Friday, September 30, 2016

Rampage set to drop the puck on 2016-17 season with Kitimat in town Saturday

A fresh sheet of ice and hopes for a Coy Cup championship make for the start of October as Rampage hockey returns to the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre for the 2016-17 season.

The Rhinos dig into the ice for their season opener on Saturday night as they renew acquaintances with their Northwest rivals the Kitimat Ice Demons and the Prince Rupert squad will take to the ice this weekend with some changes to the line up from last season.

As is always the case in Senior Men's hockey, some members of the Rampage from past seasons have hung up the blades, creating space for new arrivals and hard working younger skaters to make their way into the Prince Rupert lineup for this season.

Prince Rupert heads into their season opener coming off an exhibition game win over the Terrace River Kings last weekend, when the Rampage topped the visitors by a score of 4-1 in front a large crowd of North Coast hockey fans gathered to remember the life of former coach and team founder Frank Pyde.

The lessons of the past from their former head coach and the impact on the team that he provided will mark much of the course of the 2016-17 season for the Rhinos, who finished third in the CIHL West last year with a 7-8-1 record, with five of those wins in the confines of the always noisy and boisterous Civic Centre arena.

This years version will be looking to add to last years offensive output which saw Rampage play makers find the net 78 times, though work will be required once again on the blue line where the Prince Rupert squad surrendered 81 goals through the sixteen games of 2015-16.

One thing is certain, visitors coming into the Jim will know that they have a battle ahead to take two points out of the city, the Rampage had their most success in front of the home town crowds and with Penalties in Minutes at 427, Rupert makes for a tough stop on the CIHL schedule for many teams.

One interesting note from the Rampage dressing room finds Derek Baker and Jared Andreeson stepping into the coaching ranks for the season ahead, taking up assistant coach duties behind the bench.

They join Assistant Coach Ron German, along with head coach Roger Atchison in guiding the mix of returning veterans and new arrivals as they look to improve on last years record.

The list of the 25 members listed to start the 2016-17 season for the Rampage can be found below, those returning for another year of CIHL hockey have their stats from last year noted  beside their name.

The full Rampage  scoring review from last year courtesy of  the CIHL can be found here.

The Rampage roster features 17 forwards, six new to the lineup for this year, all looking to put some scoring punch into this years lineup

Jordan Aubee ( 0 G, 4 A -- 2015-16 )
Cole Atchison ( 7 G , 2 A -- 2015-16 )
Kale Burns ( 1 G, 4 A -- 2015-16 )
Jared Carter
Mike Coolin ( 1 G, 2 A -- 2015-16)
Josh Cook  ( 14 G, 9 A -- 2015-16)
Jean Luc Fournier  ( 1 G,  6 A -- 2015-16
Hunter German
Tyler Halliday ( 7 G, 9 A -- 2015-16 )
Jared Meers ( 5 G, 12 A -- 2015-16 )
Kendall Mossini
Kory Movold ( 11 G, 11 A-- 2015-16 )
Tyler Matalone
Craig Munro  ( 6 G, 2 A -- 2015-16 )
Bryan Tates
Ben Towner
Jordan Weir ( 0 G,  0 A -- 2015-16 )

Six hold the blue line prepared to defend the Rhino's side of centre ice, a mix of three vets and three newcomers.

Marcus Atchison ( 0 G, 1 A -- 2015-16 )
Jared Davis ( 0 G, 4 A -- 2015-16 )
Dave Long
Hayden Long
Tyler Ostrom  ( 1 G, 14 A - 2015-16 )
Jacob Santurbano

While two returnees will make for the last line of defence in the Rampage nets.

Devon Gerrits ( 4 W , 1 L - 4.38 GAA--  2015-16 )
Jarrod Hildebrand ( 2 W, 5 L - 4.73 GAA -- 2015-16 )

The CIHL has also seen a slight change for the year ahead, with Lac La Biche stepping aside, owing to a number of community issues ranging from concerns over the local rink to an ability to recruit enough players to fill roster requirements.

And while the CIHL continues to look for new communities to sign up and add to new pins on the map for the league, for the 2016-17 season the league will be one team down with the four Northwest teams proving to be the strength of the six team circuit which also has teams in Quesnel and Williams Lake.

Puck drop Saturday is 7 PM and it should be another large crowd that greets the home side to the ice, Prince Rupert has provided for some of the most consistent attendance in the CIHL since the Rampage joined up, with residents of the North Coast making Rampage hockey a community event for each of the ten games that  mark the home schedule.

Such is the affection for the home town side, that Prince Rupert led the CIHL in attendance last year, with 5,049 fans heading to the Civic Centre on game nights. That made for an average of 631 per game, though on those prime time Friday or Saturday games, that mark was surpassed quite easily by some very passionate Rampage fans.

