Friday, November 17, 2017

Ice Time Sunday w/ Cougars

Hi All, 
We have ice time scheduled this Sunday November 19th with the Cougars at 4:45pm. We sent out a BenchApp earlier this week to gauge interest due to the fact that we also have the Grandforks Tournament this weekend. We had only one person confirm their attendance for Sunday. So with that said, we have communicated to the Cougars that we likely will not have a large amount of people show up because interest is low. If you are interested in attending on Sunday, please let Chelyse know via txt or phone call at 1-250- two31-2250 so she can plan accordingly.
Thanks everyone & have a great weekend

Friday, November 3, 2017


Hey, everyone!  Just a few things...  We have had some pretty low turn outs to some of our ice times and I just want to encourage everyone to try to make it out to at least one ice time a week.  We cannot continue to book the Wednesday ice if there are only a handful of people coming out to it.  Just to be clear you are welcome to play on both Wed and Thur as long as there is room which can be checked on BenchApp.  This only works if you actually come out if you've signed up, so please make sure that if you have signed up that you show up.  I know life happens but if it turns out that you can't make it, please change your status.

We were also throwing around the idea of having a beer cooler at least at our Saturday ice time.    We will be selling punch cards or taking cash, there will no longer be any IOUs.  Let me know if you are interested in taking this on!

I think that it is for now!  Lace up those skates and get out there!!


Thursday, November 2, 2017

APEX Tournament in January 2018

Hey! Hope everyone is having a great time so far this season!
I have yet to make it out but hoping  my schedule opens up in a couple weeks to allow me to come out!

I was contacted by Mark, the coordinator of the outdoor Apex tournament we attended last January.
I am away this year during that time, so I can't plan the getaway but if we are interested in sending a team, he needs to know by next Friday if we want our spot or not. There are lots of teams on the waiting list so not sure we want to loose out on keeping our spot.

Please get the discussion going and I can forward his contact to whom ever wants to head that tournament.

Cheers ladies!


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

This Week in Hockey

We have two ice times on Wednesday.

1) Rossland with the Hooches.
2) Regular Wednesday ice. No goalies yet and we are adding Bring a Buddy as the numbers seem to be low. Sign up on BenchApp and bring someone for a fun time.

On Saturday in Rossland we have Mark coming to run some drills.

See you on the ice.

Monday, October 16, 2017

More Women's Hockey Options

Hello Smokettes, 
Chelyse Seifrit (Cougars) has contacted us regarding some more ice times and has welcome all of our players to participate. She is excited to be making a larger camaraderie in all the women who play hockey in the area. This will be great for simply networking between the teams/women in general and really putting a foot forwards in sparking up more women’s hockey here in Trail. 

It goes something like this:

15$ drop in or 75$ for the season – once a month Sunday ice time – 10-15min Warmup then – toss sticks in to mix up and play scrimmage (two 20 min periods)

Oct 22 – 6pm
Nov 26 – 4:45pm
Dec 10 – 4:45pm
Jan - TBD
Feb - TBD
Mar – TBD

There is no formal sign up – bring money and TRP# if you have one
For more information Chelyse’s Number is 250-231-2250

Grand Forks Tournament Registration Open

Thank you to Christine Venus who has volunteered to organize the Grand Forks away tournament this year.

We have been guaranteed a spot. Registration is now open. The first 15 to pay will be going. If you go to this away tournament you will not be eligible to go to the next away tournament.

Payment can be made in person to Christine or her designate at any ice time or by direct deposit. The cost is $57 for the tournament.

For Direct Deposit please state Grand Forks Tournament

Once 15 people have signed up another e-mail will be sent closing the registration.

Also see: for up to date numbers of registration.

Christine has booked four hotel rooms at Motel 99, four people to a room will be about $25 each.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Pay Before You Play - Smokettes

Gentle reminder that we require all Smokettes to pay before they play. You can either e-transfer the funds or pay at your first ice time.

Direct Deposit info:
e-mail for info


We will have signup forms at the first few weeks of ice times.

Bridget will be collecting money and have forms on Wednesday this week and Divana on Thursday.

See you all on the ice.

Grindstone Camp Fundraiser | Midway

HI Ladies,

I am organizing a small skills camp in Midway, Oct 20th for my new charity called the Grindstone Award Foundation.  I'll attached a PDF for your info. We are actually bringing out Candice Moxley - who is one of the coaches for Markham Thunder of in the CWHL. She will be running it, which will be a very cool (and rare!) opportunity for the players in your area. 

