Locally: Former Spokane junior hockey player Ken Daneyko honored by New Jersey Devils

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Ken Daneykoa rare bright spot in a dark, transitional phase of Spokane hockey in the early 1980s, was honored Oct. 30 by the New Jersey Devils for his four-decade association with the National Hockey League team.

Then a young Canadian defenseman of Ukrainian descent from Edmonton, Alta., Daneyko was part of a failed junior hockey experiment in Spokane at the turn of the decade. Still, it showed enough that the Spokane writer Paul Delanyin his 2001 book “Saturday Nights were Special: A history of hockey in Spokane” called him a “can’t miss” prospect.

Daneyko played 88 games with the then Spokane Flyers during the 1980-81 and 1981-82 Western Hockey League seasons before relocating to the Seattle Breakers in December 1981 when the League West suspended the struggling Spokane franchise on and off the ice. .

Delany was right. He couldn’t miss.

The second of the Devils’ two first-round picks in 1982 after the NHL team moved from Colorado, Daneyko played his entire 20-year NHL career in New Jersey, retiring after the 2002-03 season. with franchise records for most games played (1,283) and most penalty minutes (2,516). Since 2014, he has provided color commentary on Devils broadcasts.

“Mr. Devil”, as he is called, was showered with surprises by the team, his family and his fans.

“What an honour. I’m so humbled,” Daneyko said of what he called “a memorable afternoon. I was so surprised when I saw my son (Shane) sing the national anthem. C was so awesome.

College sceneKahea Figueiraa sophomore at College of Idaho from Mt. Spokane, finished fourth in the 2022 Cascade Collegiate Conference Women’s Cross Country Championships on Friday at Clover Sports Fields in Phoenix, Oregon, completing a top-four sweep for the Yotes as they headed for the Title.

Leading the finish by runners with zonal ties, Figueira clocked 18 minutes, 59.2 seconds for 5K, helping the seventh C of I win the CCC’s automatic bid for the NAIA Nationals on November 18. in Tallahassee, Florida.

C of I had 17 points to 49 for 11th-ranked Southern Oregon and 83 for No. 15 Lewis-Clark State, which placed third.

Winston Telfordan Eastern Oregon sophomore from Davenport, Wash., was the top male runner in the area in 14th at 25:44.9 for 8 km.

The Mountaineers (66 points) finished third behind men’s champion Southern Oregon (34) and second-placed College of Idaho (62).

The top 15 in each race earned All-CCC honors. Besides Figueira in the women’s race, there were two former Coeur d’Alene High School runners, Lauren Foster, a sophomore from Southern Oregon in seventh (19:11.3), and Brooklyn Shell, a senior of LC State, 13th (19:37.0). Telford was the only male runner in the area to win every conference.

Other area runners in the top 30: Women: 23. Abigail Peightal, sr., Timberlake, LC, 20:11.1; 25. Clara Stephens, Fr., Lake City, LC, 20.39.8; 27. Grace Tiegs, Fr., Nezperce, LC, 20:49.3. Men: 27. Connor Turpin, Sr., Lewiston, LC, 26: 27.4; 28. Luka Brown, so., Mt. Spokane, C of I, 26:35; Kobe Wessels, Fr., Lewiston, LC, 26:41.7.

Annika Esvelta Seattle Pacific sophomore from West Valley, was the top runner with regional ties at the Great Northwest Conference cross-country championships on Saturday at Ash Creek Reserve in Monmouth, Oregon.

Esvelt placed 18th in the women’s 6k race, clocking 22:14.50. Her teammate Matise Mulch, a rookie from Lakeside of Nine Mile Falls, was 28th in 22:33. The region’s top runner in the men’s 8k race was the second-placed student from Western Oregon Easton Pomrakey from Kettle Falls, 28th in 25:27.20.

The top 10 in each race were All-GNAC.

• Eastern Washington Junior Maddie Morgan and freshman from Idaho Kira Witte each won three accolades when the Big Sky Conference announced its 2022 individual winners in women’s football.

Morgan shared co-offensive MVP and co-Golden Boot honors with Morgan Furmaniak of Weber State after finishing tied in conference coaching votes and points. Morgan had four goals and two assists and Furmaniak had five goals, both scoring 10 points. Both were also named to the all-conference first team.

Witte was also an all-conference first-team member, goaltender of the year and newcomer of the year after tying Big Sky’s single-season shutout record with 11 clean sheets while recording 60. saves and a save percentage of 0.833. She is the first Vandal to win Goalkeeper of the Year since 2018 and the program’s first Rookie of the Year since 2016.

EWU Junior Midfielder madison kem, who played 1,603 of the team’s 1,620 minutes, earned his fourth all-conference first-team honor and fifth postseason award. She was the newcomer of the year 2019.

Eagles senior defenseman Mya Elder Hammond won a second-team second award – she was second-team in 2019 and honorable mention in 2021 – and second-year Grace Terril was an honorable mention.

Idaho also fielded the second defenseman Cassidy Elicker and graduate student midfielder Savanna Foster in the first team, and junior defender Alyssa Peters and junior midfielders Margo Schoesler (Mead) and sophomore Jayd Sprague on the second. second year defender Rebecca Reyes and junior striker Maddy Lasher (Lake City) received an honorable mention.

• Gonzaga helped two women and two men earn All-West Coast Conference cross country honors for their performances at the WCC Championships on 28 October.

Senior Kristen Garcia (sixth) and second Rosina Machu (seventh) were part of the women’s first team and the second year William Smith (Lewis and Clark, third) were part of the men’s first team and redshirt seniors Yacine Guermali (15th) on the second.

• Washington State Junior Neema Kimtai won second-team All-Pac-12 women’s cross country for 10th place in the conference championship on Oct. 28.

• Gonzaga (9-3-5, 4-1-3 West Coast Conference) played out a scoreless draw at No. 23 Santa Clara (9-6-3, 6-0-2 WCC) on national television on Nov. 2 as Santa Clara extended its unbeaten streak to eight games. The Broncos outshot GU 24-7, with a 5-1 shots advantage, and took 11 of 12 corner kicks.

• Former Washington State quarterback Laura’s Jaydena sophomore in Arizona, was named to the Davey O’Brien QB Class of 2022, making him eligible to be voted one of 16 semi-finalists for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award.

• North Idaho was selected to finish second in a close preseason poll of AFAC men’s basketball coaches behind Yakima Valley, and the Cardinals women were selected for ninth place. CC Spokane got votes in both polls.

Peninsula edged out Lower Columbia and Lane in a close vote in the women’s ballot.

HockeyThe Spokane Chiefs will be the visiting team for the Seattle Thunderbirds’ second “Battle of the Sound” promotion on December 27, when their Western Hockey League game is played at Climate Pledge Arena, home of the NHL Seattle Kraken .

Tickets will go on sale to the public on Wednesday with a pre-sale opportunity available to Kraken, Thunderbirds and Chiefs season ticket holders before then. The February 26 “Battle of the Sound” premiere between the Thunderbirds and Everett Silvertips drew more than 8,000 fans.

CollectionThad Hathawaya Big Sky Conference track and field champion in the high jump at the University of Idaho before graduating in 1997, was hired by the Vandals as associate athletic director for student support services -athletes, sports director Terry Gawlik announcement.

Hathaway returns to Moscow after serving the past 19 years at Washington State University, where his most recent of three positions was Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Academics and Compliance. At Idaho, Hathaway will oversee all academic and student-athlete development programs.

Catherine J. Martinez