New bench boss re-builds Comox Valley Glacier Kings

Sad-sack VIJHL franchise hopes things are looking up this season

The new head coach/general manager of the beleaguered Comox Valley Glacier Kings is confident his team can be in the mix during the 2020/21 Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League season.

“It’s going to be a different team this year. We should be in every game,” Mike Nesbitt said. “I completely re-built the team, from scratch basically.”

Nesbitt brings 20-plus years of coaching and managing experience to the Junior B hockey club. He had been head coach/GM of the Ponoka Stampeders of the Heritage Junior B Hockey League (HJHL) in Alberta, prior to which he was a coach with the Oshawa Generals AAA midget team.

The Yetis won just a handful of games in each of the past few seasons. Last year, the team didn’t win a game until Nov. 23. In February, however, the Glacier Kings won four of eight games that month.

There are about 10 returning players this season, including forwards Damian Rennie (captain), Jordan Neufeld (assistant captain), Ryan Telford and Matthew Teasdale, and defender Boden Davis.

Along with eight 20-year-olds, there are also “five really good rookies,” said Nesbitt, whose son Bailey will play forward on this year’s squad.

Another new acquisition is 6’3” forward Khale Skinner, who played last season for the 100 Mile House Wranglers and the Columbia Valley Rockies in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL).

“He’s a goal-a-game guy in every league he’s ever been in,” Nesbitt said.

He also acquired goalie Jordan Wilde of Kelowna, who was drafted in the WHL and has played Junior A in Ontario. Campbell River’s Jayce Hudak, who played 16 games with the Campbell River Storm last season, will also tend net for the Yetis.

The Glacier Kings kicked off the season this weekend with a home-and-home against the Storm. Fans can watch games through Hockey TV. Use the coupon code VIJHLKINGS$20 and get $80 off.

Just Posted

A picture of John taken at Children's Hospital Vancouver last week. Photo courtesy, Alicia Sewid.
RCMP investigating after young boy run over by SUV in Campbell River grocery store parking lot

The seven-year-old Campbell River resident has multiple injuries including a broken pelvis and was admitted to Children’s Hospital in Vancouver

A video message from Mrime Minister Justin Trudeau was streamed to attendees at the State of the Island Economic Summit on Tuesday morning. (Vancouver Island Economic Alliance image)
Prime minister greets Vancouver Island economic summit attendees

Vancouver Island Economic Alliance conference being held virtually this week

Candice Woloshyn prepares her flower beds for the next season at her ‘Dirty Girl Flowers’ farm in Merville. Despite the pandemic, Woloshyn was able to sustain her homegrown business as community members opted for regular deliveries of fresh cut flowers. Photo by Binny Paul/ Campbell River Mirror.
Vancouver Island flower farmers were blooming as the pandemic wilted everything else

Floriculturists saw increased subscriptions as fresh flowers became a ‘sight for sore eyes’ during isolation

Struggling to afford rent, Sylvia Bailey is hoping to trade her love of cooking for some more affordable accommodation. (Photo courtesy of Sylvia Bailey)
Retired Victoria woman looking to cook, clean or garden in exchange for rent

Sylvia Bailey is hoping to use her love for cooking to help afford rent

View Royal Coun. John Rogers stands next to an unearthed home heating oil tank. As a way to prevent environmental disasters, he is lobbying for a provincial registration system and mandatory inspection for all above-ground tanks, as well as a requirement to remove any underground tanks not used for a prescribed period of time. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Efforts to regulate Greater Victoria home heating oil tanks continues

View Royal councillor part of movement to identify old tanks, prevent catastrophic leaks

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry arrives for briefing on the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, Oct. 26, 2020 (B.C. government)
B.C. records 217 more COVID-19 cases, mask use urged

Infection spike continues, 21 senior facilities affected

Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to win the baseball World Series in Game 6 Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
L.A. Dodgers beat Rays 3-1 to win 1st World Series title since 1988

National League champs claim crown in six games

Seven-year-old Aaliyah Rosa was found dead in an apartment in Langley in July. (Langley Advance Times files)
Child’s body cold, no pulse: Off-duty cop testifies in Langley mother’s murder trial

The seven-year-old girl’s mother faces a first-degree murder charge

Nanaimo RCMP are investigating two fires set in the stairwell of an apartment building after they were deemed suspicious by Nanaimo Fire Rescue. (Photo submitted)
Fires set in apartment building under investigation in Nanaimo

Paper set alight in apartment building stairwells being investigated as arson

People march during a climate strike in Montreal, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Judge rejects 15 youths’ climate change lawsuit against Canadian government

Justice Michael Manson has granted the government’s motion to strike the plaintiffs’ claim

Ucluelet RCMP detachment. (Westerly file photo)
Driver facing charges after crashing into pedestrian at Ucluelet crosswalk

“It’s a reminder to slow down and pay attention,” said Sgt. Steve Mancini.

In a statement, BC RCMP’s media relations officer Cpl.Chris Manseau said that even an amount as small as grain of sand could be fatal. (File photo)
Sayward RCMP alerts residents after highly toxic carfentanil found in village

The opioid’s toxicity levels is 100 times more than that of fentanyl

Father Charles Brandt, a hermit priest. File Photo
Island environmentalist and Catholic priest-hermit Father Charles Brandt passes away

He devoted his life to protecting and preserving the Comox Valley’s natural habitats

Most Read