The women of Midway really wanted to do something for the players in their area, but are now short on players. Would any of your players be interested in coming? 


Danielle Grundy

The Grindstone Team 863-2433  Facebook
"We believe that every girl has the right to play hockey - no matter their financial status"
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Smokette 2017/2018 Away Tournament Policy

Smokette 2017/2018 Away Tournament Policy

1) Only those that have paid the current years fees are eligible to go to away tournaments.
2) 15 players and one goalie is the maximum number of players for each tournament team.
3) Two things are required for the Smokettes to commit to going to a tournament
A general interest BenchApp will be set up to get interest for each tournament. This does not mean that you are on the tournament team it only give us back-up to officially sign up and pay the downpayment for the tournament. Once we have enough interest that will be deleted.
- Someone is required to step up and be the team leader for each tournament. This person is responsible for collecting money for that tournament, making sure we have enough players, organizing the team and booking hotel rooms......
4) Once we have confirmation of a spot in the tournament and someone to organize, an e-mail will be sent out with the details. This will include
- The organizer of the tournament
- Cost per person (tournament fee divided by 15, usually about $50 to $60)
- Specific name to use on e-transfer to specify what the money is for

5) Once the e-mail is sent out confirming that we are in the tournament the first 15 people to pay will be going to the tournament. This year we have e-transfer and we would like to try to use that for tournament money as well as giving cheque or cash to the organizer (or alternate) at hockey. This is a trial run this year and if it does not work we will let people know. We will try to send out an e-mail as soon as all 15 spots are filled up. If you send an e-transfer after the 15 spots are filled we will not accept the transfer.

6) If you play in a tournament you are not eligible to play in the next tournament to give the other Smokettes a chance to go play in a tournament. If we do not have enough people then we will open it up to all Smokettes.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

First Ice Time Wed October 4th, 7:30pm

Hello All,

Our three regular ice times this year are as follows:

Wednesday's at 7:30pm for 1 hr, Trail Kids Ice for October, November and January
Thursday's at 7:15pm for 1 hr, Trail Kids Ice October through the end of March
Saturday nights in Rossland usually at 7:30pm for 1 hr 15 minutes, not every Saturday due to tournaments.

We have chosen to add every Wednesday this year for three months in hopes that we can self regulate ourselves as we may have up to 50 women this year on the roster. BenchApp is a great tool, let's aim for not more than 25 people on both Wednesday and Thursday and quick shifts. 

Check BenchApp or the google calendar on for up to date information and other additional ice times as everything is now up to date.

Thank you to all that have paid, we will have sign-up sheets for those of you that have not filled out one and remember our rule of PAY before you play.

See you on the ice.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Squash Week

Hi, ladies!

We are looking to recruit more women to our squash program here in the area and are lucky enough to have a wonderful coach come to introduce new players to our sport on October 10th
This is a FREE event for new / returning / curious players and I would love it if you’d come give my (2nd) favourite sport a whirl!

If you are interested, feel free to email me, but you will also need to register with Trail Parks & Rec at (250) 364-0888 so that we can collect numbers etc to prepare for the event.


Friday, September 22, 2017

Grand Forks BC Black Betty's Hockey Tournament - November 17th to 19th

Black Betty's Tournament in Grand Forks - November 17th, 18th and 19th.

Anyone interested in spear heading this tournament please e-mail me back.

An initial BenchApp poll has been set for November 17th for general interest, if we have enough interest then we will put in our deposit and let the planning begin. See attachment for more information.

For the new comers, WELCOME, and we are working on getting everyone on BenchApp, info to arrive in your inbox soon.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Smokette Sign-Up Party 2017/18

Hey all,

Hockey season is just around the corner and it's time for the sign up party. By a single vote the party will be held on Friday, September 15th at 5:30. Please bring something for the potluck (I will have burgers so it would be greatly appreciated if someone can claim buns or toppings), a chair, a cheque/cash/direct deposit for season fees, your TRP card/number if you have one, and most important whatever you'd like to drink. As long as the weather cooperates the party will be in my backyard at 3243 Lilac Crescent in Trail. Hope to see you there!

If you're planning to bring something for burgers please let me know by email (mallory.wiens at or text (250- nine21-5567).

Cheers, beers, brassieres!

If you can not make the sign up night we have direct deposit, the fee this year is $225. E-mail for more information.

