Monday, August 15, 2016

Summer Sabbatical time once again

The Dog Days of Summer have arrived and the only solution to the condition is to take it to the highway!

It's  time for the annual summer break, so we'll be shutting down the new content for the blog through the rest of August, with plans to return to our efforts in a couple of weeks or so.

With our sabbatical, our regular review of Council issues and updates for many of our other features that require attention on an ongoing basis will be in hibernation for that period.  

We'll play a bit of catch up upon our return, filling in the gaps as best we can.

Feel free to wander through the various topics listed on the right hand column, you may find some items of interest that you may have missed when they first came out.

You can also take advantage of the opportunity to take some time to explore our political blog Darcy McGee, which follows federal and provincial politics.

Real Estate Tracker: Week ending August 14, 2016

Our weekly review of the listings of the local real estate agents, tracking those properties which appear to be driving the local price structure for the North Coast.

Every Monday, we look over the listing prices of the past seven days and outline the Top 10 asking prices in the area, providing a snap shot as to where the Real Estate market may be trending on a week to week basis.

The listings below are purely for information purposes, for further background on the properties recorded, see our links page for access to the individual real estate listings.

The Archive for our weekly review can be found here.

Our list of the top ten priced homes for the week ending August 14 is below:

Prince Rupert Real Estate West Side
week ending August 14, 2016
Prince Rupert Real Estate East Side
week ending August 14, 2016

One new entry marks our list to launch our review of August, with a 7th Avenue property on the east side entering the listings for the first time. Departing the listings on the week is a property on Summit, which brings a shift to the balance of properties on the list of ten.

The east side now features four listings, while the west side drops one to six listed from the west side of the McBride Street divide.

The change to the roster is found in the upper to middle area of the list, leaving the lower range remaining at the $439,000 value, while our top end shows no change from last week standing at $575,000.

Below find our findings as of the Week ending August 14, 2016

2085 Graham Avenue                   $575,000  --  Remax
1724 Graham Avenue                   $545,000  --  Royal Lepage
1725 West Second Avenue           $530,000 --   Royal Lepage
1311-1314 Sloan Avenue             $524,000 --   Remax
1325 7th Avenue East                  $489,000 --   Remax  (new)
333 11th Avenue East                   $485,000 --  Royal Lepage
1735 Graham Avenue                   $469,000  --  Remax
112 Raven Place                           $444,900  --  Remax
947 11th Avenue East                   $443,000 --  Remax
100 Alpine Drive                          $439,900  --  Remax

For more items related to Real Estate see our archive page here.

For background on Housing issues in the region see our past items here.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Blog Watching: Week ending August 14, 2016

LNG items continue to claim much of the focus when it comes to news on the North Coast, with both the proposed terminal project on Digby Island and Pacific NorthWest LNG's proposal for Lelu island continuing to capture the interest of the public.

A concern from Digby Island about possible encroachment into areas of the Dodge Cove Official Community Plan topped our list of review, that as the issue made its way to the Agenda of Skeena Queen Charlotte Regional District this week.

While the latest observations from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency on its review of the Pacific NorthWest LNG project also were of significant interest to residents of the region over the last seven days.

Other items of note to make the list of five through the week included how a routine traffic stop turned into a much larger investigation for the Prince Rupert RCMP, the debut of former Charles Hays Rainmaker with the UBC Thunderbird program and how a land sale on Graham Avenue has continued to make for much in the way of conversation in Prince Rupert and beyond.

The top story of the week however followed the latest notes related to the proposed Aurora LNG project for Digby island.

Regional District to review Aurora LNG encroachment on Digby Island -- A land question related to the proposed LNG terminal for the south end of Digby Island makes for a topic for Skeena Queen Charlotte Regional District  (posted August 8, 2016)

That article was followed by:

No extension planned for Pacific NorthWest LNG CEAA Review --  The review period for the proposed LNG terminal at Lelu Island remains on track towards a mid October date  (posted August 12, 2016)

Routine traffic stop brings multiple drug charges for Prince Rupert resident -- A Prince Rupert resident faces a number of drug related charges following an arrest on the city's east side (posted August 11, 2016)

Showtime for McChesney as UBC faces Charlotte 49ers --  Former CHSS Rainmaker Justin McChesney made his UBC debut this week as the T-Birds took on the Charlotte 49ers of the NCAA  ( posted August 11, 2016)

Graham Avenue land sale gains a bit of out of town attention --  While City Council may have had its final words on a land sale on the west side, the topic continues to make for discussion around the community and beyond (posted August 8, 2016)

You can find our Blog watching featured posted every Sunday morning by 9AM, a handy way to catch up to the week that was, at a leisurely weekend pace.

You can also review the full listings of the week just past from our Blog Archive index page found on the right hand side of the page.

