COLE HOLOWENKO IS now tending goal for the WHL Everett Silvertips.

COLE HOLOWENKO IS now tending goal for the WHL Everett Silvertips.

Holowenko, McLean skating with new teams

Names in the News: A round-up of local athletes from the wide world of sports

Former Comox Valley minor hockey goalie Cole Holowenko is starting the Western Hockey League season with a new team.

On Sept. 17 Holowenko was traded to the Everett Silvertips from the Prince Albert Raiders in exchange for d-man Evan Morden and goalie Andy Desautels. Holowenko, a 19-year-old from Penticton, spent last season as Prince Albert’s primary goaltender.

The Chilliwack Bruins selected Holowenko 29th overall in the 2008 Bantam Draft, making him the second goalie taken. He made his WHL debut as a 16-year-old in 2009. He was traded to Prince Albert in 2010 and didn’t crack the Raiders’ roster until last season.

As Prince Albert’s primary goalie last season Holowenko went 13-26-1 with a 3.90 GAA and .890 save percentage for the team that finished with the league’s worst record.

Silvertips’ GM Garry Davidson said Holowenko and 17-year-old sophomore Austin Lotz will split duties this season, with ice time determined by performance.

Everett dropped their Sept. 22 regular season opener 6-0 to Prince George Cougars, with Holowenko taking over from Lotz to start the third period and stopping nine of 10 shots.

On Sept. 23 Holowenko got the start, and although the Silvertips led 6-3 they lost 7-6 to the Cougars in a shootout. Holowenko stopped 32 of 38 shots in regular and overtime as P.G. prevailed in the seventh round of the shootout.

• • •

Nigel Ellsay of Courtenay posted the second best Canadian finish in the junior men’s road race as the 2012 UCI Road World Championships wrapped up Sept. 23 in Limburg, Netherlands.

Ben Perry of St. Catharines, Ont. was the top Canadian in the event, finishing 37th with the same time of 3:00:45 as the newly crowned world champion Matej Mohoric of Slovenia.

Ellsay followed in the second pack, crossing the finish line 25s after the main group. Reigning Canadian champion Christopher Prendergast did not finish.

• • •

Brett McLean is playing hockey in the Swiss National League again this season, but he’s now with HC Lugano.

The Royston Rocket played with SC Bern in 2009-10 and 2010-11. In July 2011 he signed a two-way contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.

He was assigned to the ‘Hawks AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, and upon reaching the midpoint of the 2011-12 season without a recall, McLean sought a release and returned to the Swiss NLA, joining Lugano and scoring five goals in 10 games.

This year the 34-year-old centre has two goals through four games. McLean has seen a lot of the world. Drafted 242nd overall in 1997 by the Dallas Stars, he made his NHL debut with Chicago in 2002-03 and also had stops in Colorado, Florida and with Malmo of the Swedish Elitserien.

 

 

 

• • •

Taylor Green of Courtenay belted his third home run of the season for the Milwaukee Brewers in his team’s 10-4 loss to the Washington Nationals on Sept. 22.

Pinch-hitting in the ninth, Green’s two-run dinger gave him 14 RBI. He is hitting .194 in 98 at-bats in 54 games with the Brew Crew this season.

• • •

 

IN BRIEF Edmonton Eskimo offensive lineman Matt O’Donnell, a Comox native, was featured in the Sunday Province sports for his interesting career path that led him to the CFL … the 2012 inductees to the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame were announced last week, with prolific amateur boxer Tommy Boyce (of Vancouver, now living in Courtenay) once again left on the outside looking in …

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Dr. Sandra Allison and Dr. Charmaine Enns joined school district senior staff for a virtual town hall meeting to address the latest COVID concerns in schools. Image, screenshot
No secondary cases in Comox Valley schools, say health officers

School district hosts virtual town hall to address recent COVID-19 cases in schools

One of the rescues at CATS - Cat Advocates Teaching & Saving Society’s new location on Knight Road in Comox. Photo by Erin Halushak
Feline rescue organization growing into new space

Cat Advocates Teaching & Saving Society opens new facility on Knight Road

Comox Valley RCMP had access to 20 Street blocked off between Cousins and Choquette avenues as they conducted a raid of a house on the block. Photo by Terry Farrell
Comox Valley RCMP raid Courtenay problem house, several arrests made

Neighbours have reached out to media on several occasions with complaints about the property

A vial of Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a family doctor office, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 in Paris. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP -Christophe Ena
Tentative COVID-19 vaccine site chosen in the Comox Valley

B.C. is moving into Phase 2 of its COVID-19 mass immunization plan

Cumberland is considering downtown densification proposals, and with that comes questions around parking, among other things. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Water bottling ban, parking key changes for Cumberland zoning

Bylaw on amendments still need adoption following March 2 hearing

Sean LaFleur and Geoff Piper of Courtenay Nissan will be running 4 miles every 4 hours all weekend long in a fundraising campaign for YANA (You Are Not Alone).
VIDEO: Courtenay Nissan hosting YANA fundraiser

Courtenay Nissan is hosting a special YANA fundraiser all weekend long, from… Continue reading

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Walter Gretzky father of hockey hall-of-famer Wayne Gretzky waves to fans as the Buffalo Sabres play against the Toronto Maple Leafs during third period NHL hockey action in Toronto on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky, father of the Great One, dies at 82

Canada’s hockey dad had battled Parkinson’s disease and other health issues

Burnaby Mounties responded to 56 complaints and issued 10 tickets to people flouting COVID-19 restrictions in February. (Patrick Davies/100 Mile Free Press)
COVID denier fined $2,300 for hosting gathering in her home: Burnaby RCMP

The woman told Mounties she does not believe the pandemic is real

Municipal Affairs Minister Josie Osborne speaks in the B.C. legislature, March 4, 2021. (Hansard TV)
B.C. Liberals, NDP sing in harmony on local election reforms

Bill regulates paid canvassers, allows people in condo buildings

The intersection of Melrose Street and Third Avenue. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Suspect in custody after two pedestrians struck in Port Alberni hit and run

RCMP asking for video footage, credit witnesses for quick arrest

The Courtenay Fire Department hopes to start a new recruit training program in mid-2021, pending Provincial Health Orders. Scott Stanfield photo
Courtenay Fire Department gets creative

Due to public health orders resulting from COVID, the Courtenay Fire Department… Continue reading

(National Emergency Management Agency)
No tsunami risk to B.C. from powerful New Zealand earthquake: officials

An 8.1 magnitude earthquake shook the north of New Zealand Thursday morning

(AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
Pandemic stress, isolation key factors as to why Canadians turned to cannabis, alcohol

Study found that isolation played key role in Canadians’ substance use

Most Read