Sunday, April 5, 2015

Efforts to Relaunch TRU Hockey Gaining Momentum, Vees Alumni Rigby Signs Pro Deal, Thiessen Back in the NHL with Calgary:


The movement to relaunch the hockey team at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC is gaining momentum. I mentioned in this space a couple of days ago that the BCIHL had given Trevor Bast, who is spearheading the effort, until May 3 to have everything in place for TRU to participate in the league during the 2015-16 season. The TRU Student Union is currently attempting to facilitate the team as a club at the school. 

Bast and his group driving to relaunch the team need $75,000 by May 3 to prove sustainable over the next three years. There will be player fees, fundraising and sponsorship as soon as the team gets going, but the initial amount serves as an indicator to TRU and the BCIHL that money won't be an issue immediately.

Thus far, Bast has received a $10,000 donation and another $10,000 promised to match the next $10,000. If you're interested in contributing, you can contact Trevor Bast at trevorbast@gmail.com.

Forward Carter Rigby (Penticton, 2010-11) signed a pro contract with the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL on Saturday. Rigby had a career year in the WHL that saw him start with the Kelowna Rockets but finished with the Swift Current Broncos after a trade last fall. The Penticton, BC, native ended up with 46 points (18 goals, 28 assists) in 62 games. 

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Goaltender Brad Thiessen (Penticton, Prince George, Merritt, 2003-06) is back in the NHL after being recalled from the AHL by the Calgary Flames following an injury to back-up Karri Ramo. In 32 games with Adirondack this season, he has a 10-14-7 record with a 3.02 goals-against-average and a .905 save percentage. The 29-year-old from Aldergrove, BC, last appeared in the NHL with Pittsburgh in 2011-12.

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