Chase Johnston is the new play-by-play broadcaster for the West Kelowna Warriors. —Image: contributed

West Kelowna Warriors name new play-by-play broadcaster

Chase Johnston replaces Trevor Miller in the booth for the Warriors’ upcoming BCHL season

The West Kelowna Warriors have named Chase Johnston as the team’s new play-by-play broadcaster ahead of the 2018/19 season.

Johnston, 28, spent the past two seasons as the play-by-play broadcaster for the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds in the B.C. Major Midget League. The Thunderbirds were the BCMML champions last season.

Johnston will replace for play-by-play man Trevor Miller, who stepped down to purse other opportunities last week.

Johnston also spent last season as the in-game host for the BCHL’s Penticton Vees, while also working for two Penticton radio stations.

A graduate of BCIT in 2017, Johnston said he is ready to bring his passion for hockey to West Kelowna.

“I’d set a goal to reach the BCHL and to be able to do it here in the Okanagan is a dream come true,” he said.

“I’d like to thank (new Warriors owner and president) Kim Dobranski and the Warriors organization for this opportunity and can’t wait to get the season started.”

Dobranski said the team is excited to have Johnston come on board.

“Fans will be pleased with what they hear from Chase and we’re glad to have him as part of our staff.”

Johnston will provide the play-by-play for each Warriors regular season game and will be heard on the Internet on mixlr.com/bchlwarriors, as well as viewed on HockeyTV.com.

The Warriors next preseason game takes place on Wednesday night as they head south to face Okanagan opponents the Penticton Vees. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Warriors, with interim head coach Geoff Grimwood behind the bench, is coming off back-to-back wins over Salmon Arm Friday and Saturday.

On Saturday West Kelowna won 3-2 in overtime against Salmon Arm in Salmon Arm thanks to an extra-time goal by Matt Kowalski. Mason Richey scored twice in regulation time for the Warriors.

On Friday, the Warriors picked up an 8-2 victory over the Silverbacks at Prospera Place in West Kelowna with Kowalski netting a hat-trick. Other West Kelowna goals were scored by Parm Dhaliwal, who potted a pair, Tyler Pang, Chase Dubois and Connor Hopkins.

Grimwood replaces Ryan Ferster, who resigned as head coach last week after seven years with the team. Under his tenure, the team won the RBC Cup—the national Junior A championship—in 2016.

Meanwhile, season tickets for the Warriors are now on sale for the upcoming 2018/19 season, which is set to begin Sept. 7. The Warriors will play their home opener at Royal LePage Place against the Trail Smoke Eaters Sept. 8.

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@KelownaCapNews
newstips@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Summer arrives at Big White Ski Resort

Hiking, bike trails, restaurants and more are open as of July 10

COVID-19 cases identified in Kelowna, after public gatherings

Those who were downtown or at the waterfront from June 25 to July 6 maybe have been exposed to COVID-19.

Pianos return to Kelowna parks

The Pianos in Parks program was postponed amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Certain crimes increased in Peachland during pandemic

Theft from vehicles, vehicle incidents, and break and enters have increased during the pandemic

UPDATE: YouTubers claim to be Kelowna display toilet ‘poopers’

RCMP can not speak to legitimacy of video, will be investigating

B.C. sees 25 new COVID-19 cases, community exposure tracked

One death, outbreaks remain in two long-term care facilities

COVID-19: Homeless to be relocated from temporary Okanagan shelter

Homeless shelters in Vernon have been combined into one site at the curling rink since April

Dozens of fish die at popular lake near Chase

A few natural phenomena are possible causes for their deaths.

BREAKING: Amber Alert for two Quebec girls cancelled after bodies found

Romy Carpentier, 6, Norah Carpentier, 11, and their father, Martin Carpentier, missing since Wednesday

B.C. man prepares to be first to receive double-hand transplant in Canada

After the surgery, transplant patients face a long recovery

Grocers appear before MPs to explain decision to cut pandemic pay

Executives from three of Canada’s largest grocery chains have defended their decision to end temporary wage increases

Bringing support to Indigenous students and communities, while fulfilling a dream

Mitacs is a nonprofit organization that operates research and training programs

RCMP ‘disappointed’ by talk that race a factor in quiet Rideau Hall arrest

Corey Hurren, who is from Manitoba, is facing 22 charges

NHL’s Canadian hubs offer little economic benefit, but morale boost is valuable: experts

Games are slated to start Aug. 1 with six Canadian teams qualifying for the 24-team resumption of play

Most Read