Message from the CEO
“You’re on mute!” How often have we heard or said those words over these past two years? And while it’s bad enough when no one can hear what you’re saying, it’s doubly bad if we don’t talk to each other at all. So, I like that BC Hockey is going to punch out this newsletter a few times a year. If you take the time to read it, we promise that the tidbits of information here will make your five-minute time investment worthwhile. 
 
So, here we go! Let’s kick this off with a real buzzkill of an observation. I recently read an article on what experienced teachers think about today’s kids. The upshot was that children have truly changed in the last decade or so, in real and significant ways, and one major change was that many kids don’t know how to play. That is, they don't know how to play without a device, and as a result, compared to years ago, many lack creativity. This compounds an already-problematic erosion of the skill of thinking for themselves and making up their own minds. They rely on the internet for that. Easy answers, right or wrong, stop the inquiry, stop the thought process, and stop the wonder. 
 
So how does hockey fit in? Well, hockey is a game. We PLAY hockey. We know that physical and mental well-being comes from play. Social skills come from play, and they are lost without it. And maybe most importantly, the creativity that comes from play is what drives young minds and unshackles them, encouraging thought and allowing wonder. We need play to remain creative. We need creativity for growth and human happiness.

Somewhere in here is a core truth about the importance of what we all do, delivering our game to more than 50,000 participants in B.C. and Yukon. It may be more important than it has ever been in our 103-year history. You will see echoes of this in the BC Hockey’s upcoming Strategic Plan.
 
And here’s some good news as we look ahead. What we have all done to keep the game going, through significant challenges, is already paying dividends. We might not fully feel it yet (in many cases due to being exhausted from all of what we’ve endured), but our collective accomplishments through the pandemic are a true success story. There is no playbook for some of the challenges we have faced, but that’s fine. We just do what hockey people do. We adapt, change on the fly, and stay in the game. 
 
As we’ve begun to return to the ‘more normal’ rhythms of our game, crowning champions and looking ahead, it bears reflecting that it matters. Play matters. Hockey matters. We are all better for it.
 
Ok, back on mute! See you at the rink,
Cam
What's Upcoming?
BC Hockey is happily preparing for our return to an in-person Annual Congress with the festivities taking place June 10-11, 2022 at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. Registration for the event is open! We have been eagerly waiting to re-connect with our membership and the many dedicated hockey people from around B.C. and Yukon.
 
With guest speakers, seminars, Awards Gala, Trade Show, the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and much more, it is sure to be a memorable weekend. Click the link below for the schedule of events and to register for the 2022 BC Hockey Annual Congress!
GOING FOR GOLD!!!
The Fraser Valley Rush Female U18 AAA team and Vancouver NE Chiefs U18 AAA team have advanced to their respective Hockey Canada National Championships!
 
What a RUSH! Two memorable victories over the Alberta Pandas allowed the Rush to claim the Pacific Regional Championship and move on to compete at the 2022 Esso Cup. This is the first time that a team from B.C. has defeated the Alberta champs in the Pacific Regional Championship!
 
Who owns the CHIEFS? No one! The Vancouver NE Chiefs came out victorious in their Pacific Regional Championship series with the Calgary Buffaloes, claiming the series in three incredible games. This is the first time in the team's history that the Chiefs will compete for the Telus Cup.
 
Both tournaments get underway May 16th, with the championship trophy being awarded on May 22nd! Good luck to both squads. For all the details on the Fraser Valley Rush's and the Vancouver NE Chiefs' upcoming national championship appearances, click the links below.
Princeton Going After Kraft Hockeyville 2022!
Photo: Krafthockeyville.ca
The town of Princeton, B.C. has been named a finalist for Kraft Hockeyville 2022! The community is hoping to win the contest and the $250,000 in funding that goes along with it. The funds would help to upgrade their community facility, the Princeton and District Arena. Princeton has been affected by historic weather conditions with forest fires and flooding wreaking havoc on the town and arena.
 
Voting for the 2022 edition of Kraft Hockeyville will begin on May 6, 2022 at 6 a.m. PST and end the following day, May 7, 2022 at 2 p.m. PST! The winning community will be announced live that night on Hockey Night in Canada. Click the link below to vote for the town of Princeton as Kraft Hockeyville 2022 Champions when the ballots open May 6!
ICYMI
BC Hockey Championships have officially come to an end for the 2021-22 season!
 
Congratulations to all the winners, of course, but also to each of the 16 hosting associations!
 
Check out our Championships website page for all the stats and standings from Championship Season!
Quick Hits
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