For those looking for updates to items as they are posted to the blog, don't forget about our email alert access.

A daily review of the latest items on the blog can be delivered to your email in box, simply by entering your email address into the information bar, items posted to the blog will be delivered to your e-mail account each day.

You can find the link to that feature on the upper, right hand side of the blog. Underneath the Follow the North Coast Review by Email indicator.

Our archive of weekly Blog Watching can be found here

Friday, August 12, 2016

Back to School time just over the summer horizon

August seems to be moving at a rapid pace, with Monday marking the mid way point for the final month of summer vacations for School District 52's teachers, staff members and students.

With the indications that back to school time easily found in the city's stores and the Back To School Sales currently underway, SD52 is getting ready to ring the bell on a new year of studies on the North Coast.

Registration for any new students to the region, or those that have moved to a new school catchment area will be taking place from August 29th through to September 2nd from 9 AM to Noon, with all elementary schools in the City open for parents/guardians to register their children.

The first day of School comes up on Tuesday, September 6th with Schools in session as follows:

All elementary schools 
Kindergarten  -- Families of kindergarten students will be notified of start dates and times by their school
Grades 1 to 5  10 AM to Noon

Prince Rupert Middle School
Grades 7-8 -- 10:30 AM to Noon
Grade 6 -- 1 PM to 3 PM

Charles Hays Secondary School
Grades 11 and 12 -- 9:45 AM
Grades 9 and 10 -- 1 PM
CHSS students must be present the first day of school to ensure their seat in the classes that they have chosen for 2016-17.

Pacific Coast School
Grades 9 to 12 -- 10 AM

Regular classes for all schools will commence on Wednesday, September 7th

More background on the launch of the school year can be found on the SD52 website.

Below is a list of Schools in the SD52 system and the start times of classes in 2016-17

Annunciation, the City's Independent School follows much the same schedule as SD52, background information on the first day of school and the full schedule for the year has been posted to the Annunciation website.

The Annunciation offices will reopen on August 22nd, more background on what Annunciation has to offer can be found here, notes on Parent Resources for the year ahead can be reviewed here

For more items related to education on the North Coast see our archive page here.

Cow Bay Gift Galley has a Whale of an idea!

Thar she blows! 
The Cow Bay Gift Galley
has gifted some unique benches
to the City of Prince Rupert
(photo from Cow Bay Gift
Galley Facebook page

There have been a number of whale spottings in the Cow Bay area the last few days, and none of them were directed at the waters of Prince Rupert harbour.

The Cow Bay Gift Galley is celebrating its 25th year of business in the Cow Bay district and once again owner Glen Saunders has shown his community spirit, purchasing a number of Whale Tail themed benches for placement around the city.

The impressive looking Whale tail benches which were designed by Jeff King were created in Vancouver and shipped to the North Coast with Bandstra Transportation.

Yesterday workers from RONA and City work crews began the process of anchoring them in place, with the first of the group travelling through the city's streets from the RONA yard in Cow Bay and delivered to Mariner's Park.

Two more will be put in place around the city in the weeks to come. Making for another conversation topic that will surely become the theme of many a photo from visitors to the city.

The Cow Bay Gift Galley Facebook page features a number of photos of the unique benches and the work of yesterday to put them in place.

Residents and visitors can now take a load off their
feet with some new benches being installed around the city
(photo from Cow Bay Gift Galley Facebook page)

More notes on tourism initiatives on the North Coast can be found on our archive page.

Rampage Regular Season Home Opener debuts October 1st

The 2016-17 home season schedule for the Prince Rupert Rampage has been released and the North Coast squads quest for a championship will start on October 1st with the first of eight home dates at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre.

The Rhinos will dig into the ice against the Kitimat Ice Demons on the first Saturday of October, with eyes set on finally bringing a championship season to the faithful of the Jim.

From game one until the end of the regular season in late January the Rampage will play host to the Ice Demons, Terrace River Kings and Smithers Steelheads twice, while the Williams Lake Stampeders and Quesnel Kangaroos will both make the annual trek to the north coast once each during the course of the 2016-17 season.

The full home schedule for the year ahead can be found below:

Saturday, October 1 --       Kitimat Ice Demons                 7 PM 
Saturday, October 15 --     Terrace River Kings                7 PM 
Saturday, November 5 --   Quesnel Kangaroos                 7 PM 
Saturday, November 19 -- Terrace River Kings                7 PM 
Saturday, December 10 -- Smithers Steelheads                7 PM 
Saturday, January 7 --       Kitimat Ice Demons                 7 PM 
Saturday, January 14 --     Williams Lake Stampeders     7 PM
Saturday, January 21 --     Smithers Steelheads                7 PM 

The complete CIHL schedule is set to be released later this month, providing North Coast hockey fans with a blue print for the path ahead for the Rampage as they take to the ice against familiar Northwest rivals, all of which have designs on a shot at the Coy Cup.

