Steam looks to score volunteers for upcoming season

The Summerland Steam are looking for volunteers and billet families for the new season

OSOYOOS COYOTES netminder Lawrence Langan of Penticton makes a toe save on this shot by Summerland Steam Cody Egilson as teammate Braden Eliuk is knocked off his feet during a Kootenay International Junior Hockey League contest at the Summerland Arena last season. As a new season nears

OSOYOOS COYOTES netminder Lawrence Langan of Penticton makes a toe save on this shot by Summerland Steam Cody Egilson as teammate Braden Eliuk is knocked off his feet during a Kootenay International Junior Hockey League contest at the Summerland Arena last season. As a new season nears

The Summerland Steam are on the hunt for billet families and volunteers for the 2015-16 season.

Steam co-owner Gregg Wilson said the organization has had great billets in the past as well as strong community support and would love to see that continue.

With the possibility of having more non-locals playing for the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League squad, it will require more families to step up and welcome players into their home. On the volunteer side, Wilson said they have a base of 30, but need 50 in total. Some of the positions open include security for game days, dealing with tickets at the door and selling 50/50 tickets.

“We’re a very community-minded team,” said Wilson. “Yes, we’re privately owned, but we’re not in it to make a fortune. We’re just there to survive. We just want our community to have a team.”

Volunteers and billet families receive season tickets. Billett families also receive $500 to feed the players.

Wilson said the hard part about being in the Okanagan is that they compete with the Penticton Vees and Okanagan Hockey Acadmey for billet families. For that reason they try to get as many local families as possible. Wilson said that having John DePourcq as coach helps.

“He’s such a good coach and a good guy. He’s a two-time coach of the year in our league,” said Wilson. “Kids want to play here. He’s such a good hockey guy. Such a good personality. It makes it easy for people to relate to our team when you have quality people like John.”

When it comes to the on-ice product, Wilson and DePourcq, both former Penticton Knights, are excited about what the Steam could be. It’s the first season that they haven’t had to go out hard to recruit.

“Kids want to come here now. We’re kind of on the map,” said Wilson. “They know we’re a stable organization.”

“Summerland is a good option for the kids. We have done better in the playoffs each year,” said DePourcq, who is in his fourth year coaching the Steam. “It’s a great spot for kids to come and play.”

Among the players expected to join the Steam is Penticton’s Michael MacLean as well as Matthew Huber, brother of former Steam goalie Brett Huber. The younger Huber is also a goalie. Matthew Monk, younger brother of former BCHLer Josh Monk, will also play.

With 12 rookies on the squad last year, the Steam could potentially have 80 per cent returnees, depending on how many make junior A teams.

The organization is also looking to improve its attendance. After averaging under 200 last season, Wilson wants to see it reach 300. Having fewer home games when the Vees play is hoped to help that.

There will be one change to the organization off the ice eventually. Wilson said that his partner, co-owner Tim Kielty, who is also the Steam’s president, is looking to sell his share for family reasons. Wilson would like to see a community-minded person buy Kielty’s share.

Anyone interested in buying the other half of the Steam, or being a volunteer or billet is asked to call 250-462-0905.  The Steam will be holding its training camp Aug.21-23.

 

Just Posted

The City of Penticton is beginning plans to revitalize its north entrance on Highway 97. (Jesse Day - Western News)
Penticton reviewing ideas on how to make the city’s north gateway more vibrant

The city has plans to redevelop the area into a welcoming and attractive entrance

People decided to tag Skaha Bluffs rocks which the Ministry has to go in and now clean up. (Facebook)
Bluffs at popular Penticton rock climbing park defaced

Ministry of Environment is going to clean it up

A portion of the Kettle Valley Railway Trail near Naramata will be closed temporarily for upgrade work, including paving. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Upgrades plannned for trail near Naramata

Surface improvement work will mean temporary trail closure

Okanagan Lake (File photo)
Thompson-Okanagan ready to welcome back tourists

The Thompson-Okanagan Tourism Association expects this summer to be a busy one

Skaha Bluffs climbing spots. (Monique Tamminga)
New parking lot and picnic area coming to Penticton’s Skaha Bluffs

The city will turn the access point at Crow Place into a parking and picnic area

Maxwell Johnson is seen in Bella Bella, B.C., in an undated photo. The Indigenous man from British Columbia has filed complaints with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Rights Commission after he and his granddaughter were handcuffed when they tried to open a bank account. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Heiltsuk Nation, Damien Gillis, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
VIDEO: Chiefs join human rights case of Indigenous man handcuffed by police in B.C. bank

Maxwell Johnson said he wants change, not just words, from Vancouver police

Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Chief Rosanne Casimir stands outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School after speaking to reporters, in Kamloops, B.C., on Friday, June 4, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Kamloops chief says more unmarked graves will be found across Canada

Chief Rosanne Casimir told a virtual news conference the nation expects to release a report at the end of June

Vernon Courthouse. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Sentencing delayed in North Okanagan child pornography case

Man who pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography will have new sentence date fixed next week

A woman wears a vaccinated sticker after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. ranks among highest in world in COVID-19 first-dose shots: health officials

More than 76% of eligible people have received their 1st shot

A screenshot of the First Peoples Cultural Councils First Peoples’ Map. (First Peoples Cultural Council)
Online resource blends B.C.-Alberta’s Indigenous languages, art and culture

Advisor says initiative supports the urgent need to preserve Indigenous languages

An artists conception of the new terminal building at the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport.
Air travel taking off in B.C., but lack of traffic controllers a sky-high concern

There will be demand for more air traffic controllers: Miller

Canadian Armed Forces experts are on their way to North Vancouver after a local homeowner expressed worry about a military artifact he recently purchased. (Twitter DNV Fire and Rescue)
Military called in to deal with antique ‘shell’ at North Vancouver home

‘The person somehow purchased a bombshell innocently believing it was an out-of-commission military artifact’

Phil McLachlan/(Black Press Media
Man shot at Kamloops shopping centre

The man is believed to be in stable condition

Most Read