Beaver Valley Nitehawks
|Beaver Valley Nitehawks|
|City||Fruitvale, British Columbia|
|League||Kootenay International Junior Hockey League|
|Home arena||Beaver Valley Arena|
|Colours||Royal Blue, Orange and White
|General manager||Terry Jones|
|Head coach||Terry Jones|
|1981-present||Beaver Valley Nitehawks|
The Beaver Valley Nitehawks are a junior 'B' ice hockey team based in Fruitvale, British Columbia, Canada. They are members of the Neil Murdoch Division of the Kootenay Conference of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL). The Nitehawks play their home games at Beaver Valley Arena. Dennis Bedin is the team's president and Terry Jones is the general manager and coach. They are captained by defenceman Archie Mckinnon.
The Nitehawks joined the league in 1981 as an expansion team. In its KIJHL history, the team has won the Cyclone Taylor Cup twice, in 1997 and 2001. The Nitehawks have won the KIJHL Championship six times, in 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2012. They won nine division playoff titles as a member of the Neil Murdoch Division from 1996-2014; one conference playoff title as a member of the Kootenay Conference from 2007-2014.
1979-1981: KIJHL application
The idea of starting a junior hockey team in Fruitvale was born when Shirley Levesque, manager of the Beaver Valley Midgets, and Darrell Dickson, their coach, hosted a Beaver Valley Minor Hockey Tournament. During this tournament they noticed people from the valley, who had never before been inside the 10-year-old building, coming to games at six in the morning to watch the young talent. This was a good indication that there were many local hockey fans just waiting for some exciting and entertaining hockey; Darrell suggested to Shirley that they start a junior team, and the work began.
First they had to convince the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League that there were enough young hockey players in the area to man another junior team. This was not an easy task, as many KIJHL teams at the time were situated within a half-hour of Fruitvale, and a new team might cause them to lose players they had counted on—but on the other hand it was also appealing to them: they knew that great rivalries would begin, bringing new fans to their arenas. Since BVMH was one of the strongest minor hockey programs around at the time, it seemed fitting they should have their own junior team to go with it.
Once the KIJHL accepted, an executive was formed consisting of Darrell Dickson, Shirley Levesque, Roy Taylor, Noel Smith and Stuart McPhee. There was a contest to choose the name, and when Robbie Taylor of Fruitvale suggested Nitehawks the executive knew they had a winner. Kim Campbell of Trail designed the hawk for the jersey crest, the first coaches were Tom Gawryletz and Murry Price, Darrell Dickson was the manager, and the trainers were Barry Marshall and Leo Campeau.
The 1981-82 KIJHL season saw the first Beaver Valley Nitehawks hit the ice, led by captain Tyler Bolduc. The first year was very successful: the team went into a wild playoff with the Trail Smoke Eaters, and additional bleachers had to be brought into the arena for these exciting games. The Nitehawks were up two games to none, but when Trail came back to win the series they set the tempo of rivalry for years to come.
Over the next three decades the Nitehawks won their division championship nine times, the KIJHL championship five times (in 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2012), and two provincial championships for the Cyclone Taylor Cup (in 1997 and 2001). When they won the Cup in 2001, their playoff win-loss record was a perfect 16-0.
Entering the 2013-14 KIJHL Playoffs, the Nitehawks have made nineteen consecutive playoff appearances since the 1995-96 season; winning six-out-of-nine KIJHL Championships and winning one-out-of-four Cyclone Taylor Cups in that span.
They set a record in junior hockey for the longest winning streak, which started in the 1997 season and ended in the 1998 season after 39 straight wins. Many players receive scholarships and continue on to play college hockey but, of course, the pride of Fruitvale and the Nitehawks is Adam Deadmarsh, who not only won the World Cup of Hockey with Team USA but also brought the coveted Stanley Cup home to the Beaver Valley Arena in 1996. Other players drafted by the NHL teams were Ed Cristofoli from the 1983 team, Neil Eisenhut from the 1985 team, and Barrett Jackman from the 1997 team.