We are requesting that everyone pays before they play. If you can not direct deposit or come to the sign-up night please bring your money to the first ice time you come to. Bridget, Divana or Janice will be happy to collect the money and have you fill out the registration form. If you have financial hardship and a good reason why you will not be able to pay until a later date please e-mail us.

Spread the word, all are welcome.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

2017/2018 Schedule Update

The first version of the schedule for the year has been uploaded into the calendar on the web page. The schedule will be uploaded into Bench App in the next week.

For new Smokettes, once you have paid your fees for the year you will be given access to Bench App.

Looks like sign up night will either be Friday September 15th or Saturday September 16th, to be confirmed. Fees this year will stay the same at $225 for the season.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Hockey Season is Coming Soon....

A doodle poll will be sent out tomorrow with options of dates for the sign-up night at Mallory's house September 8th, 9th, 15th or 16th.

We have direct deposit now for the Smokettes! More info to come at sign-up night.

First ice time, Sunday September 17th with the Lonestars on the big ice in Trail.

First tournament Sept 22,23 and 24th in Revelstoke, see attached poster. Let me know if you want to be the chair for this tournament.

Next Tuesday the 22 of August, Smokettes and friends golf at Redstone.  5pm shotgun start, call the clubhouse to sign up 250-362-9141.

See you all soon.

Janice, Mallory, Bridget and Divana

Co-Ed Kids REC Hockey - Coach Required

Good morning, 

Anna Hogarth is stepping down from the Co-Ed Kids REC Hockey program and the program is now without a Coach.
I’m emailing to see in any of you, or anyone you know would be interested in filling those shoes (skates)? 

The program is Thursdays, 3:45-5:00pm and is primarily for kids ages 5-10 years.  There are

Would you please let me know if you’re interested, or know anyone who might be?  The program runs for approximately 20 sessions – from the start of the season (October) to the end of the season (early March) with a 2 week break over Christmas. 

Kind regards, 

Robin from the City of Rossland

Monday, July 10, 2017

Smokette's Summer Bring a buddy Scramble

Well, were having so much fun on Tuesdays, we wanted to make it super easy to join us!  This Tuesday at Redstone Resort, we will be having a Scramble event.  For those not up on the "golfing lingo", that means you all tee off, then you pick the best option from all 4 shots, and you all play from there.  Repeat until the little ball goes in the hole!  I have booked 4 tee times around 5pm, please call the course at 250-362-9141 and sign up for one of the spots.  If we need more, we'll create them!  And, to make it even more fun, bring a buddy!

Hope to see you on Tuesday!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

2017 Castlegar Adult Hockey Skills Camp

3rd Annual Adult Summer Hockey Skills Camp

I would like to invite you to the Adult Summer Hockey Skills Camp in Castlegar this summer from Aug. 21-25, 2017 & the ice time will be Monday to Thursday from 7:00 pm -8:15 pm and Friday from 5:00 pm to 6:15 pm.

 3 easy steps to register by mail.
Step 1 - print off and fill out the attached registration form   
Step 2 - make out a cheque for the balance owing   
Step 3 - drop it in the mail
Print off the attached registration form  --fill it out and scan it to me and send payment via eTransfer

Or you may register and pay online.

To register online go to the website at and click on the Castlegar link on the left hand side.  There are 2 steps to the registration process. 
Step 1: Once at the Castlegar site on the left hand side click on Online registration and fill in the information-once completed at the bottom click on SUBMIT.  
Step 2: go back to the Castlegar home page and on the left hand side click on Online Payment Centre and follow the prompts from there or send payment via e-transfer.   


August 11 to 13th Tournament in Salmon Arm

Hello everyone!

    Seems funny to think about hockey in this heat, but.....I attend a tournament in Salmon Arm every summer with my hockey team from Victoria, it's super fun and chill.  We stay at a nice hotel with a pool and bar service at the pool - I know I have your attention now!  One game a day, August 11-13th.  A couple of the women grew up in Salmon Arm, so we often hang out at their parents house on Saturday night for bbq, drinks and games.  The Revelstoke team will be there.  We need 3-4 more skaters to fill up the team, first come, first serve.  Email me at janice.n at telus dot net, or text at 250 four80-7787.

See you on the ice.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Tuesday July 4th Golf Night

Hello Smokette's and friends!

    We have 3 tee times booked for Tuesday, July 4th, starting at 5:05.  Please call the clubhouse to sign up at 250-362-9141 and don't forget to tell them you are a Smokette!  We had tons of fun last week, so don't miss out!


