Princeton Posse team members, staff, family and fans are in mourning after the sudden death of assistant coach and former player Morton Johnston.
Johnston, 25, died in a motor vehicle crash on Sunday, just hours before the Kootenay International Junior Hockey Team was due to play a conference-championship clinching game against Revelstoke.
With the blessing and encouragement of Johnston's family, the team decided to play the game in Johnston's honour. They won, earning them the Okanagan-Shuswap Conference Finals title, and will face off against Kimberley in the final series for the Teck Cup.
The KIJHL put out a statement Monday, calling Johnston a "tenacious and energetic player" and "beloved teammate."
"The KIJHL offers its deepest sympathies the Johnston family, the Posse organization and the community of Princeton."