Super Series trifecta

Sam Reinhart and Rinat Valiev join Jaedon Descheneau in representing the Kootenay Ice at the 2014 CHL Subway Super Series

Subway Super Series

Subway Super Series

Taylor Rocca

The Kootenay Ice will be represented by three players at the CHL Subway Super Series this year, led by forward Sam Reinhart, who in addition to being named to the team Monday afternoon, was named captain of the star-studded squad.

“It’s a huge honour. Anytime you can lead a team of that calibre, it’s a pretty exciting honour,” Reinhart said Wednesday afternoon. “If you look around at the roster, there’s not too many guys that aren’t in leadership roles on their own team, so it almost makes that job easier. With that being said, I have experience at that level with the Subway Series and I’m going to bring everything I can to help everyone else.”

Reinhart will be joined by forward Jaedon Descheneau, who was on the original Team WHL roster released Oct. 16. While the two Kootenay Ice teammates will skate together for Team WHL, they’ll have to keep their heads up for defenceman Rinat Valiev.

Wednesday afternoon, it was announced the Russian blueliner and Kootenay Ice stalwart will suit up for Team Russia.

“It means a lot for me,” Valiev said Wednesday afternoon. “I’m always proud to play for Team Russia at any level. I’m really happy.

“[Descheneau and Reinhart] are really good players. I’ll have to take care of those two guys.”

The light-hearted Russian added that, if given the chance to hit one of them, he would “destroy” Descheneau or Reinhart. Valiev was quick to clarify he was only joking, but said playing hard will still be a part of his game with Team Russia, just as it is with the Ice.

Reinhart could only laugh and said, “Go ahead,” when he heard of Valiev’s plans.

This marks the second appearance at the event for Descheneau and Valiev, while Reinhart makes his third trip to the Super Series.

“These players are very well deserving because they’re highly-skilled players,” said Kootenay Ice head coach Ryan McGill. “It has everything to do with their ability to play the game at a high level.”

Descheneau, a 2014 fifth-round pick (124th overall) of the St. Louis Blues, leads the Kootenay Ice in scoring with eight goals and 15 points in 15 games.

Valiev, a 2014 third-round pick (68th overall) of the Toronto Maple Leafs, is producing at a point-per-game pace with two goals and five points after missing the team’s first 12 games of the regular season due to a lower-body injury.

As for Reinhart, a 2014 first-round pick (second overall) of the Buffalo Sabres, he will play his first WHL game Friday night after being shipped back to major junior Oct. 31.

Reinhart, Descheneau and Team WHL will face-off with Valiev and Team Russia in Game 1 of the Subway Super Series on Nov. 10 at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon. Game 2 is slated for Nov. 11 at Keystone Centre in Brandon.

In addition to naming Reinhart as captain of Team WHL, it was also announced that defenceman Josh Morrissey (Prince Albert Raiders) and forward Nicolas Petan (Portland Winterhawks) serve as assistant captains for both games. Kelowna Rockets’ defenceman Madisow Bowey will also serve as an assistant captain for Game 1 in Saskatoon, while Victoria Royal’s blue-liner Joe Hicketts will wear an ‘A’ for Game 2 in Brandon.

Victoria Royals bench boss Dave Lowry will direct Team WHL with the help of assistant coach Kelly McCrimmon of the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Just Posted

The Kimberley Refugee Resettlement Group is active again after a few years off and are working to find a home for Gloria in Kimberley. Photo taken at a KRRG fundraiser several years ago. Bulletin file.
Kimberley Refugee Resettlement Group active once more

KRRG working to find a refugee a safe place to live in Kimberley

The Kimberley Aquatic Centre is set to reopen its doors to the public on July 6, after being shut down due to the pandemic in March, 2020. The Centre will be initially operating with reduced occupancy and limited program offerings. Bulletin file.
Kimberley Aquatic Centre set to re-open July 6

New safety infrastructure, limited guests and programming allow facility to open again

Interior Health is reporting a COVID-19 exposure at Selkirk Secondary in Kimberley. Bulletin file.
COVID-19 case identified at Selkirk Secondary in Kimberley

Interior Health is conducting contact tracing

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League met for their AGM and announced a number of new initiatives, new awards and changes in their executive committee, as well as the starting date for the 2021-22 season. Paul Rodgers file.
KIJHL announces start dates for 2021-22 season

Season set to begin Oct. 1 with league still following all health guidelines

Calvin Dickson photo.
Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for East Kootenay

Conditions favourable for the development of thunderstorms, hail and heavy rain

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

(Black Press Media file)
Dirty money: Canadian currency the most germ-filled in the world, survey suggests

Canadian plastic currency was found to contain 209 bacterial cultures

(pixabay file shot)
B.C. ombudsperson labels youth confinement in jail ‘unsafe,’ calls for changes

Review states a maximum of 22 hours for youth, aged 12 from to 17, to be placed in solitary

Grace (left), a caribou that was born in a maternal pen north of Revelstoke, is alive and well said the province. It appears she even has a calf. Maternity pens aim to increase caribou calf survival by protecting them from predation until they are older and less vulnerable. (Contributed)
For the first time in years, caribou numbers increasing near Revelstoke

North herd growing but south herd still concerning

Eleonore Alamillo-Laberge, 6, reads a book in Ottawa on Monday, June 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Parents will need to fight ‘COVID learning slump’ over summer: B.C. literacy experts

Parents who play an active role in educating their children this summer can reverse the slump by nearly 80%, says Janet Mort

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Kelowna General Hospital. (File photo)
COVID-19 outbreak at Kelowna General Hospital declared over

Three people tested positive for the virus — two patients and one staff — one of whom died

The border crossing on Highway 11 in Abbotsford heading south (file)
Western premiers call for clarity, timelines on international travel, reopening rules

Trudeau has called Thursday meeting, premiers say they expect to leave that meeting with a plan

The B.C. government’s vaccine booking website is busy processing second-dose appointments, with more than 76 per cent of adults having received a first dose. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations stable for Tuesday

108 new confirmed cases, 139 in hospital, 39 in intensive care

Most Read