Monday, June 26, 2017

Tuesday Night Golf and July Long Paddle

1) Hello ladies!

    Tuesday night, June 27th, at 5pm we have a shotgun start at Redstone resort.  Call them at 250-362-9141 to book your spot, and make sure you tell them you are a Smokette!  It's Jodi Cox's birthday, and we already have one and a half foursomes, so come on out and have some fun.  FYI, no one cares if you're a good golfer, as long as you bring your fun loving smokette attitude!  See you there! Janice

2) Smokettes
              Calling all kayakers and canoers, Darcee and I and 3 others have organized a paddle
Fauquier to Syringa Friday June 30- Tues July 4th any Smokette up for the challenge?

Friday, May 26, 2017


Hi there everyone,

    One of our amazing goalies is whipping up some amazing meals at Redstone this season, and since we aren't seeing each other every week over the summer, why don't we take advantage of ladies night and support Jamie at the same time?  Tuesday evening at Redstone Resort, no handicap required, just a fun attitude.  Book on your own or with some other Smokette's.  There's a beverage cart.....that's like having a bartender on the bench waiting for you to finish your shift to serve you a drink - does it get any better?  See you on the course!

Cheers, beers, brassieres!

Grindstone Award Charity Tournament

Hi Kootenay Ladies!

I'm writing to you about our tournament July 21-23 here in Kelowna. 

We need more players and would really love to have some Kootenay representation ! I've met some of you while playing in Nelson and Creston myself and it would be super if you'd come play with us. 

If you know of any players or anyone who might be interested please pass this on ! 

Here is the link for information and to register :

We have a kids portion as well but it sold out last week. 

Hope to see you all!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Grindstone Award Charity Tournament

Hi Kootenay Ladies!

I'm writing to you about our tournament July 21-23 here in Kelowna. 

We need more players and would really love to have some Kootenay representation ! I've met some of you while playing in Nelson and Creston myself and it would be super if you'd come play with us. 

If you know of any players or anyone who might be interested please pass this on ! 

Here is the link for information and to register :

We have a kids portion as well but it sold out last week. 

Hope to see you all!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

3rd Annual Adult Summer Hockey Skills Camp - Castlegar August 21-25

Hi everyone, 
Hope all is well and that you had a great hockey season.
I’m happy to announce that the 3rd Annual Adult Summer Hockey Skills Camp in Castlegar this summer will be Aug. 21-25, 2017 and the ice time will be in the evening - TBA
 3 easy steps to register by mail.
Step 1 - print off the attached registration form.
Step 2 - make out a cheque for the balance owing
Step 3 - drop it in the mail before May 31st.  
Or you may register and pay online.
To register online go to the website at and click on the Castlegar link on the left hand side.  There are 2 steps to the registration process.  
Step 1: Once at the Castlegar site on the left hand side click on Online registration and fill in the information-once completed at the bottom click on SUBMIT.  
Step 2: go back to the Castlegar home page and on the left hand side click on Online Payment Centre and follow the prompts from there. 


I hope you can make it back again.  
Please feel free to print off extra copies of the registration form and/or to pass along this email to your teammates. 
Lou Lemire
Summer Hockey Skills Camp
4257 Sage Mesa Drive
Penticton, BC
V2A 9A3

1st Annual Grindstone Women’s Charity Tournament - Kelowna July 21-23

We are excited to announce our 1st Annual Grindstone Women’s Charity Tournament! The Grindstone Award Foundation is a newly formed Registered Canadian Charity that provides financial support and equipment to female hockey players in need.

Right now we have players registered from Alberta to Washington which is great but we need more players to make this a success. If you could help spread the word to players in your area, or come and participate that would mean a lot.

DateJuly 21-23, 2017
Cost: $80/per player (individual or group or team sign up)
Where: Royal LePage Place, West Kelowna

  • ALL PROCEEDS go towards the Charity and our goal of sponsoring 10 young female players this upcoming season.
  • Open to all levels (this is a fun and friendly tournament)
  • Individual or group or team sign up.
  • Silent Auction (you will not want to miss these items as we have many supporting partners!)
  • Grindstone Pub Night
  • Sport Chek Skills Competition

Play in a tournament and make a difference. Think about how much hockey has added to your life… and now think about how cool it would be to help a girl, who otherwise might not have been able to, experience the joy of hockey. Pretty cool if you ask us!

