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Wolfpac and Storm Win Championships!

     The Surrey Wolfpac returned to the winner's circle as they claimed the NWBHL "A" Div Championship by downing the Surrey Giants in a hard fought Finals series that went to a deciding game three. This title win by the Wolfpac was their first in the league since the 2010/11 season, and it ends a string of four consecutive Fall season titles by the Giants. The team also made some history as for the first time in the Ndub, the Playoff MVP was shared. Mike Sanghara and Brenden Ham were both dazzling, not only in this game, but throughout the entire playoff run. Sanghara finished with numbers of 6-8-5-13 (including an OT winner!), while Ham also had an impressive 5-6-7-13 stat line. The two players also finished the playoffs tied with 45 points in the 3 star standings for the post season. Both were deservong winners of the Playoff MVP. Dean Salsnek also lived up to his big game billing as he stood on his head, turning away the Giants on multiple quality scoring chances in the early going. Team captain Tony Chohan also showed his leadership with a pair of huge goals in the decisive game, including the late insurance goal that put the game on ice. This is the fourth "A" championship and fifth overall for the Wolfpac in the Northwest League! (Click image for full size version of team picture)


     The Surdel Storm defeated the Delta Titans 6-3 to win the "B" Div Championship. This team perservered throughout their entire playoff run as they took the most difficult path possible to the title. The Storm downed the Saints in the "Play-In Game" that would determine the final playoff seed, before having to face the top seeded team in the division, the Outsiders. After the Storm dropped the opening game of that series 1-0 in OT, they would have to face a pair of do-or-die games, both of which they won. As if things hadn't been difficult enough, the Storm pulled a virtual no-show in the first game of the Final, losing 8-0 to the Titans. Undeterred, the Storm once again played with the mentality of a team that was staring down elimination, and they came back with a pair of clutch defensive efforts to win the series and the "B" championship in the third game of the Finals. Playoff MVP goes to Storm backstopper Ami Gill, who was consistently excellent for the club (outside the 8-0 loss). He went 5-2 with a 2.96 GAA and .873 Save %. Although those numbers are solid, it's worth noting that without the 8-0 loss, his stats read 2.55 and .906, respectively. Definitely MVP caliber goatending! The team shared the offensive load, but Vesal Mohmand was a consistent offensive threat, and led the team with 7-3-5-8, including a pair of key snipes in the final game, including the cup winner! Rob Moxness and Raheem Khan also chipped in 7 point each for the Storm along the way, both providing important offensive contributions. Though this is the first championship under the banner of the Surdel Storm, the bulk of this lineup has been a part of a pair of title wins for the Vancity Ghostriders. (Click image for full size version of team picture)




"B" Div Playoff MVP - Ami Gill


"A" Div Playoff Co-MVP's -
Brenden Ham & Mike Sanghara








Season/Playoff Update


     Ever since our beloved Arenex went down in December, the NWBHL has been in scramble mode. We've landed a new place to play in Central City, but the search has continued for other venues that would suit our needs. I can honestly say that the search has been quite difficult. The majority of places have turned us down flatly, fearing that ball hockey would do damage to their floors, or are already fully booked up. With that said I have formulated a plan that would permit us to finish our season in Central City with a full playoff session. This does mean we will have to chop the regular season game down to 14 games to make the finances work. Each team will be at the 14 game mark after another two weeks of action, enabling us to start the playoffs on Saturday, Feb 11th. With this sudden change in format, we're going to give every team an honest shot at the postseason, so check out the playoff format listed below.

Playoff Format - A DivPlayoff Format - B Div
     The top two teams will receive a first round bye, while the bottom four will play a single elimination (3 vs 6, 4 vs 5) to see who moves on to the semis. Then we will return to the usual best-of-three series to determine our finalists and eventual champion.      The bottom two teams will face off in a single elimination contest to determine the fourth seed. From there we move to the standard best-of-three semis and finals.



Playoff Qualification3 On 3 OT!
     Due to the decreased schedule and the overall chaos of this season, the minimum game requirement for playoff eligibility will be dropped down to 2 games for a player and 1 for a goalie.      We have less leeway at this facility for going over our allotted time, so we will need to get some fast results for the games that go to overtime. With that said, I am excited to introduce 3 on 3 OT for this playoffs!





NWBHL - The Next Chapter Begins!


