Border Bruins

Players and coaches stand for a round of applause at The GEM Theatre, site of the Grand Forks Minor Hockey Association’s award ceremony Tuesday, March 15. Photo: Peter Kalasz Photography

Grand Forks Minor Hockey awards a success

GEM Theatre stes up after rain threatens to ruin the show

 

Head Coach Tyson Soobotin (far left) and his father Kelly share a moment in the spotlight after the U-15 Bruins’ took the house league championships at Nelson Sunday, March 6. Photo courtesy of Rich Piché

Grand Forks’ U-15 Bruins sweep house league championships

Young Bruins win final after tense shoot-out, says head coach

 

U-13 Bruins’ coaches Matt Zamec (far left) and Corey Flodell (far right) celebrate with the team after their championship win at The Jack Sunday, Feb. 27. Photo: Submitted

Grand Forks’ U-13 Bruins win West Kootenay playoffs

Weekend tournament saw young Bears come away with two overtime wins

 

Bruins Head Coach and General Manager Dave Hnatiuk tells a player exactly where to go during a lull in a regular season home game in October 2021. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Bruins’ coach built Grand Forks a team, just like he said he would

Head Coach and GM Dave Hnatiuk has laid a foundation he can build on

Bruins Head Coach and General Manager Dave Hnatiuk tells a player exactly where to go during a lull in a regular season home game in October 2021. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Bruins MVP, Captain Ray Warrack (centre), poses for photo with (L-R) Coach Dave Hnatiuk and assistant coaches Shane Gorman and Igor Agarunov at the team’s awards banquet Family Day Monday, Feb. 21. Photo: Submitted

Grand Forks Border Bruins wrap up regular season, celebrate players

The Bears picked up their fifth season win against Castlegar

Bruins MVP, Captain Ray Warrack (centre), poses for photo with (L-R) Coach Dave Hnatiuk and assistant coaches Shane Gorman and Igor Agarunov at the team’s awards banquet Family Day Monday, Feb. 21. Photo: Submitted
Bruins captain Ray Warrack scores the first goal against the Beaver Valley Nitehawks on Friday night, Feb. 11. Photo: Peter Kalasz Photography

Grand Forks’ Bruins bring Beaver Valley to home ice shoot-out

The Bears put up a hard fight, but lost to the Nitehawks in successive weekend games

Bruins captain Ray Warrack scores the first goal against the Beaver Valley Nitehawks on Friday night, Feb. 11. Photo: Peter Kalasz Photography
The Bruins are now ranked fourth in the Neil Murdoch Division, according to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. Graphic: borderbruins.ca

Grand Forks Border Bruins win at Castlegar, lose at home

The team played their last games of the season half over the Dec. 17-19 weekend

The Bruins are now ranked fourth in the Neil Murdoch Division, according to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. Graphic: borderbruins.ca
The Bruins went up against the Castlegar Rebels at The Jack Saturday, Dec. 11. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks’ Bruins lose two weekend games

The Bears have won one out of 20 games so far this season

The Bruins went up against the Castlegar Rebels at The Jack Saturday, Dec. 11. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Bruins forward Jackson Smith (#17) lets out a triumphant yell during Saturday’s game at the Jack. Photo: Peter Kalasz

Grand Forks Bruins take down Murdoch Division leader, ending losing streak

‘It’s nice to see the boys rewarded for playing a full 60-minutes,’ says Coach Hnatiuk

Bruins forward Jackson Smith (#17) lets out a triumphant yell during Saturday’s game at the Jack. Photo: Peter Kalasz
(L-R) Danny and Ben Macfarlane met with The Gazette at The Jack Goddard Memorial Arena during the Bruins’ Remembrance Day Skate Thursday, Nov. 11. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

West Boundary Brothers now teammates on Grand Forks Border Bruins

Danny and Ben Macfarlane grew up in Bridesville, now billeting in Christina Lake

(L-R) Danny and Ben Macfarlane met with The Gazette at The Jack Goddard Memorial Arena during the Bruins’ Remembrance Day Skate Thursday, Nov. 11. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
The Bruins nearly tied Friday night’s game against the Nelson Leafs. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks Bruins lose weekend home games