One team from last season that won't be on the ice for 2016-17 will be the Lac La Hache Tomahawks, that team decided that there were too many uncertainties with their rink and commitments from players and volunteers to make a go of it for this year.

That will make the CIHL a six team circuit for this year, though league officials are hoping to find other interested communities to sign on with the six member squads into the future.

As for off ice activities for the Rampage players and their fans, the year ahead brings a couple of returning events to the social calendar.

The popular Skate with Rampage event makes a return again this year, set for Sunday, December 11th from 4 to 5:15 PM, admission to the crowd favourite activity comes with a donation to the Salvation Army Food Bank.

Plans are also in the works for another Ringing in of the New Year with the Rampage, with more details on the celebrations and night of entertainment to be provided as we get closer to the holiday period.

Rampage tickets will once again be available at a number of local outlets including Northern Savings Credit Union, Stuck On Designs, Oceanside Sports and the Prince Rupert Civic Centre complex.

Adult admission for the 2016-17 season remains at 10 dollars, while Children can get into the Jim for 5 dollars.

Returning members of the team and those looking to crack the line up will get their first chance to shake off the rust as part of the upcoming Lou Lemire hockey camp at the Civic Centre.

From there the launch of training camp, practice sessions and possibly some exhibition games will help to prepare the team for the start of the teams.

Updates on the team can be found from their websiteFacebook page and twitter feed.

You can follow our notes on the Rampage through the 2016-17 from our archive page here.

CIHL News 2016-17

Our archive of news items from the Central Interior Hockey League for the 2016-17 season, with particular note given to the Prince Rupert Rampage.

Our Schedule and Game Summaries pages can be found below:


Prince Rupert Rampage Results page 2016-17 

Prince Rupert Rampage Schedule 2016-17

For those looking for more information on the Rampage, the team provides background on its latest developments from their, Website,  Facebook Page and Twitter Feed.

North Coast Review items


March 13 -- River Kings take two wins out of Williams Lake to claim CIHL title
March 3 -- River Kings move into CIHL finals after eliminating Prince Rupert last weekend


February 25 -- Win or come home for Rampage as Game Two set for Terrace tonight
February 22 -- Rampage will need to be Road Warriors to Advance to CIHL Championship
February 17 -- Rampage make ready for Round Two showdown with River Kings
February 14 -- Rampage scored early and often as Prince Rupert advances to second round of CIHL playoffs
February 10 -- Playoff hockey tonight at the Jim, as Rampage look to advance to Second Round
February 6 -- Rampage hold off Kitimat comeback to take 1-0 series lead in CIHL opening round
February 2 -- Rampage and Ice Demons set for reunion, as CIHL sets playoff match ups


January 31 -- Defensive play not a focus for regular season finale for Steelheads and Rampage
January 25 -- Smithers mount impressive comeback to claim Overtime victory over Rampage
January 17 -- Stampeders double up on Rampage in physical Saturday night showdown
January 14 -- Rampage face high flying Stamps in CIHL action at the Jim tonight
January 12 -- 17 goals, in less than 24 hours in back to back weekend shut outs for the Rampage
January 6 -- Push to playoff time starts with back to back games for the Rampage


December 15 -- Ring in the New Year with the Rampage 
December 14 -- Rampage wrap up 2016 with 5-3 loss to Smithers
December 9 -- Rampage look to home ice advantage for bounce back game against Steelheads
December 8 -- Ramapge Fund Raisers for Salvation Army Food Bank set for Saturday and Sunday
December 6 -- River Kings continue to dominate Rampage with 7-2 Saturday night win 
December 2 -- Rampage return to the road for final regular season showdown with River Kings


November 29 -- Rampage gain hard earned split on road trip to Cariboo
November 25 -- Cariboo calling for the Prince Rupert Rampage
November 18 -- Rampage look to remain on a winning track with Terrace back in town this weekend
November 9 -- Rampage back on track with convincing victory over Quesnel
November 4 -- Rampage working to reverse recent results as Quesnel arrives for Saturday night match up


October 31 -- Rampage take road loss in Smithers visit
October 28 -- Rampage return to the rink with road trek to Smithers
October 17 -- River Kings claim some revenge with Saturday night victory at the Jim
October 14 -- Rampage look to keep October momentum rolling on Saturday night
October 11 -- Rampage jump to 2-0 start with road victory in Terrace
October 7 -- A CIHL championship will mean a journey North for the Rampage
October 7 -- Rampage look to build on week one success with road trek to Terrace


September 30 -- Ramapge set to drop the puck on 2016-17 season with Kitimat in town Saturday
September 19 -- Prince Rupert Rampage to celebrate life of Dr. Frank Pyde with Exhibition Charity game with Terrace this weekend
September 16 -- Rampage counting down the days to Season Debut October 1


