Columbia Valley Rockies

The Columbia Valley Rockies are a junior "B" ice hockey team based in Invermere, British Columbia, Canada. They are members of the Eddie Mountain Division of the Kootenay Conference of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL). The Rockies play their home games at Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. Al Miller is the team's president, and former NHL goaltender Wade Dubielewicz has been the general manager since 2020.

Columbia Valley Rockies
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CityInvermere, British Columbia
LeagueKootenay International Junior Hockey League
ConferenceKootenay
DivisionEddie Mountain
Founded1978 (1978)–79
Home arenaEddie Mountain Memorial Arena
ColoursRoyal Blue, Orange and White
     
General managerCanada Ross Bidinger
Head coachCanada Wade Dubielewicz
Websiterockieshockey.ca
Franchise history
1978-presentColumbia Valley Rockies

The Rockies joined the league in 1978 as an expansion team. In its KIJHL history, the team has won the Keystone Cup twice, in 1989 and 1990; the Cyclone Taylor Cup once, in 1989. The Rockies have won the KIJHL Championship three times, in 1988, 1989 and 1990. They won five division playoff titles as a member of the Eastern Division from 1978-1996 and three division playoff titles as a member of the Eddie Mountain Division from 1996-2012.

HistoryEdit

The team was founded by Eddie Mountain, of whom a KIJHL division was recently named. The team won three straight KIJHL Championships in the late 1980s and in 1989 took home the Cyclone Taylor Cup and the Keystone Cup under the direction of Tom Renney, who is currently an assistant coach of the Detroit Red Wings of the NHL.

Season-by-season recordEdit

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Records as of February 22, 2014.[1][2]

Season GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
1978–79 40 18 22 0 36 211 246 4th, East
1979–80 40 18 22 0 36 239 250 4th, East
1980-81 40 19 21 0 38 228 236 4th, East
1981–82 42 25 16 1 51 253 224 3rd, East
1982–83 42 28 13 1 57 266 209 2nd, East
1983-84 42 34 8 0 68 298 158 1st, East
1984-85 42 33 9 0 66 309 196 2nd, East
1985-86 39 23 15 1 47 258 233 3rd, East
1986-87 42 28 14 0 56 308 165 3rd, East
1987-88 42 35 7 0 70 315 165 1st, East KIJHL Champions (Smoke Eaters)
1988-89 44 38 5 1 77 341 107 1st, East KIJHL Champions (Leafs)
Cyclone Taylor Cup Champions
Keystone Cup Champions (Tigers)
1989-90 40 35 4 1 71 281 120 1st, East KIJHL Champions (Leafs)
Keystone Cup Champions (Bruins)
1990-91 41 35 6 0 70 299 120 1st, East Lost Finals (Smoke Eaters)
1991-92 38 14 22 2 30 199 200 2nd, East
1992-93 42 22 30 0 44 256 237 1st, East Lost Finals (Leafs)
1993-94 40 23 14 3 49 239 173 2nd, East
1994-95 43 27 15 1 55 232 209 3rd, East
1995-96 42 20 22 0 40 221 253 4th, East
1996–97 41 23 17 1 47 198 208 1st, Eddie Mountain Lost Finals (Nitehawks)
1997–98 50 36 14 0 72 265 178 1st, Eddie Mountain
1998-99 52 22 30 0 44 184 210 4th, Eddie Mountain
1999-00 46 32 13 1 65 240 172 1st, Eddie Mountain
2000-01 54 19 34 1 0 39 193 306 4th, Eddie Mountain Lost Division Semifinals, 0-4 (Grizzlies)
2001-02 50 29 16 4 1 63 234 208 1st, Eddie Mountain Lost League Semifinals, 0-3 (Nitehawks)
2002–03 50 27 18 3 2 59 176 168 1st, Eddie Mountain Lost Division Finals, 2-4 (Dynamiters)
2003–04 50 32 11 6 1 71 228 164 1st, Eddie Mountain Lost League Semifinals Round-robin, 1-3
2004–05 50 27 13 4 6 64 194 161 2nd, Eddie Mountain Lost Division Finals, 3-4 (Dynamiters)
2005–06 50 26 20 0 4 56 200 174 3rd, Eddie Mountain Lost Division Semifinals, 2-4 (Dynamiters)
2006–07 52 22 26 4 48 194 217 4th, Eddie Mountain Lost Division Semifinals, 0-4 (Ghostriders)
2007–08 52 15 33 4 34 137 187 3rd, Eddie Mountain: East Lost Division Semifinals, 1-3 (Eagles)
2008–09 52 19 24 9 47 178 215 5th, Eddie Mountain Did not qualify
2009–10 50 4 43 1 2 11 115 354 5th, Eddie Mountain Did not qualify
2010-11 50 11 35 0 4 26 134 243 5th, Eddie Mountain Did not qualify
2011–12 52 3 48 0 1 7 119 369 5th, Eddie Mountain Did not qualify
2012–13 52 21 25 0 6 48 160 202 4th, Eddie Mountain Lost Division Semifinals, 2-4 (Ghostriders)
2013–14 52 13 28 3 8 37 157 230 4th, Eddie Mountain Lost Div Semifinals, 0-4 (Thunder Cats)
2014–15 52 12 34 0 6 30 142 245 5th, Eddie Mountain Did not qualify
2015–16 52 30 22 0 0 60 203 183 3rd, Eddie Mountain Lost Div Semifinals, 0-4, (Thunder Cats)
2016–17 47 14 29 0 4 32 139 222 4 of 5, Eddie Mountain
16 of 20 KIJHL
Lost Div Semifinals, 0-4, (Thunder Cats)
2017–18 47 19 21 3 4 45 167 188 3 of 5, Eddie Mountain
12 of 20 KIJHL
Won Div Semifinals, 4-2, (Thunder Cats)
Lost Div Final 1-4 (Dynamiters)
2018–19 49 22 21 2 4 50 159 182 3 of 5, Eddie Mountain
9 of 20 KIJHL
Lost Div Semifinals, 0-4, (Ghostriders)