     2016 was a terrible year for an awful lot of people. It also ended with the destruction of the Arenex, a facility that has been a home to the Northwest League for nearly 25 years. However, 2017 has arrived, and things are already looking brighter. I can announce that we have found a temporary facility to host our games, Central City Arena. Though prohibitive pricing prevents this from being a long term solution, it does buy us some time to continue the search for a different facility. We have booked the first three weeks in January with an option for more should the search drag on. Our time slots are a bit restrictive also, though nothing we can't work around. We will be using the 6:00 and 7:00 PM time slots as well as the 9:30 and 10:30 time slots. From 8-9:30 the facility is already booked with its popular "free skate" program that draws sizeable crowds. As is, Central City has shortened that program by 30 minutes to accomodate our booking. Additionally, the first week (Jan 7th) has us only able to start at 7:00. The league schedule will obviously be a work in progress over the next little while, so keep an eye on it as changes will be forthcoming.

     I'd like to thank Erik Vilio and the good folks at Central City for helping us get back on our feet, and especially the many people who staffed the Arenex all these years from the facility GM, Jay Young, to the ladies in the office that took care of the payments and booking, to the many staffers that set-up, cleaned, opened and closed the Arenex on a weekly basis, not to mention caring for our many wounds suffered during the war on the floor. You have our eternal gratitude!





Queen's Park Arenex 1938 - 2016


    After nearly 80 years in existence, the Arenex passed away from a heavy snowfall that collapsed the roof. It will be missed.

     The league is currently in limbo while we sort out a new venue to play in. I have every intention of completing what has been our most competitive season to date. I'm not sure exactly how long that will take, but we will make every effort to keep things running. The show must go on!





Jay Dove hits 800 Point Milestone!


     The one and only Jay Dove just added another impressive scoring accomplishment to his storied NWBHL career. With an assist on a powerplay goal this past weekend, he become just the fourth player in league history to eclipse 800 points, joining Stan McLellan, Rod Wardell, and Dan Molatore in that elite group. Jay has had an interesting career path in the N-Dub, suiting up for 11 different clubs, beginning with the Surrey Express in the Spring of 2000, all the way to his current stint on the South Van Core. The bulk of his work came while playing with the powerhouse Surrey Thrashers club. Jay has reached the 30 point plateau in a season an astounding 14 times, as a defenseman no less, and has several Top Defenseman awards to his credit. For a complete look at his career statistics, click the link below.

Career Statistics






Divisional Split Announcement


     Now that we have a large portion of the season completed, with plenty of time to assess where the clubs stand, the time has come to separate the teams into their divisions. Despite this season giving us an unmatched level of parity, the choice of which teams should end up where was somewhat obvious. However, should there a significant change in circumstances, the league reserves the right to tweak the divisions as necessary. Furthermore, the extremely high level of play from top to bottom means that we will continue to play a balanced schedule this year. Never before have we seen such competitive games between ALL of the clubs in the Ndub! So without further adieu, the Divisions will be as follows:

A Division
Clappers
Core
Giants
Mercenaries
Pirates
Wolfpac
B Division
Outsiders
Panthers
Saints
Storm
Titans

     The playoff format will also be announced in the near future as I work out the availability of playoff dates. Stay tuned for more developments on that later...





Designated League Goaltenders


     The league will continue with a pilot project from last season involving designated "League Goaltenders". As we all know, goalies are vital to our ability to play games and they can be somewhat difficult to come across when the need arises on short notice. This season we will have a pair of keepers that will be available to all teams to use without burning up your one single "Emergency" use of a goaltender off of another team's roster. They will have an (LG) next to their name in the stats denoting their special status, allowing them to play for any team that comes looking. If you run into trouble, don't hesitate to give them a call!

Eddy Bordignon: 604-506-6357      Riz Abbas: 778-323-5498






Full Schedule Now Posted


    The NWBHL season schedule is now posted in its entirety, with all 18 games for each club up for you to plan around. The holiday break will see our last games on Dec 10th, with the schedule starting back up on Jan 7th. However, we will be paying through the Family Day long weekend on Feb 11th, so plan accordingly. The regular season will conclude on Feb 25th, with the playoffs starting a week later. Just a reminder that it is six games for a player to be qualified for playoffs, and two for a goaltender.





1/3 Season Review


     We have just concluded the first third of the schedule, so I have decided to whip up an early season review. This will arrive in two parts, with the first part detailing the top five clubs currently in the standings, and the next six to be included in Part II. Enjoy!