August 12 -- Rampage Regular Season Home Opener debuts October 1st
August  5 -- Popular hockey camp start date fast approaching


Items of interest from other regional sources

March 13 -- River Kings win CIHL championship -- Rathjen named MVP
March 12 -- River Kings best Stamps in CIHL playoff final
March 12 -- River Kings at top of Central Interior Hockey League
March 6 -- Stampeders to host fundraising St. Patrick's Day Dinner, Dance and Auction
March 5 -- River Kings take 2-4 hit, two games to go
March 1 -- River Kings skate into CIHL finals

February 27 -- River Kings, Stampeders to Meet in Final
February 26 -- Stampeders advance to CIHL playoff final
February 22 -- Rampage drop opener against Terrace
February 21 -- Stamps to play first home playoff game Saturday
February 20 -- River Kings defeat Rampage to Open Second Round of Playoffs
February 15 -- Rampage eliminate Ice Demons
February 10 -- First Round of playoffs ends this weekend
February 8 -- Rampage win playoff opener in Kitimat
February 5 -- Steelheads, Rampage Draw first Blood in Playoffs
February 2 -- River Kings skid into third after three-way points tie
February 1 -- Rampage wrap up regular season with a loss

January 31 -- Stamps close out regular season in tie atop CIHL standings
January 24 -- Rampage cough up lead, fall in overtime
January 19 -- Stamps take two on weekend
January 17 -- Stampeders drop Rampage
January 17 -- Terrace River Kings defeated 5-3 by Steelheads
January 12 -- Stamps take to road for two games this weekend
January 12 -- Rampage perfect in shutout weekend
January 6 -- Battle for second heats up as Steelheads visit River Kings
January 5 -- River Kings to battle tie-breaker Saturday

December 22 -- Stamps enter holiday break atop standings
December 17 -- Sharpen hockey skills with Terrace River Kings
December 16 -- Steelheads will collect money for Food Bank during Saturday's Battle with win-lee Ice Demons
December 15 -- Overseeing the action
December 15 -- Stamps fans win prize pack
December 15 -- Late Rampage Rally falls short
December 15 -- Stamps fall to 'Roos on teddy toss night
December 13 -- Terrace River Kings conquer again
December 13 -- Stampeders Teddy Bear Toss
December 6 -- Stamps bounce Kangaroos in home-ice win
December 6 -- Stamps fans help couple in medical emergency
December 6 -- River Kings conquer the Rampage 7-2 

November 29 -- Stampeders take two wins to extend CIHL lead
November 29 -- River Kings Triumph over Steelheads, tied for second in CIHL
November 28 -- Steelheads downed 6-2 by Rival River Kings in Terrace
November 28 -- CIHL: River Kings Tie Steelheads for Second place after weekend action
November 24 -- Sangha finds a home with Stampeders
November 23 -- River Kings claim two victories
November 23 -- Rampage fall to River Kings in double Overtime
November 15 -- Stamps suffer first loss of the season in Smithers
November 15 -- River Kings take 5-4 overtime loss
November 14 -- Rampage demolish Ice Demons
November 8 -- River Kings suffer tight overtime loss
November 8 -- Rampage back in the win column
November 3 -- Rupert's hockey captain
November 2 -- Rampage fall to Smithers, lose second straight


October 31 -- Smithers' sleeping beauties awaken to quell Rampage
October 31 -- Steelheads Defeat Rampage; Ice Demons continue to struggle
October 30 -- Stampeders continue winning ways with win over Ice Demons
October 26 -- Road victory strengthens River Kings
October 25 -- Stampeders still undefeated in CIHL
October 24 -- Ice Demons Lose Home Opener to Steelheads
October 18 -- Rampage fall to Terrace in rough affair
October 17 -- River Kings, Steelheads Chalk Up Weekend Victories
October 14 -- River Kings get big boost offensively with former NHL draft pick
October 12 -- Quensel Kangaroos denied request for Financial Help
October 11 -- Stamps unbeaten after two games
October 11 -- River Kings ready for rematch in Prince Rupert
October 11 -- Ramapge spoil River Kings home opener; Steelheads Have Rough weekend in Cariboo
October 11 -- Rampage beat Terrace, move to 2-0
October 5 -- Fort St. John Flyers lose bid to host 2017 Coy Cup
October 4 -- River Kings take 5-2 loss in first game
October 4 -- Rampage win gritty season opener
October 3 -- CIHL - Steelheads Season Opener (video)
October 3 -- Smithers Steelheads start season with 5-2 victory over rival Terrace River Kings
October 3 -- Steelheads, Rampage win Home Openers


September 30 -- Quensel's new arena takes shape
September 28 -- Rampage winners in exhition game
September 26 -- Night to remember in Prince Rupert
September 22 -- Terrace River Kings gear up for new season


August 26 -- Rupert kids impress Lemire at hockey camp
August 17 -- Rampage home schedule released

Archive of past years


Saskatchewan farmers, government officials have concerns on transportation and labour issues at Prince Rupert terminal

Saskatchewan farmers and government
officials are keeping an eye on
transportation and labour issues related
to the transportation of grain this fall
Farmers across Canada's western provinces face any number of challenges when it comes to bring in the crops and get them to market. From drought to sudden rain and wind issues to transportation bottle necks the shift from growing season to shipment time is  now on the radar for provincial officials in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta.