As we have in past years, you can track the progress of the Rampage in their quest for a CIHL championship through the year on our archive page here, which features a number of links both to the Rampage and stories of note from the other teams of the league.

As well as our features page, scores and results from both home and away games can be found on our Rampage Results page, which will provide updates and summaries through the season ahead. The permanent link to both features can be found on our right hand column under North Coast Sports.

Rampage Results/Schedule 2016-17

It's another season of Prince Rupert Rampage action, as the hometown squad looks to claim the CIHL Championship for the North Coast. See our season preview and full Rampage schedule listing here.

Below we will update the developments of the 2016-17 Regular season, posting the results and scoring summaries following each Rampage game. Results from the current week and an update on the next game to come will be posted below as the season progresses.

Those looking to keep up to speed on rumours and discussions on the CIHL might want to check in at the BC Senior Hockey Forum page, where CIHL News appears on a  regular basis.

Rampage Record 2016-17

0 Regulation Wins, 0 Regulation losses, 0 Shootout wins,  0 Shootout loss

Regular Season Schedule and Results

Home Games in Red, Away games in Green, Winners highlighted in BOLD
When Game Summaries are available they will be highlighted in blue.

Saturday, October 1
Kitimat Ice Demons at Prince Rupert Rampage  Puck Drop 7 PM


Pre Season game
Frank Pyde Charity Hockey Game

Saturday, September 24 -- Terrace River Kings 1 at Prince Rupert 4


CIHL Standings  ( click here )

Full CIHL Scoreboard  ( click here )

Our North Coast Review Rampage and CIHL News Archives can be found here.

Rampage on Social Media

Prince Rupert Rampage on Facebook
Prince Rupert Rampage on Twitter 
Prince Rupert Rampage website

Reports suggest that Petronas is pondering sale of stake in Pacific NorthWest project

Days after receiving approval from the Federal Government for the Pacific NorthWest LNG project, reports out of Malaysia are suggesting that the global energy giant Petronas is giving some thought to selling its majority share in the proposed multi billion dollar terminal project.

Reuters posted an article to its international website today that outlines the scope of the discussion that is taking place inside the Petronas board room these days as the company weighs such issues as global gas prices, costs and financial returns with its global ambitions.

The Pacific NorthWest LNG project is one of the largest foreign investments that the state owned Malaysian company has embarked on in recent years.

According to the Reuters report, the company has been considering selling its share of the project for months, though they apparently have a fall back plan should they not receive sufficient interest in their sale proposal.

In the Reuters report, its suggested that the company is considering plans to put the project "on ice" for the time being, with hopes of seeing gas prices turn around to provide more financial certainty for the development.

Reuters also notes that Petronas is offering no public comment on the potential sale or deferral of the project at this time.

Other investors in the proposed development are from China, India, Japan and Brunei.

You can review the Reuters article here.

In August, Petronas had noted that it would further review its Canadian plans once the Federal Government had delivered its decision on the fate of the North Coast project, a short statement from the company on Wednesday reinforced those plans.

Canadian news providers picked up on the Reuters theme today as well, providing more background on the latest twist to the long running Petronas story.

Petronas weighs sale to exit $27-billion B.C. LNG project: sources
Petronas faces US$27 billion question after Ottawa approves LNG project
Petronas can still thrive with PNW LNG approval despite potential sell of stakes: FSL for LNG founder

Our overview of the Pacific NorthWest LNG project can be found on this archive page which has been following the progress and news developments for the project since it was first announced.

Prince Rupert Mayor to join BC Mayors Climate Control Council

Mayor Lee Brain and
Smithers Mayor Taylor
Bachrach taking a break
from UBCM work in Victoria

(photo from Mayor Brain's
Facebook Page)

As the UBCM convention wraps up in Victoria today, a stream of announcements is starting to gain traction as municipal leaders outline some of their work at the annual gathering.

Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain had some news to share with North Coast residents on Thursday, highlighting through his Facebook page of a new step in his political career, joining the group of British Columbia Mayors that make up the municipal led initiative on climate change.

The opening on the BC Mayors Climate Leadership Council became available earlier this month when Burns Lake Mayor Luke Strimbold announced his resignation from municipal politics, leaving a spot open with the collective as the municipal leaders took to their work this week.

With his addition to the municipal organization, Mayor Brain will join Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach in representing communities of the Northwest on the ten member Council.

In his update for residents, Mayor Brain notes that he will bring some of the work currently underway in Prince Rupert to the municipal group, Mayor Brain is currently chair of the City of Prince Rupert's 2030 sustainable City Committee, part of the Hays 2.0 Vision plan which features a number of sustainable concepts.

Formed in September of 2010, the organization made up of mayors and council members from large and small communities across the province is designed to move the concept of climate action forward.

The focus of the BC Municipal Climate Leadership Council is to lead, educate and engage residents across the province in issues of climate action in their community.

