Presently, the Summerland Steam Junior B hockey team is preparing to enter its second season of competition in the KIJHL. With many talented and experienced, local players returning to the team and a broad base of dedicated supporters and corporate sponsors, this second season may very well prove to be a break through year for the young franchise.
Summerland has been host to three other Junior teams in the past. The Summerland Buckaroos of the BCHL played in the town for five seasons, from 1983-84 through 1988-89, before the team folded. Ten years later, in 1999, Summerland Minor Hockey Association iced a Juvenile team, the Summerland Warriors, to play in the KIJHL for one year; this was an interim measure to replace the defunct Rossland Warriors, who dropped out shortly before the start of the 1999-2000 season. Soon thereafter, in 2001-02, a new KIJHL franchise, the Summerland Sting, began playing out of the Summerland Arena. Then in 2009, the team, having been owned by the Okanagan Hockey Academy since 2005, relocated to the OHA’s new facility in Penticton.
Two years later, in 2011, Dr. Jonathan Bowman applied for and was granted a new KIJHL franchise that once again returned junior level hockey to Summerland.