Part I        Part II






Marcel Lafortune hits 600 Points!


     The talented Marcel Lafortune hit a major milestone this past week as he eclipsed the 600 point mark! In his 21st season of NWBHL action, spanning a multitude of teams, the Pirates star has managed to hit this plateau in a mere 234 games, equating to a better than 2.5 PPG pace. To see his career numbers in more detail, click the link below to be taken to his personal stat page.

Career Statistics






2015/16 and Spring 16 Award Winners


     The off week has allowed me a little time to catch up on some long overdue projects. First and foremost the award nominees from the last couple of seasons are finally up. I will be announcing the winners from each category on a daily basis with the winner appearing in red. Please pass on to any teammates that have been nominated, to check the site over the coming week. Best of luck to each of the nominees!


Spring 2016 Award Nominees

     
"A" MVP "A/B" Top Goaltender "A" Top Defensemen
Roy Cabrita (Barons)
Sean Grewal (Core)
Andy Hundhal (Entourage)
Ryan Hunt (Saints)
Prab Jaswal (Core)
Chad Sieben (Saints)
(4 game minimum)
Josh Cabrita (Mercenaries)
Mark Cayer (Ballhogz)
Josh Evans (Storm)
Shane Ram (Core)
Dave Sherwin (Panthers)
Craig Woodthorpe (Saints)

(Due to the low number of
qualifying goalies this season,
the divisions have been
merged for this award)




Terrance Bains (Entourage)
Michel Craig (Core)
Harp Kalkat (Ballhogz)
Larry Mey (Core)
Rick Tung (Saints)
Dave Snyder (Barons)

"B" MVP "B" Top Defensemen
Kevin Geddert (Mercenaries)
Shaquille Gehlen (Whalers)
Waseem Khalil (Storm)
Jason Makowski (Storm)
Luke Tully (Mercenaries)
Scott Wilshire (Panthers)

Zoran Babic (Panthers)
MJ Brown (Storm)
Karson Levack (Mercenaries)
David Prestage (Mercenaries)
Bhal Randhawa (Warhawks)
Top Rookie Most Sportsmanlike Unsung Hero
Greg Fritz (Ballhogz)
Ryan Hunt (Saints)
Prab Jaswal (Core)
Mike Johnson (Rage)
Nick Pavlakis (Core)
Craig Woodthorpe (Saints)

Shaquille Gehlen (Whalers)
Sean Grewal (Core)
Prab Jaswal (Core)
Waseem Khalil (Storm)
Jason Makowski (Storm)
Chad Sieben (Saints)
Jere Dulibich (Rage)
Manu Gill (Warhawks)
Dallas Hoffman (Mercenaries)
Bryan Sakata (Panthers)
Ed Taylor (Saints)
Jay Taylor (Whalers)
"A" Scoring Title "A" 3 Star Cup "A" Playoff MVP

Sean Grewal (Core)

Ryan Hunt (Saints)

Shane Ram (Core)

"B" Scoring Title "B" 3 Star Cup "B" Playoff MVP
Waseem Khalil (Storm) Waseem Khalil (Storm)

Dave Sherwin (Panthers)






2015/16 Award Nominees

    
"A" MVP "A" Top Goaltender "A" Top Defensemen
Harp Kalkat (Giants)
Marcel Lafortune (Pirates)
Stan McClellan (Jaguars)
Larry Mey (Warhawks)
Steve Mulholland (Wolfpac)
Ravind Rana (Clappers)
Mont Saran (Jaguars)

(5 game minimum)
Rick Baker (Wolfpac)
Lee Milner (Jaguars)
Shane Ram (Warhawks)
Dean Salsnek (Jaguars)
Deep Toor (Giants)
Jay Dove (Jaguars)
Harp Kalkat (Giants)
Daniel Lafortune (Pirates)
Marcel Lafortune (Pirates)
Larry Mey (Warhawks)
"B" MVP "B" Top Goaltender "B" Top Defensemen
Shaquille Gehlen (Whalers)
Gary Hallate (Panthers)
Waseem Khalil (Ghostriders)
Jason Makowski (Ghostriders)
Aiden Mottus (Whalers) 
Myles Scott (Mercenaries)

