go, regardless if Beaver Valley was coming or Kamloops. But, being Beaver Valley, I think we owe them one and we are going to be ready to go.”

The Cyclone Taylor Cup is a four-team tournament featuring the champions of the KIJHL (Beaver Valley), the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (Victoria Cougars) and the Pacific Junior Hockey League (Aldergrove Kodiaks) as well as the host team (Nelson). While the Leafs coaching staff is familiar with Beaver Valley, the other two teams are a bit of a mystery. “I know Victoria in the past has put together a pretty good team and they’ll be strong and so will Aldergrove... Hopefully we’ll get some video and have a look at the teams,” said Maida. While the other three teams have been playing in their respective playoff series, Nelson hasn’t played a game in weeks. However, Maida said the squad has been getting healthier during that time and preparing to return to game action. “We’ve been practicing hard. We’ve gone seven days straight of practice getting ready for Thursday night.” As the host team, Nelson has a big advantage by playing at the Nelson and District Community Complex. “The crowd is great here in Nelson and we like playing in our own rink. Our team is built for this rink and it will be a great advantage,” said Maida. The NDCC is bigger than many rinks

The Nelson Jr. Leafs will be hosting the Cyclone Taylor Cup April 10-13 Tickets available daily at the Nelson & District Communtiy Complex front desk or from 5-7 pm April 9th on the Concourse Level

and suits the Leafs high speed style.

Awards Night: The Nelson Leafs traded in their skates and sweaters for suits and ties on Sunday night as the team hosted its annual awards banquet at the Hume Hotel. Jamie Vlanich won the award for leading scorer and was named team MVP. Vlanich was also the leading scorer in the entire KIJHL. Other award winners included:

Carson Willans — Most Valuable Player in the Playoffs; Linden Horswill — Sportsmanship Award; Brandon Sookro — Most Improved; Alec Wilkinson — Rookie of the Year; Travis Wellman — Unsung Hero Blair Andrews — Coach’s Award; Darnel St. Pierre — Spirit Award; Austin Lindsay — Excellence in Education Award; Brad Rebagliati — Citizenship Award; Robson Cramer — Top Defenceman; Aaron Dunlap — Most Popular (as voted by the players. Gord Davis, a member of the Leafs executive who has years of experience with the club, was presented with the Jim Kienholz Award as Volunteer of the Year.

Nelson Star, April 09, 2014  

April 09, 2014 edition of the Nelson Star

Nelson Star, April 09, 2014  

April 09, 2014 edition of the Nelson Star