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Nanaimo-Based Artist ‘Details’ to perform opening weekend, and be in-game NightOwls Host

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Its all in the Details — and the Details are hot to the touch.

“I’m excited for a huge summer with the Owls here in Nanaimo! To have Details & HoodStock aligned with the City’s leader in sports entertainment, it’s a natural fit. Together we will aim to bring a new standard of synergy between Sports & Live Entertainment to a city that is eager to show it’s civic pride.” ~ Details

Details will also be the season-long in-game crowd engagement host, running contests and on-field events to keep the action going between innings.

“We are ecstatic to add Darcy to our crew this summer, and having him start the season with live performances will take the NightOwls experience to a new level,” said GM Jim Swanson.

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NorthPaws Set to Open 2nd West Coast League Season in Victoria

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KAMLOOPS, BC—Excitement is in the air as the Kamloops NorthPaws are poised to kick off their second season in the West Coast League.

With the Memorial Cup junior hockey tournament being played in Kamloops, the North Paws asked the West Coast league to begin the 2023 campaign on the road.    The North Paws will open the campaign up at Wilson’s Group Stadium in Victoria, BC against the HarbourCats.  The three-game series kicks off Thursday June 2nd and winds up Sunday June 4th. 

Kamloops has 10 veterans back from the team which finished third overall in the WCL North Division (record 26-27).   The NorthPaws have changed managers twice since Cole Armstrong directed them in their inaugural season.   Former Major Leaguer Brian Anderson replaced Armstrong in October 2022 but resigned to take a position with Northwestern University (NCAA Div I).  Keith Francis was named his replacement this past April.   He and Anderson worked together with Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona and was initially coming to Kamloops as an assistant coach in 2023 before the promotion.

The HarbourCats have 13 players returning from the team which finished fourth in the West Coast League North Division in 2022 (record 26-28).

SERIES DETAILS:

Friday June 2nd  6:35 PM , Saturday June 3rd  6:35 PM, Sunday June 4th  1:05 PM

Games streamed at HCATS.TV

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Victoria:

1.     Cam Caley – LHP – Baylor University – Sophomore
2.      Harrison Caley – C – Baylor University – Junior
3.      Jesse Brown – OF – UC Santa Barbara
4.       Dallas Macias – 2B/OF – Oregon State – Freshman
5.       Hudson Shupe – SS – Seattle – Freshman  

 Kamloops:

1.      Andrew Stucky   C-OF  University of Texas San Antonio  Hometown: Tucson, AZ  Sophomore
2.      Robin Villeneuve 1B-LHP  Weatherford College   Hometown: Gatineau QC   Sophomore
3.      Tommy Green  SS-INF   Oakland University   Hometown: Courtenay, BC   Senior
4.      Felix Chenier-Rondeau  OF Oklahoma City University   Hometown: Blainville, QC   Senior

COACHES COMMENTS:

Victoria Head Coach Todd Haney:

“We have assembled a top caliber line-up this season and can’t wait to get things started Friday against the NorthPaws.  This is the 10th Anniversary season of the HarbourCats, and I’d like nothing more than to celebrate that by bringing the HarbourCats their first ever WCL title.  I think we have the team to do that this year and look forward to the challenges the season will bring us.”

Kamloops Head Coach Keith Francis:

Heading into the season you are always a little apprehensive about your roster. Did we get enough pitching is everyone healthy etc. we know we have several still playing in post season play so your not exactly certain who is going to be ready for the opener. Having used all the coaches excuses I am looking forward to the season. I feel like we have an offensive lineup with players who have had very good seasons at their respective schools. I believe that our offense may have to carry else early until the pitching works itself out. Our first series should be mixed bag of a lineup with so many players not expected for another week, but it will give are younger players a chance.”

 LAST YEAR’S (2022) SERIES:

The three games were played in Kamloops at Dearborn Ford Field.  The NorthPaws won two of the three games.  They opened the series June 14th with a 5-4 victory. Kolby Lukinchuk (Prince George, BC), came out of the bullpen to strike out the final two batters for the victory in his one inning of work.  Zac Beatty led the way for Kamloops with two runs batted in.

Game two had Kamloops beating Victoria 9-8. Ben Polack was the winning pitcher going three innings with a strikeout. He was the third of three pitchers for the NorthPaws that night. Kamloops had nine runs on 13 hits with four errors.

