Former Osoyoos Coyote Judd Repole will be in town today — a guest of the club for which he toiled through five seasons.
The Coyotes will retire Judd’s jersey during a special first-intermission ceremony.
“(Judd)’s someone who has spent his entire five-year junior hockey career with the Coyotes,” said Randy Bedard, the team’s owner.
“We’ve got a specially-made jersey commemorating the night and we’re also going to have one that will be raffled off.”
Judd is the first Coyote to have his jersey number — 18 — retired.
“It’s not the only number he wore, but I think it’s the most significant for his career,” Bedard said.
Now back home in Prince Rupert, Judd said he plans to travel to Osoyoos with his parents, two sisters and a brother.
“It’s pretty exciting,” he said. “It’s definitely an honour.”
Judd played 267 games with the Coyotes from 2013 through 2018, scoring 64 goals and adding 145 assists, accumulating 209 points.
He was also a leader for the club, serving as a captain.
Coyotes hoping to change fortunes
The Coyotes, meanwhile, are hoping to bring home their effort from a road performance in Beaver Valley last weekend to start building success Friday evening.
The Coyotes host South Okanagan rival Summerland Steam at the Sun Bowl.
The Yotes (1-7) will have their hands full with the 5-6 Steam, a team they lost 6-0 to in Summerland in late September.
“Our goal is to come into that game fully prepared to demonstrate a lot of intensity and some enthusiasm,” said head coach Mark Chase Thursday morning.
“We played a really strong game last Friday in Beaver Valley. That was probably one of our best performances outside of playing Kelowna beforehand.
“If we can get back to that style of play, I’m hoping the fans will have something positive to talk about at the end of the day.”
Words of encouragement
Although watching from the stands, Judd said he expects to be able to visit with some of his old teammates and maybe share a few words with this year’s crop of rookies.
His message to them is one of perseverance.
“The team they have now, those rookies will pick it up a little sooner because they’re all going to be getting a lot more ice than most rookies would normally get,” he said.
Game time tonight is 7:35 p.m.