Leafs look to build on first win of season

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs will be looking to add to its one-game winning streak when the club visits Grand Forks Border Bruins in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action tonight in the Boundary City.The Leafs, 1-4 to start the season, are still smarting from a 6-2 pounding the club took at the hands of the Bruins and hope to right the wrong of a week ago.“The game in Grand Forks we had kind of a depleted lineup,” said Leaf coach Chris Shaw, who picked up his first win of the season Sunday against Penticton Lakers. “That was kind of a weird hockey game where all of their six goals came on the power play.” The good thing for the Leafs is the Green and White have had little time to forget, which could be bad for the Bruins.Saturday, the road to respectability doesn’t get any easier as the high-flying Fernie Ghostriders visit the NDCC Arena.The ‘Riders are unbeaten in four games, and leaders of the Eddie Mountain Division, heading into the weekend. Fernie boasts former Beaver Valley scoring leader Scott Morisseau and Jordie Cool as offensive weapons.Morisseau, with seven points in four games, had 84 points last season for the Hawks. Game time is 7 p.m.Look for Marcus Beesley and Darren Hogg to continue to split the goaltending duties for Nelson.Nelson hosts Spokane Braves Wednesday at the NDCC Arena.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Local triathlete Steve Archdekin featured in British magazine

first_imgThe article touched on various parts of Archdekin’s life on, and off, the triathlon circuit.A key part of the story was information regarding his run-in with a goat — an attack that kept him off the triathlon circuit for some time.But while it was good for Archdekin to see his name in print, on glossy paper, he’s got a bigger goal. A goal he hopes the article opens a few doors for sponsors.“I hope this story builds some momentum,” said Archdekin, who hopes to run a triathlon every week at stops around the world over a two-year period to raise money for a charity he started called International Triathlon for Kids.The goal is to raise funds and awareness for the children’s charities.“It doesn’t take much for me to open my mouth once I start racing,” he adds. “People seem to pay attention once I get started.”Unfortunately for Archdekin, if he didn’t have bad luck he’d have no luck at all.After healing from the goat attack, he was close to returning to action this season when he was hit with food poisoning and was bed-ridden for some time.But he finally got back into the water, hopped on his bike and ran the five-kilometers during the recent Christina Lake race.“I looked at this race, even with all the controversy I was dealing with, (Christina Lake) would be a good, kick in the pants, kick start for me to get my brain wrapped around racing again,” said Archdekin.“So now I just have to deal with moving again and I’ll be in town where I’ll be right near the water and I can get back training again.”While most people have a few aches and pains following a triathlon, Archdekin lives with those same aches and pains daily.Despite the hardship, he lives for his goal to raise money for his charity.“It’s do this or die. Whatever comes first . . . literally,” Archdekin admits.“This is what I’m doing so my body will collapse again. I get windows of opportunity, and when I get them, I dive through them.”Archdekin hopes to use this triathlon season to rebuild and repair his body in preparation for the big world-wind tour beginning, September of 2013.Then everyone will see Archdekin make that grand entrance. Steve Archdekin likes to make a grand entrance when he competes at triathlon races — not.But the British Columbian transplant is definitely making a splash on the world triathlon scene after having a story published about him in the British magazine Triathlon Plus.“It was a good article, so I’m glad about that,” Archdekin told The Nelson Daily about the article titled, “Making a Difference”.“I was also psyched that I got to be in the magazine with Lance (Armstrong) on the cover.”It’s been well documented in local media the plight of the Brampton, Ont., native.In September of 1993, the eighth to be exact, Archdekin caught, what he thought, was a bought of the common cold.Little did he know was this common cold turned into a full-blown case of rare form of arthritis called, Reiter’s Syndrome — a form of arthritis that produces pain, swelling, redness, and heat in the joints.However, instead of letting the disease get the better of him, Archdekin decided to forget about all his aches and pains and live life.And living life is competing in as many triathlons as his body allows.Which was well written in the summer edition of Triathlon Plus.“I liked that the article was pretty accurate and said some things that I’ve never really talked about,” Archdekin explained.“Simple things like (a person with my conditions) clothes can hurt my skin if I come into contact with them which is why I wear shorts in the winter.”“I like where the story is located in the magazine and I like that (publishers) used Phil (Best’s) photos, that they’re in there because he’s been good to me and always helped me out,” he adds.Archdekin story is part of the “share a story with us” segment of the magazine where publishers encourage readers to submit ideas.last_img read more

This is another great test of the Nelson Leafs

first_imgSporting a 3-3 record, the Nelson Leafs play host to hottest team in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, Murdoch Division leading Beaver Valley Nitehawks, Friday at the NDCC Arena.The Hawks have been tearing up the league, outscoring the opposition 29-13 en route to a six-game winning streak to open the campaign.“It’s early in the year,” said Leaf coach and GM Dave McLellan when asked about the tail of two different teams taking to the ice for the 7 p.m. puck drop Friday.“It’s not like we’re getting blown out in our games. We’re out shooting most of the teams we’ve played against.”Some of the Leafs troubles have been the tough, early season schedule McLellan penciled in during the summer and the roster filled with younger, but skilled, players needing understand the difference between junior and minor hockey.Nelson has played league heavyweights like Kelowna, Fernie and Osoyoos, all in the first month of the season.“I did that on purpose . . . schedule us against a lot of the top teams,” McLellan explained. “It provides us with a benchmark of  where our team is in the league.”Beaver Valley has been led by 20-year-old forwards Braden Fuller and Jace Weegar, and set-up man Allan Pruss, leading the Hawkls with eight assists.Nelson travels to Spokane Sunday to meet the Braves in an afternoon encounter.The Leafs defeated Spokane 4-1 in the first meeting of the season.
New players join the Leafs McLellan told The Nelson Daily he’s added a few new players to the roster, a little earlier than the skipper previously thought would happen.Tyler Garia, who played for Nelson in the past, arrives in camp from 100 Mile House Wranglers to provide some much-needed leadership on the forward line for the Leafs. “Tyler is a 20-year-old forward we’re looking to to help some of our younger players learn how to score,” McLellan explained.“We’ve got 14 rookies on this team who are very skilled but are not used to playing at the junior level.”Garcia, from Anchorage, Alaska, played 26 games for Nelson in 2013-14 before being traded to Kimberley Dynamiters.He started the next season with Kimberley before being dispatched to 100 Mile House.Also expected in camp soon is defenceman Austin Anselmo, who was released by Coquitlam Express of the BC Hockey League.Players in, Players outMcLellan said forward Timothy Nichols should be back after missing the past four games due to injury.However, captain Rayce Miller is gone for both weekend games after being hit with a two-game suspension.Miller twice was whistled for goaltender interference penalties during Friday, September 25 against Princeton Posse.The two goalie infractions carries an automatic two-game sit.Green and White Rotation between the Pipes It’s goaltending by committee to start the season for the Leafs as the coaching staff continues to rotate goalies.McLellan said both Joseph Barton and Everett Yasinski will continue to see action as the Leafs sort out the the net minding position.Parent to fill seats on Parent WeekendNext weekend Nelson hosts three games at the NDCC Arena as the franchise welcomes the parents to the Heritage City to see the players in action.Nelson meets Golden Rockets, Friday, Beaver Valley, Saturday, and Summerland Steam, Sunday.last_img read more