Congratulations to the Campbell River Storm

Congratulations to the Campbell River Storm for winning their 10th Vancouver Island Hockey League (VIJHL) championship on Saturday.

Saturday’s Game 7 victory against the Saanich Braves was the second season in a row that the Storm came from behind to grasp title No. 10. That’s 10 titles in the 20-year existence of the team!

Now, many of those victories – seven in a row, in fact – came in the first years of the team when it sent early notice to all the other teams in the league that the Campbell River Storm takes its hockey seriously. Prior to the Storm’s existence, the VIJHL was seen as a league for junior-aged players no longer with Junior A and Major-junior leagues.

Now the league is seen as a legitimate developer of talent and skill and can serve as a stepping stone to Junior A and even major-junior leagues or to college and university hockey. League players – the Storm included – have placed players in college and university programs in the United States and Canada, parlaying their hockey into a post-secondary education, a worthwhile benefit. Other players have enjoyed the thrill of achieving success with teammates in the sport they love and at a high level.

The Storm is also serving as a mechanism for developing hockey talent in the Campbell River area. Young “homegrown” players, so to speak, aspire to playing for the Storm, again, seeing it as a place to play the game at a high level and perhaps translate it into something that will benefit their lives through education or other opportunities. The existence of a successful team with high standards set by quality coaching and management has an up-draft effect on the level of talent in minor hockey. And many local players are getting opportunities to play high-level hockey in their home town. A win-win situation if ever there was one.

So, congratulations, again, to the players, coaches, management, staff and owners of the Campbell River Storm on a successful season.

Whether we artificially a role in a team or an athlete or it’s just an inherent consequence, sports come to represent broader human attributes and traits, good and bad, rightly or wrongly. The Storm represents this community in the region and beyond and the image being presented is one of success and unity, worthwhile traits by which any community would like to be identified.

Meanwhile, the fun isn’t over, the Campbell River Storm now set off on a quest to secure the Cyclone Taylor Cup, emblematic of the British Columbia provincial Junior B hockey championship, on April 12-15 in Richmond.

Go get ‘em guys!

Just Posted

Fishing in Campbell River is heating up…in more ways than one

Both the weather and the fishing conditions have been heating up around… Continue reading

New exhibits at Campbell River Art Gallery unsettle Canadian landscapes

Territorial Acknowledgements and Horizon Felt run until Sept. 5

Helicopter deployed during busy night for Campbell River Search and Rescue

Two incidents in one day ‘not rare’: CRSAR manager

Bylaw enforcement office opens in downtown Campbell River

‘Checkpoint for RCMP’ meant to increase safety

Inside the music: step behind the curtain at the venerable Vancouver Island Music Festival

Big Read: VIMF in the Comox Valley exemplifies the spirit of an Island summer music festival

BC Games: Day 3 wrap and closing ceremonies

The torch in the Cowichan Valley has been extinguished as Fort St. John gets ready to host the 2020 BC Winter Games

Police confirm girl, 8 others injured in Toronto shooting; shooter dead

Paramedics said many of the victims in Danforth, including a child, were rushed to trauma centres

Why do they do it? Coaches guide kids to wins, personal bests at the BC Games

Behind the 2,300 B.C. athletes are the 450 coaches who dedicate time to help train, compete

Government sets full-time salary range for Justin Trudeau’s nanny

At its top range, the order works out to a rate of $21.79 per hour, assuming a 40-hour work week

Lower Mainland teams battle for baseball gold at BC Games

Vancouver Coastal squeaked out a 3-2 win against Fraser Valley

The Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw people signed an agreement-in-principle with the B.C. government

The signing ceremony, at the Eliza Archie Memorial School, was 25 years in the making

Canada to resettle dozens of White Helmets and their families from Syria

There are fears the volunteers would become a target for government troops

Francesco Molinari wins British Open at Carnoustie

It is his first win at a major and the first by an Italian

Recovery high schools could help teens before addiction takes hold: B.C. parents

Schools could provide mental health supports and let parents discuss their children’s drug use openly

Most Read