Practices/Off-Ice Program/Weekly Schedule
Team practices are held three days a week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays. Every
morning (M-F) ice is available at the Beaver Valley Arena for skill development, team building, and various activities as part of the Breakfast Club, also known as B-Club, is overseen by Terry Jones Sr. and Pat Vallier, both of whom are long time Greater Trail residents, players, coaches, mentors, and community leaders.
Mondays, the team meets at the J.L. Crowe gymnasium for off ice training and team building sessions. The weekly routine will also include player/team meetings focusing on video review, statistical analysis, and group/individual feedback. All players will also be expected to participate in community activities – such as Special Olympics, Lions Bingo, Local Minor Hockey Mentorship Program, school visits, after school programs, and other related activities.
All Nitehawk players receive memberships at Elevate Sport and Health in Trail, B.C. Elevate is a new facility which specializes in sport training, rehabilitation, massage, and sport science. Players have the opportunity to attend the facility on a daily basis throughout the season.
All players still in high school attend J.L. Crowe Secondary in Trail, a short 15 minute drive from Fruitvale. J.L. Crowe features the very best in technology, athletics and academics. University like science laboratories, full weight and cardio rooms, a fully lighted 140 seat theatre for drama, smart board technology in every room, and wifi availability throughout the whole school.
Players who have completed high school may attend various post secondary institutions available in our area. Prospective players will be assisted by our education advisor to help in all education related matters.
The Beaver Valley Nitehawks play out of the Beaver Valley Arena in Fruitvale, British Columbia. The “Hawks Nest” seats 500 fans, houses the Nitehawks personal dressing room and is undoubtedly one of the most difficult places for KIJHL opponents to play in.
The City – Beaver Valley
Beaver Valley is comprised of three small villages – Montrose, Beaver Falls and Fruitvale. Fruitvale is the community that the Nitehawks are based out of, and is home to the Beaver Valley Arena. The down home, small town nature of our area provides a great recipe for success, with players and community members having ample opportunity to integrate with one another. The population of the Beaver Valley itself is approximately 5,000 people. The proximity to Trail (8,250,) Rossland (4,140) and Castlegar (8,338), provides the area with all the amenities of a larger city while maintaining its small town appeal.
Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) Information
The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League is a Junior League that operates 20 teams in the central and southeast corner of British Columbia, and one team in Washington State. In July 2023, the KIJHL received Junior A Tier 2 designation. For more than 50 years, the KIJHL without question in terms of professionalism, development, and success, was the best Junior B hockey league in Western Canada.
Exposure and Opportunity
The Nitehawks have a long history of helping young hockey players pursue their dreams of higher level hockey. Our staff is dedicated to helping develop players who are interested in pursuing opportunities in U.S. college hockey (NCAA/ACHA), Canadian University (U-Sports)/college hockey,Major Junior, European pro or North American Semi Pro.