Monthly Archives: February 2016

Playoff Time!

With last night’s 6-1 victory over Salmon Arm, the 2015-16 regular season is now in the rear view mirror, and it’s time for the most fun al all…. the playoffs!  I must say that I am so very proud of our team and what they have accomplished. I can honestly say that this group of players has meshed together as well as any team that I have seen.  I have been impressed with how everyone has determined to get on the same page, especially since the Christmas break.

I am enjoying our new Warriors tradition of holding the Awards Ceremony at centre Best D 2016Chaplaincy Program 2016ice immediately following the final regular season home game.  It certainly gives more fans an opportunity to watch the proceedings, rather than asking everyone to attend a separate banquet style occasion.  It was my privilege after the game to present 4 awards: the Humanitarian Award to Rylan Yaremko, the 3 Star Award to Jonathan Desbiens, 3 Stars Awardthe Best Defenceman was split between Rylan Yaremko and Nick Rutigliano, and the Chaplaincy Program Award to Captain Kyle Marino.  Our Captain has been a great encouragement to me in the Chaplaincy Program, and is always ready to encourage all the guys to come out.  We rarely have players miss out on Warriors chapels, and I’m thankful to Kyle for that.  Next week will be our final regularly scheduled Warriors chapel, (I’m hoping to add a few more due to a long playoff run…)   My topic that day will be Unity.  Unity does not necessarily mean Uniformity.  We are not all designed or made to be exactly the same.  We have different strengths and weaknesses, different personalities and different tastes. All those differences are great, and they make us wonderfully diverse.  What brings unity is the absence of selfish motivation and of territorialism.  As the saying goes, “It is absolutely amazing what can be accomplished if we don’t care who gets the credit.”  That is Unity.

As  Christian, I believe that unity is so very important, coming together under a common cause, humbling ourselves to a great task and looking past our own private agendas.  I find that as humans, that is not easy for us to do, in fact it might be one of the most difficult tasks of all.  Personally, I am sure of this; I need the strength of the Lord to make that choice.  It is only then, by that Grace that the whole becomes greater than the sum of it’s parts.  And I believe that is what it takes….. as we come to Playoff Time!!

With great respect, and in faith,

Chaplain D











Stretch Drive Time!

2016 WarriorsWith only 6 games left in the season, out Warriors are gearing up for what we truly hope is a long playoff run. It is good to know that at the present time as a team we are relatively healthy. (And as hockey fans know, a team needs good health, good goaltending and a slight bit of good luck to win in the post season)  It will be great to see #11 Jake LeBrun play his first game as a West Kelowna Warrior since being acquired from Prince George in January.  We are now definitely in the stretch drive of the season; the time of year that hockey fans and players everywhere look forward to.

This past week we had our formal Warriors team picture taken, which is of course a long standing hockey tradition.  Our guys sure made for a great team picture, one that Warriors fans will truly like.  I had the privilege of being on the ice that day with the team, and it struck me just how big most of our boys are!  (And how small I am!)  Everything was focused and serious for the picture, but of course it is impossible to keep these Warriors from having a bit of fun in the process. I am so very impressed with our team; at just how close they are as a group and how focused they are on their goal.

I lead Warriors chapel recently and mentioned to the guys just how awesome it was to be in Arizona.  During the late evening when the desert sky was completely dark, I was amazed at the countless stars that pierced the black canopy of space above me.  That night I thought of a  few verses from Psalm 19 which go like this:  “The heavens declare the glory of God; the stars proclaim the work of His hands.  Day after day they pour out their speech, night after night they display their knowledge.  There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.”   I was reminded that God has a greater purpose for me; one that I most likely do not fully understand, and that I am not alone. I am also reminded just how small I really am, (far more so than how small I felt during the team picture…) and as much as I might resist it, the truth is that I am not calling all my own shots.

It is right there in that spot that I find contentment and peace.   From God.   Period. And that I discover it all in my faith in Christ.

With much respect and love,

Chaplain D















Chaplain D’s Desert Adventures

Welcome back to my Chaplain’s Chat blog!  With the major change in the BCHL and Warriors website, it took me a while to get Chaplain’s Chat on track.   It has been a while, and I’m glad to be back at it.

I want to catch you up on a bit of news….In late January,  Lorraine and I spent a wonderful 10 days in Arizona, a fabulous gift from a great supporter of Hockey Ministries Chaplaincy. While we were there, we had the opportunity to have brunch with Warriors 2016-01-25 19.21.49.jpgDirector of Player Personnel, Brent Gough, his wife Carly and their fabulous little boy Greysin.  That really was one of the highlights of our time in Arizona.  All of the wonderful sights of Phoenix and the entire state cannot compare with the friendship and relationships that we make in hockey and other areas of our lives.


Also, I went to a Arizona State University Sun Devils hockey game and watched ex-Warrior Jordan Masters play.  It was 2016-01-23 01.57.28wonderful to give Jordie a big old hug and chat with him after the game.  (I showed up to the game with a WK Warriors jersey on, just to bring a smile to his face.)  The game was a very high caliber and quick affair, and Jordie is doing quite well in a Sun Devils jersey.

One last thought: I am very excited about our upcoming 7th Annual Warriors Faith Night, which takes place on Friday February 19; faith night 2016_resized_2a game vs. the Vernon Vipers. This  evening will feature a church choir singing the National Anthem, as well as some Pastor’s playing boot hockey during one of the intermissions.  We will have a video on the big screen highlighting the Warriors chapel program, and we’ll have many church groups in the arena that night.  It will be nothing short of a fabulous evening!

Thanks so much for reading this latest edition of Chaplain’s Chat.  I trust that you enjoy it and that I would be an encouragement to the entire Warriors hockey family.

May Christ’s love warm you all,

John 3:16  “For God so loved the world that He gave His Son Jesus……”

Chaplain Don Richmond