BC Hockey announced July 28, 2016 that Kris Boyce has joined the Major Midget League’s (MML) Kootenay Ice as associate coach, while Paul Mailey, Thomas Abenante, and Tyler Hlookoff will be behind the bench as assistant coaches.
Boyce grew up in Fruitvale, playing for the Beaver Valley Nitehawks of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) before moving on to the BC Hockey League’s (BCHL) Cowichan Valley Capitals. While playing for the Capitals, Boyce won the team’s Rookie of the Year award after the 2003-2004 season, and served as captain during the 2005-2006 season. After his Junior career ended, Boyce played post-secondary hockey with the University of Minnesota-Duluth Saints and the Eastern Washington University Eagles (NCAA Division II). From 2011 to 2012, he served as an assistant coach with the Beaver Valley Nitehawks, helping the team claim a KIJHL title.
Mailey was born and raised in Trail, BC where he played minor hockey and then joined the BCHL’s Trail Smoke Eaters from 2006 to 2010. In 2011 he moved to Calgary to attend the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), where he played for the SAIT Trojans in the Alberta College Athletic Conference (ACAC).
Abenante grew up in Trail, BC and was part of the inaugural Kootenay Ice MML team in 2006-2007. From 2007 to 2009, Thomas played for the Beaver Valley Nitehawks before joining the Trail Smoke Eaters for the 2009-2010 season. He later captained the Fernie Ghostriders (KIJHL), ending his junior career. In 2011, he moved to Calgary to attend SAIT in 2012, taking Engineering Drafting and Design Technology. Thomas worked in Calgary until the fall of 2014 before moving back home to Trail, where he currently resides.
Hlookoff was born and raised in the Castlegar area. He played locally with the Castlegar Rebels (KIJHL) and Quesnel Millionaires (BCHL) before playing in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Edmonton Ice (now the Kootenay Ice). He played ACAC and Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) hockey with SAIT and the University of Lethbridge as he obtained his degree in Information Technology (IT). He currently works in the IT industry and resides in Genelle, BC.
The MML was established in 2004 to provide elite level 15, 16 and 17 year olds an opportunity to play within their own age group at a high level and be developed for the next level of hockey. These teams have an opportunity each year to compete for the TELUS Cup, Canada’s National Midget Championship, which will take place in Prince George, BC in April 2017.