BCHL’s best kicks of Sports in Brief

BCHL's best, WHL bantam draft, Pinnacles soccer and roller derby highlighted in sports briefs

BCHL’s top players

Several former Penticton players rose to the top from the final results of the BCHL’s top players from each decade. In November, the top 50 players in BCHL history were revealed as voted by the fans. There were 10 players chosen from each of the 1960s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s. From that group, more fan voting was held to determine the top player of each decade. The results are as follows: 1960s Bob Nystrom, F, Kelowna Rockets (runner up: Eric Shishido, F, Kamloops Rockets), 1970s Chad Campbell, F, Penticton Broncos (runner up: Andy Moog, G, Kamloops Braves, Penticton Vees), 1980s Brett Hull, F, Penticton Knights (runner up: Mark Recchi, F, Langley Eagles), 1990s Paul Kariya, F, Penticton Panthers (runner up: Shane Kuss, F, South Surrey Eagles), 2000s Brad Thiessen, G, Penticton Panthers/Vees, Prince George Spruce Kings, Merritt Centennials (runner up: Duncan Keith, D, Penticton Panthers).

WHL bantam draft

The Western Hockey League held it’s bantam draft May 2 to 3. Brad Morrison of the Okanagan Hockey Academy bantam tier 1 team was selected by the Everett Silvertips in the first round, seventh overall. The Westside resident’s rights were then dealt to the Prince George Cougars. Okanagan Falls’ Brady Reagan of the OHA bantam tier 1 team was selected by the Kelowna Rockets in the second round, 31st overall. His rights were traded to the Regina Pats. Penticton’s Daniel Nault of the OHA bantam tier 1 team was chosen by the Red Deer Rebels. Nault was selected in the eighth round, 162nd overall. Blake Holowaty of the Penticton bantam tier 2 Team 1 was selected in the 11th round by the Moose Jaw Warriors, 238th overall.

Pinnacles soccer

Crystal Schuder’s first goal of the season for the Penticton Pinnacles under-21 women’s team gave the squad a 1-1 draw with Kelowna United. The Pinnacles controlled most of the play and had excellent scoring chances but couldn’t find the back of the net. Willow Finlay was strong in goal for the Pinnacles, who travel to North Van on Saturday and West Van on Sunday.

The Pinnacles mens under-21 squad earned a 1-0 win against West Van FC on May 5. Randy Hubber scored the lone goal. The next day the Pinnacles shutout TSS Academy 4-0. Scoring for the Pinnacles were James Fraser, Dan Thornton, Hubber and Jeremy Pereira. The Pinnacles next game is at home (King’s Park) on May 26 at 5 p.m.

Roller derby at McLaren Arena

The South Okanagan Roller Derby Association has Cherry Cherry Bang Bang, it’s debut game between the Penticton Pistoleras and Revelstoke Derailers. The bout will be at McLaren Arena on Saturday starting at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at The Bike Barn, Freeride and Pentagon.