FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 15th, 2020
WEST KELOWNA B.C. – The second Warriors Alumni Spotlight features Daman Milsom, a Kelowna native who went on to move to the Westside in 1992. Daman started his BCHL campaign with the Penticton Vees before heading to the Cowichan Capitals and then finishing his junior hockey career home in West Kelowna. Damon went on to play college with St. Scholastica(NCAA) out in Duluth, Minnesota. Alumni Spotlight will be an ongoing feature with questionnaires from their time with the Warriors to where they are today.
Warriors 2007-2008: 66 Games 2G 25A 27Pts
Total BCHL (Penticton Vees, Cowichan Valley Capitals & West Kelowna Warriors): 247 Games, 7G 55A 62P
College of St. Scholastica NCAA: 107 Games 2G 12A 14Pts
DAMAN MILSOM – DEFENCE
As a local resident, what did it mean to get the opportunity to play for your hometown team?
I was honoured to play in front of family, friends, and all the passionate West Kelowna hockey fans during the 2007-2008 season. As a Westside ‘Grizzlies’ minor hockey alumnus, it was a special opportunity to finish my junior hockey career with the West Kelowna Warriors.
What is your fondest hockey memory as a Warrior?
During my stint as a Warrior I was fortunate to be part of an organization with incredible staff and teammates. Looking back now, my fondest memory isn’t one particular point in time but rather all the time spent with the guys in the locker room, swapping stories, jokes, and creating some lifelong friendships.
What was your favorite West Kelowna restaurant or hang out spot?
Pepper Pot Grill – hands down the best breakfast in town. Locally owned with great food and even better people!
What was the transition like from BCHL to Div 3 College?
Time management is a necessary skill when transitioning to College, as you must balance your responsibilities in the classroom and at the rink as well as enjoying a social life. The quality of hockey was a step above, as the speed, skill, and maturity of the players are at a higher level.
What is your most memorable College moment?
Being able to continue my hockey career while obtaining a post secondary education was a childhood dream that I was fortunate enough to achieve. During my freshman year, our team made it to the NCAA Div. 3 National Tournament. I will never forget the buzz and excitement felt throughout our school during that time.
Tell us about your life now. Work? Family? Community?
Home is in Duncan, BC, the heart of the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. My wife, Kibby, our son, Henry, our chocolate lab, Ukee, and I spend our time trekking through our local forests and enjoying all that the West Coast has to offer. I am a Certified Financial Planner with IPC Investment Corporation.
Are you still playing hockey?
Not nearly as much as my Junior/College days. These days I spend more time trail running and cycling.
Did you ever imagine your dad would be Mayor of West Kelowna?
During my time as a Warrior, my Dad served on the community’s first council. It came with no surprise when my Dad decided to run for Mayor. As a West Kelowna resident since 1992, my Dad has always been involved in the community. I am glad that he can continue to contribute to the betterment of the community as Mayor.
Which 2 former Warriors teammates would you quarantine with if you had to and why?
Ron Kelly and Stephen Caple – I have a backyard fire pit that is in desperate need of a guitar player, a long list of home renos and a full mini fridge that needs attention. Ron and Capes are the guys for the job.