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Peninsula Panthers and Kerry Park Islanders players battle during a Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League game in November 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

VIJHL pulls plug on 2020-21 season

‘It seemed that this is the time to make this decision’

 

Kerry Park forward Dawson Elzinga slides the puck past a Westshore Wolves defender during a VIJHL game last October. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League remains hopeful about 2020-21 season

Annual awards are cancelled, but league wants to resume season if possible

 

The Westshore Wolves, along with eight other Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League teams, have been off the ice since last November due to pandemic-related restrictions. The league is awaiting the next round of public health orders, due this week, to plan its next moves. (Black Press Media file photo)

Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League awaits next public health order

Junior B league on pause since November due to COVID restrictions

  • Feb 1, 2021

 

The Kerry Park Islanders and Peninsula Panthers battle during a Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League game in November 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League hasn’t given up on season

Games can’t resume until at least February, but league brass still hopeful

The Kerry Park Islanders and Peninsula Panthers battle during a Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League game in November 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Reid Fitzpatrick and the Kerry Park Islanders haven’t played since Nov. 20 but the league hopes to get them back in action next week. (Citizen file)
Reid Fitzpatrick and the Kerry Park Islanders haven’t played since Nov. 20 but the league hopes to get them back in action next week. (Citizen file)
Reid Fitzpatrick and the Kerry Park Islanders haven’t played since Nov. 20. (Citizen file)

Kerry Park Islanders pause season due to COVID orders

Safety and solidarity with older players named as reasons

Reid Fitzpatrick and the Kerry Park Islanders haven’t played since Nov. 20. (Citizen file)
VIJHL in action. (file photo)

VIJHL suspends season until Jan. 10

Provincial health order preventing 19- and 20-year-olds from skating

VIJHL in action. (file photo)
The VIJHL's Kerry Park Islanders' games have been cancelled due to COVID-19.

Isles victorious before league shutdown

The Kerry Park Islanders were able to sneak in one last game…

The VIJHL's Kerry Park Islanders' games have been cancelled due to COVID-19.
Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League has halted all games until further notice based on B.C. public health officer orders and information from B.C. Hockey. Pictured here, action between Nanaimo and Campbell River from last March. (News Bulletin file)

VIJHL hits pause on season due to COVID-19 orders

All games postponed beginning Nov. 21, says hockey league

Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League has halted all games until further notice based on B.C. public health officer orders and information from B.C. Hockey. Pictured here, action between Nanaimo and Campbell River from last March. (News Bulletin file)
Kerry Park Islanders goalie Bailey Monteith keeps a close eye on the puck during the third period of his team’s loss to the Westshore Wolves last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Back end solid, but Kerry Park offence fizzles

Isles muster one goal in back-to-back close losses

Kerry Park Islanders goalie Bailey Monteith keeps a close eye on the puck during the third period of his team’s loss to the Westshore Wolves last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Kerry Park Islanders players celebrate a goal in a game earlier this season. (Citizen file)

Three-goal first propels Kerry Park Islanders to win over Wolves

Monteith makes 40-plus saves for second straight game

Kerry Park Islanders players celebrate a goal in a game earlier this season. (Citizen file)
Kerry Park Islanders defenceman Taylor Webb emerges with the puck from a scrum along the boards during Saturday’s home game against the Saanich Predators. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Optimized results keep Kerry Park Islanders rolling

Several forwards hitting or nearing career highs just six games into season

Kerry Park Islanders defenceman Taylor Webb emerges with the puck from a scrum along the boards during Saturday’s home game against the Saanich Predators. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Kerry Park’s Dawson Elzinga slides the puck past a Westshore defender to help set up Jackson Egan’s goal in the Islanders 8-6’ win over the Wolves last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Third-period surge gets Isles past Westshore

Three players earn four points each in Kerry Park victory

Kerry Park’s Dawson Elzinga slides the puck past a Westshore defender to help set up Jackson Egan’s goal in the Islanders 8-6’ win over the Wolves last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Kerry Park Islanders defenceman Connor Vanden Hueval eludes a Saanich Predators player during the Isles’ 2020-21 home opener on Saturday, Oct. 3. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Young Isles earn split to open season

Kerry Park beats Saanich in home opener

Kerry Park Islanders defenceman Connor Vanden Hueval eludes a Saanich Predators player during the Isles’ 2020-21 home opener on Saturday, Oct. 3. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Kerry Park Islanders hopefuls take part in a training camp scrimmage in August. (Citizen file)

Kerry Park Islanders open regular season this weekend

Intersquad game boosted profile for some players

Kerry Park Islanders hopefuls take part in a training camp scrimmage in August. (Citizen file)
The Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League is set to begin its 50th consecutive season on Oct. 1 pending final approval from local health authorities and viaSport. File photo by Marissa Tiel – Campbell River Mirror

Jr. B season could start Oct. 1, says VIJHL president

League awaiting final approval from local health authorities and viaSport

The Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League is set to begin its 50th consecutive season on Oct. 1 pending final approval from local health authorities and viaSport. File photo by Marissa Tiel – Campbell River Mirror
The Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) is working to finalize a start date for the upcoming Island Junior B hockey season. In this file photo, the Campbell River Storm celebrate their ninth win in a row during regular season Junior B action at the Rod Brind’Amour Arena in Campbell River, B.C. on Jan. 3, 2020. The Storm beat the Generals 1-0. File photo by Marissa Tiel – Campbell River Mirror

VIJHL finalizing cohort groups and schedules for upcoming season

Start date is still unknown, but should be announced in the coming weeks, says league

The Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) is working to finalize a start date for the upcoming Island Junior B hockey season. In this file photo, the Campbell River Storm celebrate their ninth win in a row during regular season Junior B action at the Rod Brind’Amour Arena in Campbell River, B.C. on Jan. 3, 2020. The Storm beat the Generals 1-0. File photo by Marissa Tiel – Campbell River Mirror
All-star defenceman Matt Baird is among the players confirmed to be returning from last year’s Kerry Park Islanders team. (Citizen file)

Under new ownership, Cowichan’s Isles prepare for 2020-21

The Isles have gone through some ups and downs in recent seasons

All-star defenceman Matt Baird is among the players confirmed to be returning from last year’s Kerry Park Islanders team. (Citizen file)
Islanders defenceman Matt Baird recovers the puck from a Generals player in the offensive zone during last Sunday’s playoff game at Kerry Park Arena. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Kerry Park Islanders bow out of playoffs

‘I’m proud of the kids,’ says Islanders owner

Islanders defenceman Matt Baird recovers the puck from a Generals player in the offensive zone during last Sunday’s playoff game at Kerry Park Arena. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Kerry Park Islanders defenceman Zach Blanchard helps an Oceanside player to the ice during Wednesday night’s playoff game. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Penalties, poor luck problematic for Isles

Kerry Park playing well in playoffs, still haven’t beaten Oceanside

Kerry Park Islanders defenceman Zach Blanchard helps an Oceanside player to the ice during Wednesday night’s playoff game. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)