The Nelson Leafs kick off the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup on Thursday night against the Victoria Cougars. On Friday

Cyclone Taylor Cup: Leafs ready for a rematch

The Nelson Leafs begin play in the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup on Thursday against the Victoria Cougars. On Friday they battle Beaver Valley.

The entire hockey season has been leading up to this week. The Nelson Leafs are ready to host the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup (April 10-13). The event will decide the junior B hockey provincial crown.

For the Leafs to take the title, they will have to beat a familiar foe — the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.

The Nitehawks eliminated the Leafs in post season play and went on to win the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) crown.

Now Nelson has the chance for a little payback.

“They are a great team and we are excited to have them here. It’s going to be great for two local teams to be in the Cyclone Taylor Cup and I think it’s going to be an exciting game on Friday,” said Leafs head coach Frank Maida about facing Beaver Valley once again.

While his squad is motivated and itching to get back on the ice, Maida said the Nitehawks do provide a little bit of extra  incentive.

“I think the boys are focussed and ready to go, regardless if Beaver Valley was coming or Kamloops. But, being Beaver Valley, I think we owe them one and we are going to be ready to go.”

The Cyclone Taylor Cup is a four-team tournament featuring the champions of the KIJHL (Beaver Valley), the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (Victoria Cougars) and the Pacific Junior Hockey League (Aldergrove Kodiaks) as well as the host team (Nelson).

While the Leafs’ coaching staff is familiar with Beaver Valley, the other two teams are a bit of a mystery.

“I know Victoria in the past has put together a pretty good team and they’ll be strong and so will Aldergrove… Hopefully we’ll get some video and have a look at the teams,” said Maida.

While the other three teams have been playing in their respective playoff series, Nelson hasn’t played a game in weeks.

However, Maida said the squad has been getting healthier during that time and preparing to return to game action.

“We’ve been practicing hard. We’ve gone seven days straight of practice getting ready for Thursday night.”

As the host team, Nelson has a big advantage by playing at the Nelson and District Community Complex.

“The crowd is great here in Nelson and we like playing in our own rink. Our team is built for this rink and it will be a great advantage,” said Maida.

The NDCC is bigger than many rinks and suits the Leafs’ high speed style.

 

2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup Schedule

 

April 10

3:30 p.m. Aldergrove vs. Beaver Valley

Nelson & District Community Complex

 

7:30 p.m. VIctoria vs. Nelson

Nelson & District Community Complex

 

April 11

3:30 p.m. Aldergrove vs. Victoria

Nelson & District Community Complex

 

7:30 p.m. Beaver Valley vs. Nelson

Nelson & District Community Complex

 

April 12

3:30 p.m. Beaver Valley vs. Victoria

Nelson & District Community Complex

 

7:30 p.m. Aldergrove vs. Nelson

Nelson & District Community Complex

 

April 13

10 a.m.  Fourth vs. Third

Nelson & District Community Complex

 

2:30 p.m. Second vs. First

Nelson & District Community Complex

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Haitian foster children arrive in Nelson after months-long lobbying effort

Marie-Paule Brisson and Sebastien De Marre have parented girls age 12 and 8 since they were babies

Nelson hospice starts Walk and Talk group in Lakeside Park

The Walk and Talk Grief Group is offered free to anyone grieving the death of a loved one

From baseball stars to forest fires: Southeast Fire Centre water bomber has an interesting past

Tanker 489 is stationed in Castlegar this year, but in the 1960s it belonged to the L.A. Dodgers.

RDCK to implement new emergency alert notification system

System also includes sends alerts for water advisories

B.C. sees 25 new COVID-19 cases, community exposure tracked

One death, outbreaks remain in two long-term care facilities

VIDEO: Vancouver Island cat missing 18 months reunited with family

Blue the cat found at Victoria museum 17 kilometres from home

COVID-19 cases identified in Kelowna, after public gatherings

Those who were downtown or at the waterfront from June 25 to July 6 maybe have been exposed to COVID-19.

VIDEO: Alberta man rescues baby eagle believed to be drowning in East Kootenay lake

Brett Bacon was boating on a lake in Windermere when he spotted the baby eagle struggling in the water

Conservationists raise concerns over state of care for grizzly cubs transferred to B.C. zoo

‘Let them be assessed now before their fate is sealed,’ urges B.C. conservationist Barb Murray

B.C.’s COVID-19 job recovery led by tourism, finance minister says

Okanagan a bright spot for in-province visitor economy

National Kitten Day aka the ‘purrfect’ day to foster a new friend

July 10 marks National Kitten Day, a special day to celebrate all things kittens

Lower Mainland YouTubers claim to be Kelowna display toilet ‘poopers’

RCMP can not speak to legitimacy of video, will be investigating

Haida matriarchs occupy ancient villages as fishing lodges reopen to visitors

‘Daughters of the rivers’ say occupation follows two fishing lodges reopening without Haida consent

Most Read