For the Saskatchewan government the ability of Canadian National and Canadian Pacific to get grain and other crops to port facilities on the west coast is once again capturing some of their focus.

In a number of media opportunities over the last few days, Saskatchewan's Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart offered up some thoughts on the stresses that the rail system has faced in the past, noting that with a strong crop year on track for shipment for this fall, Canada's transportation system will need to be at peak efficiency to get the crop to shipment terminals.

Both railways have offered up their reassurances to the Saskatchewan government that they are more than ready to accept and deliver the anticipated large volumes that could be on the way for this fall.

Grain Cars on a siding at the Prince Rupert waterfront 

Stewart also noted that he's keeping an eye on potential labour troubles at the Port of Prince Rupert, observing that there is the potential for a labour disruption on the North Coast heading into the fall.

In comments to a Saskatoon based news site, the Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister noted that Saskatchewan officials had received information that employees on the North Coast had provided their union with a strike mandate to back contract talks.

With the need to ship crops to world markets without any lengthy delays, the Saskatchewan agriculture minister is already encouraging the Federal Government to consider back to work legislation, just in case the worst case scenario of a west coast port shutdown should come to pass.

Some of the concerns over the shipment of crops from Saskatchewan to terminals on the west coast can be found below:

August 11 -- Saskatchewan warns railways to be ready to transport larger-than-average crop
August 11 -- Rail companies say they're ready for large grain crop
August 10 -- Ag Minister Stewart warning feds, grain companies, railways to get ready for above-average crop

Some of our past notes on CN operations on the North Coast can be found here, while more background on items of interest from Prince Rupert Grain can be reviewed on our archive page.

No extension planned for Pacific NorthWest LNG CEAA review

The target is still mid October for the
CEAA Report on the proposed
Pacific NorthWest LNG
Terminal at Lelu Island

(artist visual from
Pacific NW LNG website
October will remain the target for delivery for the highly anticipated CEAA report on the Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal proposal, as the Federal environmental review agency has reportedly informed two groups requesting more time that there will be no extension provided towards delivering their findings.

The Globe and Mail reported the latest development in the Pacific NorthWest LNG review process on Wednesday, noting that the federal review agency had advised the Gitanyow First Nation and former Lax Kw'alaams Mayor Garry Reece that they were holding to their schedule with the report to be handed off to the Federal Cabinet by mid October.

 In the same article Globe and Mail reporter Brent Jang observed that the CEAA had offered assurances that the proposed Terminal project would not ruin the salmon catches of British Columbia Aboriginals who fish upstream on the Skeena River.

The full article can be reviewed here.

It was the second Globe article in recent which weeks which indicated that the proposed terminal posed a low risk to B.C's salmon habitat, with this July 28th item outlining the background to a submission from the Department of Oceans and Fisheries on the theme of impact on fish.

With the finish line in sight for the lengthy review process that has marked the timeline of the Pacific NorthWest LNG project, once the report is delivered to the Federal Cabinet the Liberal Government of Justin Trudeau, the Federal government will then provide their decision on the major industrial proposal for the North Coast.

That however won't be the final word on whether the project moves forward or faces further delay.

As we noted on the blog earlier this month, officials from Petronas energy, the Malaysian parent company of Pacific NorthWest LNG confirmed recent rumours that they will be conducting their own review of all the components of the proposed development, once that Federal decision has been delivered.

You can review the many twists and turns on the story that has dominated the North Coast's imagination from our archive page here.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Showtime for McChesney as UBC faces Charlotte 49ers

Prince Rupert's Justin McChesney could see his first action with the UBC Thunderbird basketball program tonight as the T-Birds take on the Charlotte 49ers at the UBC Gym.

The Charles Hays Rainmaker grad has been down in Vancouver  this week going through the paces with the Thunderbird coaching staff, as the launch of the 2016-17 CIS basketball season gets closer to start time.

As we outlined on the blog in May, McChesney signed with the T-Birds in June, joining the high profile Canadian university program with an eye on a CIS championship for 2017.

His decision to stay with in his home province and take to the court with the T-Birds was examined in a feature story in the Vancouver Province in late May.