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
|1981-82||42||19||23||0||―||38||211||270||4th, West||Lost to Trail|
|1993-94||40||18||21||1||―||37||206||262||3rd, West||Lost to Nelson|
|1995-96||42||14||27||1||―||29||159||228||4th, West||Lost to Castlegar|
|1996-97||41||26||11||4||―||54||193||147||1st, Neil Murdoch||KIJHL Champions (Rockies)
Cyclone Taylor Cup Champions
|1997-98||50||29||18||3||―||61||228||204||1st, Neil Murdoch|
|1998-99||50||37||11||2||―||76||219||139||1st, Neil Murdoch||KIJHL Champions (Grizzlies)|
|1999-00||46||30||13||3||―||63||287||174||2nd, Neil Murdoch||Lost in Division Finals (Leafs)|
|2000-01||58||45||7||3||3||96||338||180||1st, Neil Murdoch||KIJHL Champions, 4-0 (Grizzlies)
Cyclone Taylor Cup Champions (Storm)
|2001-02||50||37||9||3||1||78||266||138||1st, Neil Murdoch||Lost in Finals, 1-3 (Eagles)|
|2002-03||50||42||7||1||0||85||269||118||1st, Neil Murdoch||KIJHL Champions, 3-0 (Eagles)|
|2003-04||50||39||9||2||0||80||239||133||1st, Neil Murdoch||KIJHL Champions, 1-0 (Storm)|
|2004-05||50||35||10||3||2||75||255||143||1st, Neil Murdoch||Lost in Finals, 1-4 (Storm)|
|2005-06||50||35||10||3||2||75||263||159||1st, Neil Murdoch||Lost in Finals, 1-4 (Eagles)|
|2006-07||52||35||14||―||3||73||229||162||2nd, Neil Murdoch||Lost in Division Finals, 2-4 (Leafs)|
|2007-08||52||32||12||―||8||72||211||175||2nd, Neil Murdoch: West||Lost in Conference Finals, 2-4 (Ghostriders)|
|2008-09||52||26||16||―||6||58||182||170||3rd, Neil Murdoch||Lost in Division Semifinals, 2-4 (Rebels)|
|2009-10||50||23||22||1||4||51||202||203||4th, Neil Murdoch||Lost in Division Semifinals, 3–4 (Leafs)|
|2010-11||50||32||13||1||4||69||202||170||2nd, Neil Murdoch||Lost in Division Finals, 1-4 (Rebels)|
|2011-12||52||42||7||0||3||87||323||154||1st, Neil Murdoch||KIJHL Champions, 4-0 (Chiefs)|
|2012-13||52||33||15||3||1||70||228||160||2nd, Neil Murdoch||Lost in Division Finals, 3-4 (Rebels)|
|2013-14||52||38||10||1||3||80||229||143||2nd, Neil Murdoch||TBD|
|Season||1st Round||2nd Round||3rd Round||Finals|
|1999–00||W, 4-3, Osoyoos||L, Nelson||—||—|
|2000–01||W, 4-0, Nelson||W, 4-0, Osoyoos||—||W, 4-0, Revelstoke|
|2001–02||W, 4-0, Spokane||W, 4-1, Castlegar||W, 3-0, Columbia Valley||L, 1-3, Sicamous|
|2002–03||W, 4-1, Castlegar||W, 4-3, Nelson||W, 3-0, Kimberley||W, 3-0, Sicamous|
|2003–04||W, 4-0, Castlegar||W, 4-0, Spokane||W, 2-1, Round-robin||W, 1-0, Osoyoos|
|2004–05||W, 4-0, Nelson||W, 4-1, Castlegar||W, 3-0, Kimberley||L, 1-4, Osoyoos|
|2005–06||W, 4-0, Spokane||W, 4-0, Nelson||W, 3-0, Fernie||L, 1-4, Sicamous|
|2006–07||W, 4-3, Castlegar||L, 2-4, Nelson||—||—|
|2007–08||W, 3-0, Castlegar||W, 4-3, Nelson||L, 2-4, Fernie||—|
|2008–09||L, 2-4, Castlegar||—||—||―|
|2009–10||L, 3-4, Nelson||―||―||―|
|2010-11||W, 4-3, Nelson||L, 1-4, Castlegar||—||—|
|2011-12||W, 4-1, Spokane||W, 4-3, Castlegar||W, 4-1, Fernie||W, 4-0, Kelowna|
|2012-13||W, 4-2, Nelson||L, 3-4 Castlegar||—||—|
Records as of April 15, 2012.
|2000–01||W, Campbell River||W, 2-0, Delta|
|2002–03||—||L, 0-2, Campbell River|
|Season||Gold Medal Game||Bronze Medal Game|
|2003–04||—||L, 4-7, Peninsula|
|2011–12||—||L, 3-5, Delta|
Records as of April 22, 2001.
|Keystone Cup Champions|
|Year||Champions||Runners-Up||Consolation Champions||Host City|
|2001||Assiniboia Southern Rebels||Ridge Meadows Flames||Beaver Valley Nitehawks (W, 5-4, Edmonton)||Maple Ridge, BC|
Awards and trophies
Coach of the Year
Most Valuable Player
Rookie of the Year
- Official website of the Beaver Valley Nitehawks
- Official website of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League
- Official website of the Cyclone Taylor Cup
- Official website of the Keystone Cup