Friday, November 18, 2022

Northwest Minor hockey grads spread out across North America in pursuit of their sport

For many Northwest hockey players, the journey began at 
local rinks like the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre, where the road
has led for some can be reviewed below

From the Northwest corner of British Columbia the roads have led to many communities across Canada and the United Sates, with a strong contingent of hockey players for the mens' and women's game finding a new home to continue their love of the game.

Whether it's a range of different Junior leagues, University hockey or the final steps before moving on to both of the previous, the competition forged across the region through minor hockey programs is paying off on the ice in small and large communities every night.

We did a little digging and while we suspect we probably have missed a few names along the way; we have compiled a bit of a thumbnail sketch as to who is playing where for 2022-23.

From our notes so far (the project an ongoing evolution we hope) we have found seven players with ties to Prince Rupert competing in some form of competitive hockey situation, from NCAA Tier III to preparation leagues for Junior or University hockey.

Across the rest of the region, the volumes are as follows:

Terrace has four that we have discovered to date, Kitimat has sent five forward to new challenges.

Smithers and Houston have each seen four players in total move on to further hockey adventures, while to the farthest reaches of the Northwest, Fort St. James and Vanderhoof combine to bring their total to five  for those skating in far flung locations.

Many of the names may be familiar from the past minor hockey tournaments across the Northwest, where the local programs provided for the earliest of training towards the journey that is now underway.

You can review the full list here,  complete with a link to the Stats/Bio pages for each of the athletes on rosters this year. 

As we noted at the top, despite our best intentions, there's a good chance we've missed a names and if so you can lend a hand to help add to the record.

If you know of a regional player we may have missed, drop us a line at or through our twitter feed, and we'll add the player to our listings.

You can also add a name and link in the comments below if you wish.

To follow those who may be making the migration in years to come follow our PRMHA/Northwest Minor Hockey archive.

The Hockey listings serve as a companion piece to our notes of earlier this week which tracked Northwest athletes that have moved on to a number University sports across Canada and the USA.

That archive is available here.

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