You can learn more about their work here.

Further notes on developments at UBCM can be found on our archive page here.

NDP's Horgan offers up a shift in provincial/municipal relations for UBCM members

The week that is turned over to speeches, presentations and workshops continued into its fourth day yesterday and the focus once again turned to the provincial scene as the opposition NDP had its time to bend some ears at the UBCM convention

One day following BC Liberal Premier Christy Clark's address to the delegates, NDP leader John Horgan had his time at the podium, providing a narrative for the province's municipal leaders that charted the future should the NDP form a government in May of 2017.

In his comments for the convention, Mr. Horgan talked of a new relationship, one which embraces a partnership with municipalities and ends what he called the divisive politics of the Liberals under Christy Clark.

“Instead of listening, learning and embracing partnership with local governments, our premier continues to deny, deflect and download costs,” ... “I want to restore people’s faith in the ability of government to make life better, to make change happen, to invest in our future, to come to the table with new ideas, [and] to make our economy work for all of us, not just a fortunate few,”

NDP Leader John Horgan covered a fair amount of
territory in his UBCM address on Thursday
Photo from UBCM Flckr feed)

Through the address the NDP leader put a significant focus on transportation infrastructure, telling delegates that an NDP government would make a four lane highway from Kamloops to the Alberta border one of its priorities for investment.

As well for those delegates from the population heavy Lower mainland, he touted an increase in provincial funding for transportation and transit improvements increasing provincial participation to 40 percent.

Horgan also touched on education concerns in the province, noting that the NDP would offer a different approach to what he suggested were the pre-election funding motives of the Liberal party.

Countering the flow of sudden burst of financial resources recently delivered by the Liberals, with  an NDP plan to deliver  stable and predictable funding, designed he said to allow for School Districts to address issues in their communities.

For the municipal leaders in attendance, Horgan also outlined a new approach when it comes to the delivery of community gaming, noting that an NDP government would improve the current system to provide for long-term, flexible funding to local governments.

Some of his key talking points from Thursday's address can be reviewed here.

Should Mr. Horgan be successful in the upcoming campaign he will have the marquee speaking time at the 2017 convention and members attending the Vancouver gathering will have an opportunity to gauge how fast a track the NDP leader will be on when it comes to his promised new direction.

You can review our notes on the week of UBCM from our archive page here.

More background on provincial politics is available on our Legislature archive page or through our political portal Darcy McGee.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Prince Rupert Fire/Rescue work fire on 7th Avenue West

Fire crews from Prince Rupert Fire Rescue were dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of 7th Avenue West on Thursday afternoon, as a smoke billowed over a residence tucked up the small path that leads east from near the corner of Thompson and Seventh West.

The first call came in around 3 PM with fire crews responding quickly to the residence which was already fully involved upon their arrival.

The hard to reach location made battling the fire a bit of a challenge for responding crews, which utilized both the aerial ladder and the work of ground crews from a second truck in attacking the blaze from different directions to try and bring the blaze under control.

Members of the RCMP were directing traffic away from the area and keeping onlookers back in order to allow the Fire crews access to the fire scene.

No injuries were reported as a result of the fire, the cause of which has yet to be determined.

Fire Crews were still on the scene into the evening to watch for hot spots.

More items related to the work of Northwest Emergency responders can be found on our archive page.

Update: September 30 -- As Prince Rupert Fire Rescue begin their investigation into the cause of Thursday afternoon's fire, local residents have begun to contribute to a Go Fund Me Page for Lee Milnes the owner of the house.

You can learn more about their efforts and make a contribution here.

Prince Rupert Ground Search and Rescue launches Fall recruitment drive

The organization that stands ready to respond to requests for assistance whenever they come in is currently seeking new members, with the Prince Rupert Ground Search and Rescue organization looking to add to their roster of dedicated volunteers looking to serve the community.

And while many might think that they don't have the kind of skills required to be of service to the group, the members of Prince Rupert Ground Search and Rescue note that they need help in a number areas beyond the physical needs of their search and rescue work.

From administration to grant applications, public relations and logistics the operations on the North Coast require a core group of volunteers behind the scenes to help keep the organization on track and able to respond to calls for assistance.

Prince Rupert Ground
Search and Rescue is currently
looking to add to their group
of volunteers
A full overview of the types of positions that they need to fill can be found from the Prince Rupert Ground Search and Rescue Facebook page.

The information that is listed outlines the commitments as far as time and involvement, as well as the process that all applicant will be required to go through prior to becoming part of the local organization.

The group also outlines the various certification opportunities that are available for those who volunteer to serve, as well as the nature of the training that those that sign up can expect to find once they join.

Over the last few years we have noted some of their call outs through our archive feature on Emergency Responders in the Northwest, you can review some of those entries from our archive page here.