Fernie Ghostriders add Jeff Zmurchyk November 13, 2010Posted by ghostriders in : Fernie Ghostriders , comments closed
Jeff Zmurchyk was just 16 when he first played with the Riders as an AP but that year, 2006/07, Fernie won a KIJHL Championship and it was a tough year for a 16 year old to get a spot on the roster. At 17 Jeff became a regular and by the end of the season was a top two defenseman and was named as the team’s Rookie of the Year . The Ghostriders won the KIJHL Championship again that year and a Bronze Medal at the Cyclone Taylor Cup . The fans can see that Zmurchyk is a superb skater in the games but during some of the skating drills at the Rider practices this aspect of his game really stands out.
For the record. At 16 Jeff was listed at 5’10” 165 Lbs. At 20 he is listed at 6’ 190. So far in the two games he has played Jeff has 2 goals and an assist.
Below is the Ghostrider press release.
The Fernie Ghostriders announce that Jeff Zmurchyk has returned home and has rejoined our club. Jeff played the past two seasons in the BCHL for the Merritt Centenials and the Trail Smoke Eaters . Jeff will be pursuing a career as a firefighter and will start working toward his future occupation during his time in Fernie. Jeff was a big part of our 2008 championship and to add a player with his experience and leadership will help our club reach our goal of winning the Keystone Cup.
Ghostriders play a rare Wednesday game Vs Kimberley here in Fernie October 10 @ 7:30 November 8, 2010Posted by ghostriders in : Fernie Ghostriders , comments closed
The Ghostriders play the Kimberley Dynamiters Wednesday in game one of a home and home series that will resume in Kimberley on Friday night. The Dynamiters only played one game last week and that game was in Castlegar where they lost 5-4. Clayton Tilleman scored 2 in that game and Tory Caldwell took the loss in net. Kimberley outshot the Rebels 38-34 but the Rebel PP scored two and that was the difference.
The Nitros are 3-5-0-2 in their last 10 games and have 16 points. They are in a dog fight with Creston Golden and the surprising Columbia Valley Rockies for second place in the standings. The Nitros top scorers are Clayton Tilleman 12 Gs and 22 pts. Senate Patton 17 pts. Kristian Petit 16 pts Brendan Foreman 14pts and Alex Hall and Richard Hubscher with 13 pts. Hubscher has the most points per game average with 1.4. The Nitros nominee for the KIJHL Player of the Month for October was Goaltender Tory Caldwell . He played 9 games and had a 4-5 record. Caldwell always gives the Dynamiters a chance to win. Nitro’s Brennan Foreman and Oli Dickson had misconducts in the last 10 minutes of the Castlegar game and could miss Wednesday’s game.
The last time Fernie played Kimberley was on October 22 here in Fernie, the Ghostriders won 8-3 . Nitro’s # 15 Clayton Tilleman scored two for the Nitros and Thomas Abenante racked up 4 points for the Riders. Taylor Pears was in net for the Ghostriders while Tory Caldwell got the start for the Nitros but was chased out the Riders had 57 shots, Kimberley 16.
Despite outshooting the Columbia Valley Rockies 67-22 the Ghostriders lost 5-4 on the road in Invermere last Saturday. Jordie Cool, Jamie Vlanich, Chase Golightly and Thomas Abenante scored the Rider’s goals. The Ghostriders are having a hard time finishing their scoring chances but continue on average to outshoot their opponents at a 2-1 margin. The Ghostriders nominee for the KIJHL Player of the Month was Mike Wiest meanwhile Castlegar who won two games vs the Ghostriders in October nominated their goalie Andrew Walton . Here is what their coach Steve Junker said when he nominated his goalie “Andrew capped off the month with 2 huge victories over powerhouse Fernie where he clearly was the difference.”
Riders name Thomas Abenante at Captain November 4, 2010Posted by ghostriders in : Fernie Ghostriders , comments closed
The Ghostriders have named center Thomas Abenante as their Captain for the 2010-2011 season. They have also named Cale Wright and Zach Baba as assistant Captains. In Abenante they have a relentless superfit center who can stick his nose in and score, in Wright they have probably the most balanced player on the team who can man the blue line or be a valuable forward. In Baba the Riders have some very much needed toughness, and a little toughness is the one thing this team is lacking. Below is the perss release.
Will Verner ” The Fernie Ghostriders have named Thomas Abenante team Captain. Abenante brings a wealth of experience to the Riders leadership role as he has played Junior hockey for the past 4 seasons. Zach Baba and Cale Wright have been named Assistant Captains. This year is very important for our organization and we felt it was critical to allow the group time for the leaders to emerge. We will rely heavily on these 3 young men to lead us to a Western Canadian Championship.