(5 game minimum)
Riz Abbas (Ghostriders)
Josh Cabrita (Mercenaries)
Dave Malmberg (Saints)
Dave Sherwin (Panthers)
Todd Shupenia (Rage)
Onkar Bhandher (Ghostriders)
Gary Hallate (Panthers)
Colton Kahle (Panthers) 
Karson Levack (Mercenaries)
Dave Snyder (Rage)

Top Rookie Most Sportsmanlike Unsung Hero
Trevor Heselton (Whalers)
Colton Kahle (Panthers)
Harp Khakh (Whalers)
Aiden Mottus (Whalers)
Paras Saggu (Clappers)
Jagpal Sandhu (Giants)

Harp Kalkat (Giants)
Waseem Khalil (Ghostriders)
Steve Mulholland (Wolfpac)
Karman Rana (Clappers)
Jay Taylor (Rage)
Jon Bickford (Mercenaries)
Peter Chohan (Wolfpac)
Rod Hilborn (Rage)
Gino Porco (Pirates)
Tanbir Rana (Clappers)
Justin Simpson (Saints)
"A" Scoring Title "A" 3 Star Cup "A" Playoff MVP

Marcel Lafortune (Pirates)

Harp Kalkat (Giants)

Herman Sunner (Giants)

"B" Scoring Title "B" 3 Star Cup "B" Playoff MVP
Waseem Khalil (Ghostriders) Jason Makowski (Ghostriders) Ian Banks (Ghostriders)





Season Info Update


     The final count for teams this season is eleven, as the Rage entry came up just short. We'll have five time slots each Saturday with start times ranging from 5:45 to 9:45. That means that one team per week will recieve a bye, starting with the Clappers this week. The first six weeks of the schedule are now posted. We are off for the Thanksgiving weekend (Oct 8th), but it looks like we may have to play on at least one of the other holidays (Remembrance Day - Nov 12th weekend or Family Day - Feb 11th weekend). I will take a poll of the clubs and see what the preference is.

     The season format will see all teams starting in the same pool and be separated into the two divisions after the first couple months of action. Teams will play each member of the other division once only with the balance of the schedule to come against your own divisional opponents.





Opening Week In The Books! / Week 2 Schedule


     The first week of the NWBHL season went off without a hitch... well, almost. The annual opening night Arenex staffing mix-up did delay our ball-drop by a few minutes, but once we got going we saw four pretty entertaining games, with the Mercenaries, Clappers, and Pirates earning wins and the Outsiders firing a last-minute tying goal to salvage a point against the Panthers. The first two games of the evening were recorded and you can view them here:

Mercenaries vs Titans      Clappers vs Saints


     The schedule for week 2 (as well as the next several weeks), will be posted Tuesday evening. One team that is still working on finalizing their entry and the final decision is to be made that night. The other teams that were off last week will also be making their season debuts.





Opening Night Schedule!


     The first four games of opening night are now on the schedule with the possibility of one more slot to be added. We currently have the Clappers, Core, Mercenaries, Outsiders, Panthers, Pirates, Saints, and Titans already on the schedule with the Giants, Wolfpac, Rage and Ghostriders/Storm (Stormriders, most likely), that are still putting the finishing touches on their rosters before becoming official. Stay tuned as updates may be coming shortly...
(Update: The Giants now take over the Core's game slot this week and will face the Pirates. The Core will begin their schedule the following week)





Season Opens September 10th!


     The countdown is on as we are now less than ONE WEEK from our fall season starting date of September 10th. We move back to the Saturday night only slot as usual for the Fall campaign. Once again the season will be 18 games plus playoffs. The starting time of the first slot has been moved back slightly this season to 5:45 to accomodate a smoother transition between the gymnastics rental group in before us and our hockey.

    There is a bit of last minute scrambling by teams attempting to get their rosters in order, so the full list of teams is still a couple of days away. However, the first few weeks of the schedule should be posted sometime early this week.





Welcome to The Outsiders and Titans HC!


     I am pleased to announce the Northwest League debuts of a pair of teams this week. The Delta Titans HC, being helmed by Anil Hayre, and the West Coast Outsiders with Kevin Wong handling the GM duties. Both of these teams come to the Ndub after having their players gain some valuable experience in the Central City league. I wish them a warm welcome and am excited to see what these teams can do in the unique Arenex environment. Best of luck to the Titans HC and the Outsiders in the coming campaign!

        





Playoff Picture Set Released


     The Spring '16 Playoff Pics are now available for viewing. There are 178 photos in the album, covering most of series of the postseason.

SEE THEM NOW





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