The step up into the higher level of competition of the CIS will mark the next step in development for the highly touted player from the Prince Rupert basketball scene and provides a blue print for other players from the Rainmaker program to follow as they prepare for the Northwest basketball season.
Justin McChesney working out with the UBC Thunderbirds
this week in Vancouver, the T-Birds tip off against Charlotte 
tonight at the UBC Gym
(supplied photo)

The 49ers, the opposition for tonight are led by head coach Mark Price a four time NBA all star who is leading the basketball program at the North Carolina university.

Some background the squad from the Charlotte campus can be reviewed here.

The North Carolina team has been highlighting their travels in British Columbia as part of their Twitter feed.

They continue their basketball tour with a match up against the University of Victoria Vikings on Monday, August 15th.

A preview of tonight's match up can be found on the UBC website

Tonight's match up is available for streaming through the CanadaWest portal, with tip off set for 6:55 PM.

As the 2016-17 sports season gets underway you can find our notes on the travels of those from Prince Rupert on our archive page here. As we have in the past, we will be on the look out for those from the North Coast that have move on to other areas to pursue their sports.

Updates will be part of the ongoing process as the various sports prepare for their season through the fall and winter months. You can offer up a heads up on who is going where through our twitter feed or contact us by email at .

Update:  Notes on the T-Birds match up with the 49ers of Thursday night

Justin McChesney makes his Thunderbird debut against explosive Charlotte 49ers

Rupertites involved in Sports away from the North Coast 2016-17

Our ongoing archive of notes on those athletes that have left the North Coast to attend university or play in leagues in other locations in North America.

Below is our listing of the current athletes that we know of to this point, that have taken their talents to other locales as part of their university or college experiences. We will offer up items of note on their travels as we come across them during the course of the upcoming sports seasons.

Updates will be part of the ongoing process as the various sports prepare for their season through the fall and winter months. You can offer up a heads up on who, is going where through our twitter feed or contact us by email at .

Our notes on those Rupertites and others from the Northwest playing in the various levels of Junior hockey can be found here.



Justin McCeshney UBC Thunderbirds
(photo from UBC T-Bird website)

Justin McChesney

UBC Thunderbirds  (CIS)

Team Website

UBC Thunderbird News items 2016-17

January 6 -- Huskies hand 'Birds first defeat of season
January 6 -- Birds take winning streak to Saskatchewan
January 3 -- Broken foot dampens debut of UBC's dual sport star Parker Simpson

December 30 -- T-Birds toppled in overtime
December 29 -- UBC Men's basketball 1-1 after opening two days in Phoenix
December 22 -- Justin McChesney soaking in the tempo of the High Flying Thunder Birds  NCR
December 5 -- Men's basketball extinguish the Heat 96-48, extend record to 8-0
December 4 -- UBC Thunderbirds basketball teams combine for perfect 16-0 record at conference break
December 3 -- T-birds' depth and defence douses Heat
December 2 -- Thunderbirds score early and often in win over UBCO
December 1 -- Thunderbirds take unbeaten streak into weekend match-up with UBCO

November 30 -- Men's basketball defeat Victoria Vikes over weekend
November 29 -- Thunderbirds of the Week: Damaged digits don't detract from Conor Morgan joining nation's hoop elite
November 29 -- 'Birds strike down Victoria Vikes in double overtime
November 27 -- Conor Morgan's career high gets 'Birds pas Vikes
November 25 -- Make it a high five for the Thunderbirds to start season
November 24 -- Sunday matinee at War Memorial Gym highlights home-and-home series with UVic
November 21 -- UBC T-Birds expecting "Big Things" from young rookies including Justin McChesney  NCR
November 1 -- Ready to roll in 2016-17 the "Birds make trek to Kamloops for season tip-off"
November 20 -- 'Birds swoop in to snatch victory from Bisons
November 20 -- 'Birds continue winning streak as they sweep Manitoba Bisons over weekend
November 19 -- Too little, too late for Bisons as UBC hangs on to defeat Manitoba
November 16 -- UBC hosts Manitoba in U Sports home opener
November 14 -- Deep Thunderbirds roster looks to put it all together in 2016-17
November 12 -- Thunderbirds bounce back to take down Beacons
November 11 -- 'Birds battle but fall in overtime to Beacons
November 10 -- The Thunderbirds welcome the NAIA's Northwest Christian to UBC
November 5 -- T-Birds down TRU to sweep first weekend doubleheader of the season
November 5 -- Will Ondrik stars on both ends of the court in big UBC win
November 1 -- Ready to roll in 2016-17 the 'Birds make trek to Kamloops for season tip-off

