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The BCHL champions and host Penticton Vees are the North Stars first opponent at the Western Canada Cup. The focus hasn't been on the Vees very much at all ahead of the game, instead focusing on what worked in the SJHL playoffs and all year long. Puck drop is 8 p.m. Saskatchewan time.
The BCHL champions and host Penticton Vees are the North Stars first opponent at the Western Canada Cup. The focus hasn't been on the Vees very much at all ahead of the game, instead focusing on what worked in the SJHL playoffs and all year long. Puck drop is 8 p.m. Saskatchewan time. Nathan Kanter/battlefordsNOW staff

North Stars set for Vees to kick off WCC

By Nathan Kanter
April 29, 2017 - 1:00pm Updated: April 29, 2017 - 4:30pm

There are now roughly seven hours until the North Stars take to the ice for their first game of the Western Canada Cup.

The North Stars know their opponents speed will be a difficult challenge at the Western Canada Cup.
The North Stars know their opponents speed will be a difficult challenge at the Western Canada Cup. file photo/BattlefordsNOW staff

Dealing with opponents speed a priority for North Stars at WCC

By Nathan Kanter
April 28, 2017 - 2:00pm Updated: April 28, 2017 - 7:51pm

With the field for the Western Canada Cup likely the most competitive ever in the tournament’s short history, the Battlefords North Stars are focusing on themselves.

The North Stars celebrate their go-ahead third period goal in Wednesday's 6-5 win over Flin Flon that helped them clinch the SJHL championship. The league title gives them a berth into the five-team Western Canada Cup, which begins on Saturday.
The North Stars celebrate their go-ahead third period goal in Wednesday's 6-5 win over Flin Flon that helped them clinch the SJHL championship. The league title gives them a berth into the five-team Western Canada Cup, which begins on Saturday. Nathan Kanter/battlefordsNOW staff

Western Canada Cup primer: where the North Stars stand

By Nathan Kanter
April 25, 2017 - 6:00am

The Battlefords North Stars had a tremendous season; there is no denying that.

But now that they're off to the Western Canada Cup, they will be facing off against three other league champions and a fourth team that came within one win of a title as well.

North Stars forward Jared Blaquiere signs a shirt for a fan, who just happens to be teammate Layne Young's grandmother Lynn Priest at the team's public signing on Friday afternoon.
North Stars forward Jared Blaquiere signs a shirt for a fan, who just happens to be teammate Layne Young's grandmother Lynn Priest at the team's public signing on Friday afternoon. Nathan Kanter/battlefordsNOW staff

North Stars sign autographs, take photos with fans and cup

By Nathan Kanter
April 22, 2017 - 8:03am

Over one hundred family, friends, and fans showed up at the Civic Centre Friday afternoon to thank the North Stars for bringing home the Canalta Cup.

Of course, it was also a time for autographs and an opportunity to get your photo with the 46-year-old trophy.

The Battlefords North Stars swept the Flin Flon Bombers in the Canalta Cup Finals on Tuesday night for their first championship since 2000.
The Battlefords North Stars swept the Flin Flon Bombers in the Canalta Cup Finals on Tuesday night for their first championship since 2000. Submitted photo/Braeden Johnson

North Stars win first championship in 17 years

By Nathan Kanter
April 20, 2017 - 6:26am Updated: April 20, 2017 - 11:06pm

It wasn't supposed to be this easy.

The Battlefords North Stars weren't supposed to set the all-time record for fewest goals allowed in a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League season with 103 in 58 games. Yet they did.

North Stars forward Connor Logan (16) gets embraced by his teammates after scoring the overtime winner in game three of the Canalta Cup Finals against Flin Flon. The North Stars will look to win their first championship since 2000 on Wednesday night.
North Stars forward Connor Logan (16) gets embraced by his teammates after scoring the overtime winner in game three of the Canalta Cup Finals against Flin Flon. The North Stars will look to win their first championship since 2000 on Wednesday night. Nathan Kanter/battlefordsNOW staff

North Stars one win away from championship after Logan OT winner

By Nathan Kanter
April 18, 2017 - 10:48pm Updated: April 19, 2017 - 1:30pm

The Battlefords North Stars are one win away from a Canalta Cup championship.

On Tuesday night, they defeated the Flin Flon Bombers 2-1 in overtime at the Whitney Forum to take a commanding 3-0 series lead.

North Stars Logan Nachtegaele (centre), Conor Jensen (right), and MacGregor Sinclair (left) celebrate Nachtegaele's second period goal, while teammate Troy Gerein (who wasn't playing due to a suspension) bangs on the glass from behind the net. Battlefords took a 2-0 series advantage after a 5-1 win Saturday.
North Stars Logan Nachtegaele (centre), Conor Jensen (right), and MacGregor Sinclair (left) celebrate Nachtegaele's second period goal, while teammate Troy Gerein (who wasn't playing due to a suspension) bangs on the glass from behind the net. Battlefords took a 2-0 series advantage after a 5-1 win Saturday. Nathan Kanter/battlefordsNOW staff

North Stars down Bombers 5-1 to take 2-0 series lead

By Nathan Kanter
April 15, 2017 - 11:56pm Updated: April 16, 2017 - 7:39pm

The Battlefords North Stars are two wins away from a Canalta Cup championship after another solid performance at home on Saturday night when they grabbed a 5-1 win.

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