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Summerland Steam
City Summerland, British Columbia
League Kootenay International Junior Hockey League
Conference Okanagan/Shushwap Conference
Division Okanagan Division
Founded 2011 (2011)–12
Home arena Summerland Arena
Colors Red, Black, White
General manager Flag of Canada Mike Rigby
Head coach Flag of Canada John DePourcq
Captain Flag of Canada Alex Williams

Franchise history
2011-present Summerland Steam

The Summerland Steam are a Canadian Junior "B" ice hockey team based in Summerland, British Columbia. They are a member of the Okanagan Division in the Okanagan/Shushwap Division of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League and play their homes games at Summerland Arena. Their General Manager is Mike Rigby and their head coach is John DePourcq.


The Summerland Steam were founded in 2011, and began play in the 2011-12 season in the Okanagan Division of the KIJHL. The town of Summerland previously had a franchise in the KIJHL, called the Summerland Sting, which relocated to Penticton for the 2009-10 KIJHL season, only two seasons before the Steam were founded. In the 1980s, the town was home to the Summerland Buckaroos, a Junior A team in the British Columbia Hockey League. The Buckaroos only lasted five seasons due to continuous losing records. In the Steam's first season, they missed the playoffs, finishing with a record of 15-35-0-2 and 32 points in 52 games, 24 points behind 4th place Kelowna. In their second season, the Steam qualified for the playoffs with a 21-28-1-2 record. They fell, 4-2, to the Kelowna Chiefs in the first round, losing four straight after winning the first two games of the series in Kelowna. In 2013-14, the Steam won the Okanagan Division, winning their last seven games and pulling ahead of Kelowna in the final few games of the regular reason. They were, however, upset in the first round of the divisional playoffs by North Okanagan. In 2014-15, the Steam finished second in the Okanagan Division, with a record of 28-19-2-3. They defeated the rival Chiefs in the first round, advancing to the division final. They lost, narrowly, to the division champion Osoyoos Coyotes. 12 players returned for the Steam for the 2015-16 season.[1] Despite their recent conception, the Steam hold intense rivalries with all of their fellow Okanagan Division teams, most notably the Kelowna Chiefs and Osoyoos Coyotes. They were also fierce geographic rivals with the Penticton Lakers for a few seasons, before the forced relocation of the Lakers to 100 Mile House. The Steam finished the 2015-16 KIJHL season with a record of 34-16-0-0-2, 2nd in the Okanagan Division behind the Osoyoos Coyotes. In the first round of the playoffs, the Steam defeated the Kelowna Chiefs 4-2 in a violent series, the second straight year the Steam have done so.[2] They then defeated the regular-season division champions Osoyoos Coyotes in the second round, advancing to play the 100 Mile House Wranglers in the conference finals.[3] The Wranglers would defeat the Steam 4-1, including a controversial Game 4 overtime winner. On August 10, 2016, the Steam named defenceman Alex Williams as team captain.[4] The Steam finished the 2016-17 season with a record of 34-9-1-3, and defeated Kelowna in the first round, in seven games, before being swept by the Osoyoos Coyotes in the second round.[5]

Origins of the team name

The Steam's name was taken from the famous Kettle Valley Steam Railway, the only remaining line of the trans-provincial Kettle Valley Railway, which runs through Summerland, and is a popular tourist destination in the town. The steam engine is pictured in the team's logo.

Season-by-season record

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Records as of March 14, 2017.[6]

Season GP W L T OL Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
2011-12 52 15 35 0 2 32 197 300 5th, Okanagan Did not qualify
2012-13 52 21 28 1 2 45 163 202 4th, Okanagan Lost Div Semifinals, 2-4 (Chiefs)
2013-14 52 33 15 1 3 70 208 152 1st, Okanagan Lost Div Semifinals, 2-4 (Knights)
2014-15 52 28 19 2 3 61 167 141 2nd, Okanagan Won Div. Semifinal, 4-3 (Chiefs)
Lost Div. Finals,2-4 (Coyotes)
2015-16 52 34 16 0 2 70 173 122 2nd, Okanagan Won Div. Semifinal, 4-3 (Chiefs)
Won Div. Finals, 4-2 (Coyotes)
Lost Conf Finals, 1-4 (Wranglers)
2016-17 41 29 8 1 3 62 162 103 2nd, Okanagan Won Div Semifinal, 4-3 (Chiefs)
Lost Div Finals, 0-4 (Coyotes)
2017-18 47 27 16 1 3 58 173 156 3rd, Okanagan Lost Div. Semifinals 3-4 (Coyotes)
2018-19 49 25 20 2 2 54 166 155 2nd, Okanagan Won Div. Semifinals 4-1 (Posse
Lost Div. Final 1-4 (Chiefs)
2019-20 49 22 22 1 4 49 162 174 3rd of 5, Ohlhausen Lost Div. Semifinals 0-4 (Princeton)
2020-21 3 2 1 0 0 4 9 8 N/A Season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic


Records as of March 14, 2016.[7][8]

Season Division Semifinals Division Finals Conference Finals KIJHL Championship
2011-12 Did not qualify
2012-13 L, 2-4, Kelowna
2013-14 L, 2-4, North Okanagan
2014-15 W, 4-3, Kelowna L, 2-4, Osoyoos
2015-16 W, 4-2, Kelowna W, 4-2, Osoyoos L, 1-4, 100 Mile House
2016-17 W, 4-3, Kelowna L, 0-4, Osoyoos
2017-18 L, 3-4 Osoyoos
2018-19 W, 4-1 Princeton L, 1-4 Kelowna -- --
2019-20 L, 0-4, Princeton
2020-21 Season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

Team staff

  • General Manager: Mike Rigby
  • Head Coach: John DePourcq
  • Assistant Coaches: Jordan McCallum, Olli Dickson, Carter Rigby
  • Trainer: Jessica Slivka
  • Chaplin: Rick Gay

Awards and trophies

Most Sportsmanlike

  • Steve Semenoff: 2011-12 (Divisional)

Rookie of the Year

  • Kienan Scott: 2013-14

See also


  1. Coach likes pieces for Summerland Steam | Penticton Western News. (2015-09-11). Retrieved on 2015-11-13.
  2. Summerland Eliminates Chiefs With KIJHL Shutout Victory | KelownaNow. (2016-03-02). Retrieved on 2016-03-02.
  3. Steam win playoffs with home ice victory | Summerland Review. (2016-03-14). Retrieved on 2016-03-14.
  4. Williams named captain of Summerland Steam | Summerland Review. (2016-08-10). Retrieved on 2016-09-06.
  5. Coyotes sweep Steam in four and now face the Heat | Osoyoos Times. (2017-03-14). Retrieved on 2017-04-01.
  6. Regular season standings 2016-17
  7. Playoff Results
  8. League Champions

External links

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