October 29 -- Clash of Thunder sees 'Birds beat Wolves' in final exhibition game
October 28 -- UBC the better birds in blowout win over Golden Hawks
October 28 -- Potential Prince Rupert reunion at UBC tournament this weekend NCR
October 26 -- 'Tough and explosive' teams from Ontario look to cool off T-Birds at UBC invitational
October 17 -- T-Birds overpower Cascades 84-62, second straight win of preseason
October 14 -- 'Birds continue to fill the cup but defence still in preseason mode
October 12 -- Pronghorns are the Thunderbirds first CIS opponent of 2016
October 10 -- Men's basketball run the Seattle Mountaineers out of the War Memorial at 87-66
October 7 -- UBC climbs over Seattle in pre-season victory

September 11 -- John Dumont former UBC, Fighting Irish hoops star leaves big shoes to fill
September 2 -- John Dumont (1976-2016)

August 29 -- John Dumont: The people you meet along the way
August 23 -- McChesney a role model for Prince Rupert kids
August 18 -- Six-year old super fan Hudson Veldman has night of his life at War Memorial Gym
August 16 -- McChesney impresses in his UBC debut
August 12 -- Justin McChesney makes his Thunderbird debut against explosive Charotte 49ers
August 11 -- Showtime for McChesney as UBC faces Charlotte 49ers NCR
August 9 -- The Price is Right! Former NBA star Mark Price brings his Charlotte 49ers to UBC

May 25 -- Justin McChesney makes UBC T-Birds his post secondary choice! NCR


Kyler Eckess  TRU Wolfpack
(photo from TRU Wolfpack website)
Kyler Eckess

Thompson Rivers Wolfpack (U Sports)

Team Website

Thompson Rivers Wolfpack News Items 2016-17

January 7 -- Streak over for Wolfpack Men's basketball team
January 7 -- WolfPack Men's Basketball Winning Streak Over at 4: Lose to Vikes
January 6 -- WolfPack basketball returns this weekend
January 6 -- WolfPack continue to weather adversity
January 5 -- WolfPack Men's Basketball Kick Off Four Game home stand
January 4 -- Underdog Reece proving his mettle

December 31 -- Men's WolfPack Basketball celebrate back-to-back wins
December 30 -- WolfPack Men's Basketball Win Second in a Row in California
December 29 -- WolfPack Men's Basketball Open up Holiday Tournament with Win
December 21 -- Eckess and WolfPack hoping to climb the rankings into second half of U Sports season NCR
December 15 -- WolfPack Fans, it's time to brush up on your math
December 13 -- River City Nissan Contributes to WolfPack Adopt an Athlete
December 13 -- WolfPack Put Together Christmas Video
December 8 -- WolfPack Men's Basketball: Xmas Tradition at New Life Community
December 8 -- WolfPack talk season at halfway mark
December 4 -- WolfPack men's basketball sweep Timberwolves
December 3 -- WolfPack Men's Basketball Enter Xmas Break on 4 Game Winning Streak
December 3 -- WolfPack men's basketball extend winning streak
December 3 -- WolfPack Men Extend Winning Streak to Three with Win over  UNBC
December 3  -- UNBC MBB Fall short against WolfPack
December 3 -- WolfPack men win in Prince George
December 1 -- WolfPack Men's Basketball to Face Red Hot UNBC Squad

November 29 -- Breakout Season - Kamloops product Davis pitching in with WolfPack
November 28 -- Iegorov Named Canada West 3rd Star of Week
November 27 -- Strong night of basketball for WolfPack
November 27 -- Wolfpack basketball teams rebound with wins
November 26 -- Mixed start to the weekend for WolfPack Basketball
November 26 -- WolfPack Men's Basketball sweep UBCO at Home
November 26 -- WolfPack Men win at TCC
November 25 -- WolfPack Eek past Heat for Second Canada West Men's Basketball Victory
November 23 -- WolfPack Men's Basketball Look to Notch Victories at Home vs UBCO
November 20 -- WolfPack basketball teams winless in weekend tournament
November 19 -- Wolf Pack Men's Basketball Swept in Alberta
November 19 -- Pandas, Golden Bears take out Wolves
November 18 -- WolfPack Men's Basketball Drop 3 Point Decision to Golden Bears
November 17 -- WolfPack Men's Basketball with Yet another Stiff Challenge vs Alberta
November 13 -- TRU hoops squad split in Manitoba
November 12 -- Team Effort Propels WolfPack Men's Basketball to First CW Victory
November 11 -- Bisons Hand WolfPack Men's Basketball Third Loss of Year
November 10 -- WolfPack U.S. players weigh in on Trump
November 9 -- WolfPack Men's Basketball Look for First Victory in Manitoba
November 8 -- WolfPack Athletes Saying "Thank You" to Donors
November 8 -- Pack weigh in on new-look Canada West
November 5 -- WolfPack Men's Basketball Play Better But Suffer Same Fate
November 5 -- WolfPack basketball teams winless on opening weekend
November 5 -- TRU basketball teams lose to UBC in season opener
November 4 -- WolfPack men's basketball team aiming high
November 3 --  WolfPack set to Battle UBC in Opening Weekend of Canada West Men's Hoops
November 3 --  WolfPack basketball moving forward in new look Canada West
November 2 -- WolfPack basketball teams ranked as playoff club

