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Monday, 17 August 2015


Kendell Wilson exiting the ice after a win during the 2014/15 KIJHL Season
Photo Credit:Sarah Mayer

As most of you are aware, and for those who aren't, the Summerland Arena is home to the Summerland Steam Junior Hockey Club of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. The KIJHL is comprised of 20 teams across 4 divisions with players ranging in age from 16 to 20. These players come from all over the Okanagan, BC, Alberta and beyond to pursue their dreams of taking hockey to the next level. 

The Summerland Steam enter the 2015/16 KIJHL season after a strong showing during the 2014/15 year. After a second place finish in the KIJHL’s Okanagan Division, the Steam are looking to build on their on-ice success in the coming year. To be successful on the ice the organization must be successful off the ice, and that success begins with our community. When players arrive to play in Summerland they become members of our community. They attend our schools, take jobs in local businesses, and play hockey in front of some of the best and loudest fans in the KIJHL. 

Becoming valued members of our community is something that our organization expects of the young men who are selected to play for your hometown team, and the organization is searching for host families for these players as they begin to arrive in our community.

The Summerland Steam are always looking for families who are interested in opening their doors and giving our players a home away from home during the season. Without host families the Steam would be hard pressed to succeed. Host families act as surrogate parents for the young men during the hockey season while the players are away from home. Becoming a host family can be a very exciting and rewarding experience for all those willing to open up their homes to dedicated players of the Steam organization.

Billet families will receive $500 a month, Complimentary season tickets for all family members and an invite to all team functions and ceremonies. To us you are that player’s second family, and by extension part of our family as well!

If becoming a host family, a volunteer, OR a Season Ticket Member is something that interests you, please contact Team Owner & GM Gregg at 250 462-0905 ( or Director of Media & Marketing Tim Hogg at 250-809-1820 (