Fernie All-Stars show off on home-ice

Even though Fernie hockey players Jeff Zmurchyk and Fraser Abdallah were surprised about being selected for the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League All-Star team, they quickly proved in Saturday’s game, why they are called All-Stars.

  • Jan. 19, 2011 11:00 a.m.

The Kootenay conference All-Star team faced off against the Okanagan/Shuswap All-Stars in front of 877 fans.

Even though Fernie hockey players Jeff Zmurchyk and Fraser Abdallah were surprised about being selected for the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League All-Star team, they quickly proved in Saturday’s game, why they are called All-Stars.

The Kootenay Conference All-Star team beat the Okanagan/Shuswap All-Stars 10 – 3.

“I was really nervous on Saturday. I don’t get nervous for anything, but it was a different environment. But after I made my first save the nerves went away,” said Abdallah, who was the goaltender for the Kootenay team for the last two periods of the game.

He said that when he came out on the ice at the beginning of the game and the announcers said his name, he got a louder cheer.

Abdallah was surprised he ended up playing with the All-Stars.

“Because it was my first year I thought I might be playing with the Prospects,” he said.

Fernie Ghostriders head coach Will Verner, who also coached the Kootenay All-Star team, was impressed with Abdallah’s performance on Saturday night.

“Fraser played really well. He let one in, that bounced off his head, but he made some really good rebound-control saves,” said Verner.

Ghostriders defensemen, Zmurchyk, said, “I was pretty excited about being picked for the All-Stars. Not many people get the chance to play in an All-Star game so it was a big opportunity for me.”

He said he likes putting on a bit of a show, and being on home-ice in his hometown meant that he could put on a show for the hometown fans.

“It was a lot more personal for me to play for the All-Stars in my hometown,” said Zmurchyk. “I think I had a lot more fun with it than some of the other guys.”

For Abdallah and Zmurchyk, the All-Star game was a chance to play with players like Mike Wiest and Ryan Aynsley, who play for the Castlegar Rebels, one of the Ghostriders’ biggest rivals.

“It was different to play with your rivals. You still have that rivalry, but you put it aside. They’re all good guys,” said Zmurchyk.

The fans could see that even though the All-Stars were playing a skilled game, they were still having fun with each other.

“I wasn’t watching the game as a coach,” said Verner. “I was watching as a fan.”

The feeling of the game was much different on Friday night when the Prospects took to the ice.

The game was close but in the end the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference Prospects took the win 6 – 4.

“It was a really good game, it was the top 16 and 17-year-olds in the league,” said Verner.

He said that when the Prospects played it was a much more physical game with a lot of contact.

There were a lot of scouts at the Prospects game and different people from the KIJHL, which encouraged competition on the ice.

Verner said that the weekend was a big success.

At the Prospects game on Friday night, 650 fans filled the stands, and 877 fans attended Saturday’s All-Star game.

“It was a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Zmurchyk. “I’m glad I got to know some of those guys, and I’m looking forward to keeping in touch with them.”

Just Posted

Fernie club launches sponsorship program

Give the gift of a therapy horse this Christmas

Strong demand for domestic violence services in the Elk Valley

Over 650 women sought support from the Fernie Women’s Resource Centre in 2017

City of Fernie gets curlers back on the ice

City, Fernie Curling Club to share cost of $95,000 refrigeration mats to address leaks

Fernie outdoor rink to open December 17

City approves user fees for private rental of Outdoor Community Rink

Huge snowstorm headed for Elk Valley

Mainroad issues weather event advisory with up to 25cm expected over the next 24 hours

B.C. businesses evacuated due to emailed bomb threat, also received in U.S.

Penticton and Comox Valley businesses evacuated Thursday morning

Some Kotex tampons recalled in Canada and U.S.

In some cases, tampon users sought medical attention “to remove tampon pieces left in the body.”

Sex-assault squad investigated eight incidents at Toronto all-boys’ school

The interim president of a Roman Catholic all-boys school rocked by student-on-student abuse allegations said the football program was cancelled for next year.

Coal power in Canada must disappear by the end of 2029, new regulations say

Canada has significantly cut its dependence on coal largely due to the closure of all coal plants in Ontario.

‘Naive approach’ to China at fault in Meng mess: Scheer

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer called on the Trudeau government to “unequivocally denounce any type of repercussions to Canadians on foreign soil.”

Omar Khadr ‘a model of compliance,’ wants changes to bail conditions: lawyer

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr is back in court today to seek changes to bail conditions.

B.C. man linked to human remains probe gets absolute discharge on unrelated mischief count

Curtis Sagmoen was in Vernon Law Courts Dec. 13 for a mischief trial

Supreme Court upholds Canada’s right to reargue facts in assisted-dying case

Julia Lamb and the B.C. Civil Liberties Association are spearheading a challenge of the law

B.C. company facing several charges in 2017 chicken abuse case

CFIA investigation leads to 38 charges against Elite Farm Services and Ontario-based Sofina Foods

Most Read