The Revelstoke Grizzlies are the 2018/19 KIJHL champions after a 4-1 victory over the Kimberley Dynamiters on April 4 ended the series 4 games to 1.
The victory capped a tremendous season for the Grizzlies. There was little doubt from the start that they were among the best in the league. During the regular season, their record was 42 wins and only 6 losses, with one overtime loss.
Most nights, they dominated their opponents, winning by several goals.
Despite their very impressive record, they finished third, behind the Kelowna Chiefs and the Kimberley Dynamiters.
The playoffs gave the Grizzlies the perfect opportunity to settle the question of who was best in the league.
After sweeping Sicamous and 100 Mile House, the Grizzlies faced the Kelowna Chiefs, who boasted the top-scoring line in the league and the best record. The Grizzlies prevailed four games to two, then headed to the KIJHL championships versus the Dynamiters.
The Grizzlies put in another impressive performance, winning the series 4-1, including two 5-0 shutouts.
Overall, their record in the playoffs was 16 wins and just three losses.
Parade downtown April 6
The road win meant that the home crowd was denied a chance to share in the KIJHL trophy ceremony, so the Revelstoke Grizzlies will hold a parade on Saturday, April 6 at noon. The parade starts at the Revelstoke RCMP detachment building and ends in Grizzly Plaza.
What’s next for the Grizzlies?
The Grizzlies will now skate on to compete in the Cyclone Taylor Cup, the annual four-team tournament that brings the best Junior B teams in the province together.
This year, Campbell River plays host, so as the hosts the local Campbell River Storm will play.
The Pacific Junior Hockey League champion North Van Wolf Pack and the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League champion Victoria Cougars will face the
The tournament starts on Thursday, April 11, and the gold medal match is on Sunday, April 14 at the Rod Brind’Amour Arena in Campbell River.