PlayoffsEdit

Records as of March 1, 2014.[3][4][5]

Season 1st Round 2nd Round 3rd Round Finals
2000–01 L, 0-4, Revelstoke
2001–02 W, 4-0, Golden W, 4-2, Kimberley L, 0-3, Beaver Valley
2002–03 W, 4-3, Golden L, 2-4, Kimberley
2003–04 W, 4-0, Princeton W, 4-1, Kimberley L, 1-3, Round-robin
2004–05 W, 4-2, Creston Valley L, 3-4, Kimberley
2005–06 L, 2-4, Kimberley
2006–07 L, 0-4, Fernie
2007–08 L, 1-3, Sicamous
2008–09 Did not qualify
2009–10 Did not qualify
2010-11 Did not qualify
2011-12 Did not qualify
2012–13 L, 2-4, Fernie
2013-14 L, 0-4, Creston Valley
2014–15 Did not qualify
2015-16 L, 0-4, Creston Valley

Cyclone Taylor CupEdit

Year Gold Medal Game Bronze Medal Game
Champions Score Finalists Third Place Score Fourth Place
1989 Columbia Valley Rockies
KIJHL

Keystone CupEdit

Keystone Cup Champions
Year Champions Runners-Up Consolation Champions Host City
1989   Columbia Valley Rockies   Kinistino Tigers   Stony Plain Flyers   Gimli, MB
1990   Columbia Valley Rockies   Calgary Bruins   Invermere, BC

AlumniEdit

Awards and trophiesEdit

Keystone Cup

  • 1988-89
  • 1989-90

Cyclone Taylor Cup

  • 1988-89

KIJHL Championship

  • 1987-88
  • 1988-89
  • 1989-90

Coach of the Year

  • Matt Hughes: 2005-06 (Divisional)

Most Sportsmanlike

  • Darryl Mcivor: 2003-04 (Divisional)
  • Cody Steele: 2005-06 (Divisional)
  • Cody Steele: 2006-07 (Divisional)
  • Tyler Nypower: 2017-18 (Divisional)

Most Valuable Player

  • Andrew Billinghurst: 2001-02 (Divisional)
  • Jason Botterill: 2002-03 (Divisional And League)
  • Reid Mitchell:2007-08, 2008-2009 (Team)
  • Ryan Skytt: 2016-17 (Team)

Rookie of the Year

  • Taylor Dakers: 2002-03 (Divisional)
  • Trevor Bailey: 2005-06 (Divisional)
  • Josh Antunes/Kale Hawryluk: 2017-18 (Team)

Top Goaltender

  • Taylor Dakers: 2002-03 (Divisional)
  • Tyler Bilton: 2003-04 (Divisional)

Playoff MVP

  • Ben Kelsch/Ryan Skytt: 2017-18 (Team)

Top Scorer

  • Rocky Mix: 2002-03 (Divisional)
  • Brett Bjorkman: 2007-08 (Divisional)

Heart and Hustle

  • Brandt Black/Fraser McMann 2017-18: (Team)

Coaches Choice

  • Brennan Nelson 2017-18: (Team)

Most Improved

  • Hunter Beckett: 2017-18 (Team)

Community Involvement

  • Brandt Black: 2017-18 (Team)

Top Defenceman

  • Kale Hawryluk: 2017-18 (Team)

Top Defensive Forward

  • Brennan Nelson: 2017-18 (Team)

Top Forward

  • Mike Dyck 2016-17: (Team)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ KIJHL.ca, Final 2013-14 regular season standings. Archived 2014-02-26 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "KIJHL.ca – Year end standings". Archived from the original on 2012-09-18. Retrieved 2012-04-02.
  3. ^ KIJHL.ca, Current playoff bracket. Archived May 5, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "KIJHL.ca – 2013-14 playoff standings". Archived from the original on 2014-02-26. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  5. ^ KIJHL.ca, League champions. Archived 2013-02-09 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2012-04-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=30745
  8. ^ http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=24647

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