Please check our website for more information and registration details at:

The charity is a pure grass roots initiative and there are a few of us working really hard right now trying to get it off the ground. The recent highlight on Hockey Night in Canada was an honor and has certainly helped push us into the National spotlight. If you missed it, check it out (

If you have any questions please let us know,

Alison Rasmussen on behalf of the Grindstone Team

P: 778.821.2057 (Alison for Registration Questions)
P: 250.863.2433 (Danielle for Tournament or Girl’s Rock the Rink Questions)

PS On the same weekend, we are also putting on a FREE event for Girls aged 5-17 who want to come out and try hockey, or come out for some extra ice. So if you have daughters, bring them out too :) For more info on Girl's Rock the Rink:

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Max Ice Tourney - Weekend of March 11th

I have 8 interested players already, and am looking for more to join the “hybrid” squad that is forming to go into the Castlegar Max Ice tourney (March 11 weekend)! Caitlin and Janis, you are already on my list. Mallory has graciously accepted to play net, as well!

If any more Smokettes would like to play, do not hesitate to contact Gabby at gabrielle dot herle at gmail dot com

First come, first serve for this awesome local tourney!

*Note: If there are a whole bunch interested, we could see about putting a second team in, depending on tournament room and/or how many players the other teams have.


Friday, February 3, 2017

2016-2017 Team Photo

Thanks to Kathleen, here is this years team photo!

Also, if you have signed up on Bench App for the Grand Forks tournament but not paid Barb please contact her (barb_063@hotmail dot com) to make sure there is still a spot available as Bench App was only for an expression of interest.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Smokettes Tournament Team 1 and Team 2

Hey, everyone!  The tournament is fast approaching and we need to get you guys into teams so people can sign up for volunteer duties.  Deadline for submitting requests is Monday, Feb 6 and after that date, all people who committed on bench app will be put randomly onto a team. Please let Barb know your preference ASAP (barb underscore 063 at hotmail dot com).

Barb and Bridget

Smokette Tournament Dinner Items

Hi All, 
Holly is starting a sign-up sheet for Saturday night dinner items for the tournament. We have pizza being brought in again this year, so items like salads, sides and desserts are best. People have brought vegetarian items in the past as well (chilli etc).
Thanks in advance for everyone’s contributions. Please feel free to sign up at hockey this Thursday (Holly will have a sheet) or send her at email at holly dot jenkin at teck dot com
Thanks Everyone!


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Castlegar Max Ice Tournament March 10, 11, 12, interested?

Hi all
We are putting in a team for the Max Ice tournament in Castlegar March 10, 11, 12.
The first 15 people to pay $60 to me will be on our Smokettes team.
I have room at my house for about 6 people to stay the night Friday/Sat.
Heidi will put the event on Bench App too.
Thanks so much
Sarah Jones
sjanddjones at yahoo dot com

Thursday is Smokettes Picture Day!

Come on time on Thursday February 2nd as we are going to take the yearly Smokette photo. Photo will be taken at 7:15pm sharp on the ice. Back row will be one colour, front row will be the other.

The Smokettes

Smokette Tournament Sign-up

Hello everyone,

Please find attached the volunteer sign-up and a list of what the duties are. Please e-mail Bridget at bridgetkivell at gmail dot com with your time slot.



Note: Attachments are not working right now in blogger, will try to upload tomorrow, sorry.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Away Tournament Updates

A new invite to the Max Ice Tournament in Castlegar arrived, the invite does not have a date for the tournament but I think it is the same weekend as Revelstoke.

For the five other tournament we only have one tournament spoken for. If anyone really wants to go to any of the other tournaments, someone needs to organize or no tournament. Here is a summary.

Feb 11 12 Kimberly - ???
Feb 24 25 26 Canal Flats - ???
March 3 4 5 Grand Forks - Barb Robertson
March 10 11 12 Revelstoke - ???
March 10 11 12 assumed; Castlegar - ???
March 31 April 1 2 Nelson - ???

No Ice Saturday in Rossland; Let's Play Outside!

Since we have been bumped from our Saturday night ice by a tournament let's all play together on the outdoor rink beside the arena in Rossland.

Also a reminder of our participation in the Winter Carnival Parade on Friday January 27th in Rossland. Meeting spot is just above the court house on Columbia Ave at 6pm. Wear your jersey, bring your stick, a bag of wrapped candy, a light up ball and a positive spirit. See you there.

Heidi, can you please add both of these to bench App.

The Smokettes