October 28 -- Potential Prince Rupert reunion at UBC tournament this weekend NCR
October 27 -- WolfPack Men's Basketball End Pre-Season with victory
October 26 -- WolfPack Men's Basketball wind up Pre Season vs Lakehead
October 22 -- WolfPack Men's Basketball win first Exhibition of the Year Taking Spartans
October 15 -- Another Exhibition: Another Overtime Loss for TRU's Men's Basketball
October 14 -- WolfPack Men's Basketball Opens Pre-Season with Overtime Set Back
October 13 -- WolfPack Men's Basketball to See First Exhibition Action of Season

September 30 -- Men's Basketball Do 'Bang-Up Job' at Beattie Elementary Fox Run
September 29 -- 2016 WolfPack Scholarship Breakfast: A success
September 29 -- 'I actually Didn't make the first team I tried out for'
September 29 -- Dufferin Elementary: Terry Fox run visited by MBB and WVB
September 27 -- WolfPack Men's Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball All Help 2016 Raise A Reader
September 21 -- WolfPack and NBA Star Combine Forces in Starting Youth Development League


Celina Guadagni VIU Mariners
(photo from VIU Mariners website)

Celina Guadagni

VIU Mariners (CCAA)

Team Website

VIU Mariner's News items 2016-17

January 26 -- Just a ball and a hoop: Celina Guadagni
January 1 -- VIU wins twice at own tourney
January 1 -- VIU Wins Twice at own tournament
January 1 -- Basketball Weekend

December 27 -- VIU women back in gym for tourney
December 20 -- Guadagni and the Mariners hold 4-2 record heading to CCBA Christmas break  NCR
December 15 -- Mariners poised to make a push in PacWest
December 4 -- Christmas Women's Basketball tournament

November 7 -- Mariners basketball wins one
November 2 -- Celina Guadagni provides the pace for VIU Mariners in season opener win NCR

October 31 -- VIU basketball home openers in pictures
October 31 -- Women's basketball Rewind week 1
October 30 -- VIU basketball teams win their home openers
October 27 -- Season preview: VIU women showing toughness already
October 12 -- VIU Mariners women close in exhibition losses
October 6 -- VIU women's basketball making gains early on
October 6 -- Thanksgiving basketball camp helps out kids


Sarah McChesney

TRU WolfPack  Swimming - coaching (U Sports)

Team Website

TRU WolfPack News items 2016-17

December 28 -- Swimming was my love

December 13 -- WolfPack put together Christmas video
December 11 -- 24th Annual MJB Law Invitational Swim meet
December 9 -- Uppal recognized by TRU Board of Governors
December 8 -- WolfPack Swimming secures Sylvan Lake Twins
December 13 -- WolfPack wraps MJB
December 6 -- Rusnell Ripping in Return

November 29 -- WolfPack eighth at UBC
November 27 -- WolfPack Make Progress at CanadaWest Championships
November 27 -- Uppal Wins Canada West Swimming honour for 2nd time
November 23 -- WolfPack Swimming Gear up for Canada West Championships
November 7 -- WolfPack Swimming sixth in Vernon
November 7 -- Rusnell Qualifies for CanadaWest Championships: WolfPack Women's Swim Excel

October 16 -- WolfPack Swimming Opens Season at Penticton Iron Pentathalon
October 13 -- Jagdeesh all in for the swim (video)
October 11 -- Young talks swimming as Pack debuts
September 20 -- Media Day for Swimming and Cross Country


Other Northwest Student-Athletes for 2016-17
By Home Community


Carly Davies, Mount Royal, Women's Volleyball
Cassidy Kitchen, Mount Royal, Women's Basketball
Marcus McKay, UNBC, Men's Basketball


Bill Marshall, Mount Royal, Men's Hockey
Trent Monkman, Thompson Rivers, Men's Basketball
Robin Price, Thompson Rivers, Women's Soccer
Alexandra Schell, University of Saskatchewan, Wrestling


Skylar Pacheco, Brock, Men's Hockey
Paige Payne, UNBC, Women's Soccer
Kelsey Roberts, University of Calgary, Women's Hockey


Jaime Beck , University of Victoria, Women's Rugby
Rebecca Ellis, University of Saskatchewan, Wrestling

Fort Fraser

Damien Ketlo, University of Lethbridge, Men's Hockey

Fort St. James

Jackson Playfair, Dalhousie, Men's Hockey

Sarah McChesney


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