Victoria won the final game of the series (June 16) by a score of 8-3, scoring three runs in the top of the ninth inning after scoring two in the first frame. Michael Nunez was the winning pitcher going four and a third innings giving up four hits and striking out five. Shay Timmer took the loss for Kamloops. He was the second of four pitchers going three innings with five strikeouts and three walks.

NORTH PAWS NOTABLES:

The North Paws have 11 players from British Columbia on their roster including five players from Kamloops itself (three of them: Tyrelle Chadwick, Jared Sucro, Nolan Austin are veterans).

WOLFPACK CONNECTION:

Kamloops has two players who are currently members of the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack baseball program:  Lukinchuk and first year outfielder Manny Recchi.   Former WolfPack player Adam Filmon has joined the NorthPaws as an assistant coach.  Filmon is the grandson of former Manitoba Premier Gary.

The HarbourCats have one TRU player on their roster this year.  Pitcher Sam Jordan who completed his first season with TRU in 2023.

HOME OPENER:

The NorthPaws will kick off the home portion of their 2023 West Coast League season Tuesday June 6th at Dearborn Ford Field at Norbrock Stadium. It is a three-game series with the Portland Pickles.  Opening pitch on Tuesday, Wednesday (June 7th) and Thursday (June 8th) will be 6:35 PM.  Tuesday’s opening night festivities will include a pre-game ceremony.

Tuesday’s game will be “Blazers Night” where the NorthPaws will recognize the accomplishments of the 2022-23 Kamloops Blazers.  It is hoped some members of the Blazers hockey club will be in attendance for the contest and will be available to sign autographs.

If you can’t make the games in person, NorthPaws home games will be webcast here : https://wcleague.watch.pixellot.tv/.   There will also be a select number of games will be shown on Shaw Cable.

For “Everything NorthPaws – Go to the website : https://www.northpawsbaseball.ca/ “

Kamloops NorthPaws tickets: ticketing@northpawsbaseball.ca

West Coast League: westcoastleague.com.

For more Information:

Jenna Forter
General Manager, Kamloops NorthPaws
Jforter@northpawsbaseball.ca

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Insurance against the elements — Maxxam Insurance steps to the plate for Serauxmen Stadium

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Baseball folk can be heard to say — “can’t control the weather, but you can be prepared for it.”

With that in mind, the Nanaimo NightOwls are excited to announce a major addition to Serauxmen Stadium that will not only help the WCL team, but all stakeholder groups that make the refurbished/historic field their home.

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Maxxam Insurance, the community-driven company that serves the entirety of Vancouver Island and indeed B.C., has stepped to the plate with a legacy partnership, purchasing a full infield tarp, measuring 160ft-squared, to help fend off rain that is undeniably a part of being a baseball program on the moist coast, particularly in spring and fall.

“Maxxam came to us and asked how they could help, what they could do that was meaningful for not just the NightOwls but all Island baseball teams — and the lack of a tarp at Serauxmen impacted everyone’s operations in the wet 2022 season,” said Jim Swanson, GM and Managing Partner of the NightOwls. “We faced rain on opening weekend, and that whole first month. We wished we had a tarp many times.”

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“Well, now we do, thanks to Bill Rai, Bryson Hill and the people at Maxxam. We are thankful, and excited. It’s a major complement to all the work done by the City of Nanaimo over the last two years.”

Maxxam is proud to help solve an issue — insurance, if you will, against the rain we all know so well.

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“For us, it is always about the community and what we can do to contribute,” said Rai, the founder of Maxxam Insurance. “Sports is important to people of all ages and working with the NightOwls for this project is exciting to be a part of.”

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The tarp, the same product used at famed Nat Bailey Stadium in Vancouver, arrived this month and will take up a prominent foul-ball area beyond the third base dugout, with a cover featuring the Maxxam logo. In addition, Maxxam has purchased a new cover for the full infield tarp at Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria, making that helpful feature look sharp again.

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Become A NightOwls Host Family

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We have amazing players and they need temporary homes! Elite collegiate scholarship athletes working to earn a shot at pro baseball, representing our area in the West Coast League at historic Serauxmen Stadium.

We plan host homes and players around transportation and rides so they can get to the gym and the field. Some families like to give rides sometimes, but we work to make that rarely needed.

 

The players generally eat breakfast, go to work out, grab lunch somewhere, then take batting practice etc leading up to the game, and return home after.

 

The team takes bus/ferry to places around BC, Alberta, WA and OR states, usually gone 3-4 days at a time, sometimes a full week away.

 

Most importantly— great young men, here to experience the island and face great teams in the WCL! Some of the players will go on to play in the Major Leagues!

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