Bears acquitted themselves well against Nelson, went down hard against Beaver Valley

The Bruins nearly tied Friday night’s game against the Nelson Leafs. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Border Bruins forward Ethan Gourley goes up against Golden Rockets defenceman Sasa Jirousek at Friday’s game at the Jack (Oct. 15). Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Border Bruins lose to Rockets at Grand Forks

‘We’re getting better every week,’ says Bruins Head Coach

Border Bruins forward Ethan Gourley goes up against Golden Rockets defenceman Sasa Jirousek at Friday’s game at the Jack (Oct. 15). Photo: Laurie Tritschler
The Border Bruins play the Nelson Leafs Friday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. Photo: Jensen Edwards

UPDATE: Bruins won’t play after Friday’s game against Nelson Leafs

Citing Dr. Bonnie Henry’s recent travel restrictions, the KIJHL said teams can’t play within health regions

The Border Bruins play the Nelson Leafs Friday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. Photo: Jensen Edwards
Bruins drop two weekend games

Bruins drop two weekend games

But you can cheer them on Friday night.

Bruins drop two weekend games
Bruins’ assistant captain Trey Mason with Leafs’ assistant captain and the referee, discussing one of the many penalities called over the course of Monday night’s game. The game had a total of 41 penalities, keeping as many as four Bruins at a time in the box. (Kathleen Saylors/Grand Forks Gazette)

Bruins down in playoffs, cling to Game 4

The Bruins are playing a Tuesday night Game 4.

  • Feb 27, 2018
Bruins’ assistant captain Trey Mason with Leafs’ assistant captain and the referee, discussing one of the many penalities called over the course of Monday night’s game. The game had a total of 41 penalities, keeping as many as four Bruins at a time in the box. (Kathleen Saylors/Grand Forks Gazette)
Bruins keep playoff hopes alive

Bruins keep playoff hopes alive

The Bruins notched a crucial win last weekend.

  • Feb 15, 2018
Bruins keep playoff hopes alive
Bruins notch important win

Bruins notch important win

The Bruins will be hitting the rink again this weekend on strong footing.

  • Feb 8, 2018
Bruins notch important win
The Bruins pulled off a major win against Beaver Valley on Friday night, winning it with one point in sudden death overtime. However, the team fell to the Nelson Leafs the following night 3-1. (Kathleen Saylors/
Grand Forks Gazette)

Wine one, lose one for the Bruins

A recap of the Bruins’ weekend games against Beaver Valley and Nelson.

  • Feb 2, 2018
The Bruins pulled off a major win against Beaver Valley on Friday night, winning it with one point in sudden death overtime. However, the team fell to the Nelson Leafs the following night 3-1. (Kathleen Saylors/
Grand Forks Gazette)
The Castlegar Rebels made a strong offensive showing at home on Friday, going on to best the Bruins 6-2. (Kathleen Saylors/Grand Forks Gazette)

Bruins’ slump continues

The team is fighting for a playoff spot.

  • Jan 26, 2018
The Castlegar Rebels made a strong offensive showing at home on Friday, going on to best the Bruins 6-2. (Kathleen Saylors/Grand Forks Gazette)
The Border Bruins, like all Junior B teams in B.C., play wearing half-shields, as pictured in this photo from September 2017. Coach Emery Olauson is skeptical that the new protection requirements will make the game safer. (Kathleen Saylors/Grand Forks Gazette)

Coach skeptical of BC Hockey protection rules

Bruins’ coach and general manager Emery Olauson thinks concussion injuries will actually increase.

The Border Bruins, like all Junior B teams in B.C., play wearing half-shields, as pictured in this photo from September 2017. Coach Emery Olauson is skeptical that the new protection requirements will make the game safer. (Kathleen Saylors/Grand Forks Gazette)