The Kimberley Dynamiters championship season has come to a close.
The Nitros earned a bronze medal at BC’s Junior B Championship, the Cyclone Taylor Cup, on Sunday after being crowned KIJHL Champions one week prior.
It’s the second time in four years Kimberley has medaled at the Cyclone Taylor Cup.
Head Coach Derek Stuart says it was a remarkable season.
“People throughout the KIJHL thought we should win the league or had a very good shot at it anyways so to do all of that when the expectations are there and when other teams are bringing their A-game every single night I think that just makes it more special.”
Overall – the Dynamiters finished their 2017-18 campaign with 56 wins, 14 losses, one tie and two overtime losses.
Kimberley claimed the Eddie Mountain Division regular season title, the Eddie Mountain Division playoff title and the Kootenay Conference title on their way to being crowned champions of the entire Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.
The end of the season signals the end of junior hockey for 1997-born players James Farmer, Nicholas Ketola, Mason Palaga, Devon Langelaar and captain Brett Roberts.
“It’s the best group [of overagers] I’ve ever been a part of in Junior A or Junior B in terms of their importance to the team on and off the ice.” says Stuart. “Their importance on the ice is enormous but I think off the ice those five guys did a great job leading this hockey team to a championship this season.”
Stuart – who has been coaching in the Midget AA level and above since 2004 – says this is the best group of players he’s ever had the chance to coach.
“This is by far my favourite hockey team I’ve been a part of and one of the most successful as well.” explains Stuart. “It’s definitely a year we’ll always remember and a group of hockey players and coaches that will probably be close together and have a bond for the rest of our lives.”
– Derek Stuart, Kimberley Dynamiters Head Coach