LEAD, DEVELOP AND PROMOTE POSITIVE LIFELONG HOCKEY EXPERIENCES

BC HOCKEY Newsletter
February 15, 2017
In This Issue
MINOR HOCKEY TEAMS CELEBRATE #MINORHOCKEYWEEK

BOWEN ISLAND KICKS OFF MINOR HOCKEY WEEK

PRINCE RUPERT PEE WEES RAISE FUNDS FOR LOCAL HOSPITAL UNIT

BC HOCKEY LOCKER ROOM
Events
SOLDIER ON ALLIED WINTER SPORTS CAMP
February 24 - 26
Whistler, BC

GOALTENDER SPECIALTY CLINIC
February 25
CN Centre
Prince George, BC

VANCOUVER CANUCKS SUPERSKILLS
February 26
Vancouver, BC

CANUCKS FEMALE JAMBOREE
March 17 - 18
8 Rinks Arena
Burnaby, BC

BC HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS
March 19 - 23
Various locations

PJHL CHAMPIONSHIP
March 17 - 31
TBD

KIJHL CHAMPIONSHIP
March 17 - April 1
TBD

VIJHL CHAMPIONSHIP
March 30 - April 2
TBD

FMAAA CHAMPIONSHIP
March 24 - 26
TBD

MML CHAMPIONSHIP
March 24 - 26
TBD

COY CUP
March 28 - April 1
Whitehorse, YK
In Other News
Call for Major Midget League and Female Midget AAA Team Staff

Goaltender Specialty Clinic

Canucks Female Jamboree Registration Open

Major Midget League Spring Identification Camp Registration

Male Program of Excellence Regional Camps

Vancouver Island University Mariners Join BC Intercollegiate Hockey League

Call for Minor Hockey Association Organizational Development Work Group

Call for Team Trainers and Managers for 2017 Aboriginal Hockey Championship

2017 BC Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees
Upcoming Deadlines

Female Team BC Staff Applications
February 20, 2017

MML and FMAAA General Manager Applications
February 28, 2017

MML and FMAAA Head Coach Applications
March 10, 2017
VOLUNTEER JOB POSTINGS

There are currently no volunteer postings.

If your Association has any volunteer postings you would like included in next month's newsletter, please email them to info@bchockey.net.
We can't believe the end of the hockey season and the BC Hockey Championships are coming up so quickly! Where did the season go? To celebrate the 2016-2017 hockey season, we want to hear the highlights from your Association, team or community! Please send any stories to scouch@bchockey.net for possible inclusion in an upcoming newsletter or on the website.

We are always looking to hear from you! Does your Association have an upcoming event that the Membership should know about? Or have you recently hosted an exciting event and want to tell us about it?

Please send your story/event to info@bchockey.net .

Happy Hockey!
MINOR HOCKEY TEAMS CELEBRATE #MINORHOCKEYWEEKminorhockeyweek

Minor hockey teams from across BC and the Yukon celebrate our favourite national pastime during Minor Hockey Week last month. From tournaments to tubing, these teams bonded over their love of hockey.

The Fort Nelson Minor Hockey Association (MHA) held a pre-Novice and Novice Jamboree, their own little version of 'Hometown Hockey.' BC Hockey Chair of the Board, Randy Henderson and Hockey Canada Initiation Program Director, Barry Reynard were on hand to  help out with the event.





The Summerland Novice Jets are finishing their best season ever on the ice! The team credits some of it to their great group of parents and players who all value the importance of off-ice team bonding and most importantly, creating lasting memories and friendships for all the kids.

They kicked off Minor Hockey Week by attending a Penticton Vees game as a team and finished it off with a laughter-filled day tubing at Apex Mountain Resort. The kids even got the coaches in tubes!




For the third year in a row, the Aldergrove Midget House team headed up to Apex Mountain for a weekend of hockey, snowboarding, feasting and a year-end awards ceremony. The weekend kicked off on Friday where the guys got a lift ticket for $25 and snowboarded until dinner when the coaches threw down a lasagna dinner. After dinner, the team headed to the NHL size outdoor arena for a full jersey scrimmage under the stars.

The next morning began with a pancake and sausage feast that prepared the guys for a day on the slopes. That night, Coach Marchand cooked up a delicious prime rib and crab fiesta for the tuckered out guys.

The evening concluded with their awards ceremony honouring players' achievements throughout the season. In total, six (6) awards were handed out.
  • Most Valuable Player (MVP)
  • MVP (voted by the players only)
  • Norris Trophy (MVP - defense)
  • Selke Trophy (MVP - forward)
  • Lady Byng Trophy (most sportsmanlike)
  • Calder Trophy (MVP - Midget rookie)
The guys stayed up all night and slept the entire way home! The ultimate guys weekend to wrap up a great season of hockey!







BOWEN ISLAND KICKS OFF MINOR HOCKEY WEEKbowenisland


Minor Hockey Week got off to an early start this year thanks to Mother Nature. While the rest of Canada typically gets to enjoy a 'real winter' and all the fun that goes with it, those of us on the south west coast have to live in hope of cold weather and frozen lakes and ponds. Those dreams were fulfilled in spades this year when a wintery weather system descended over the south coast for most of December and into January.

On Bowen Island, the outdoor hockey season is incredibly short. A typical winter will usually serve up a couple days of playable ice, but many years we never get to skate. This year, January brought clear skies and cold temperatures, and the lakes and ponds finally froze over and gave way to the 'best hockey season ever' - two (2) straight weeks!

For Bowen Island hockey players, there is no local rink and they have so few players they barely skate a line, let alone fill a roster, so playing hockey means riding a ferry 'to town' to play in the Pacific Coast League. However, after years of early morning ferries, late night returns and sleepovers with generous teammates in town, the game finally came to Bowen this year.

Friday, January 13, 2017 was perfect; a gap in games and practices left a hole in the team schedule. The ice was 'in,' the skies were clear, the temperature minus five (5) and a bright moon helped boost the 'stadium lights' on the local pond. The North Vancouver Pee Wee A2 Storm rep team descended en masse on the 4:30pm ferry from Horseshoe Bay.

The evening was spent doing what many other Canadian hockey players get to do all winter long: play until you are forced to quit! (or, lose all your pucks - but, supplies fortunately held out) The last ferry pulled away at 10:00pm and the lights were turned off, leaving only the echoes of the sounds of hockey and happy memories of the Bowen Island Outdoor Classic - the first, and hopefully not last, time that minor hockey came to Bowen Island.

PRINCE RUPERT PEE WEES RAISE FUNDS FOR LOCAL HOSPITAL UNITprincerupert

Recently, the Prince Rupert Pee Wee rep team collected pledges from the community with the intention of giving half of the monies raised to a local charity.

To receive pledges, the team ran the 4K Resolution Run on New Years Day and then jumped into the frigid ocean for the Polar Bear Swim. Together they raised over $2,000! The players voted and decided to give just over $1,000 of their money to the local oncology unit at Prince Rupert Regional Hospital.

Team staff and parents are extremely proud of their effort, team work and thoughtfulness. So is BC Hockey - way to go team!


BC HOCKEY LOCKER ROOMSTORE

BC Hockey is proud to offer the membership an easy way to shop for our favorite gear. The BC Hockey Locker Room  offers a wide variety of apparel and other small hockey items for men, women and children.






The BC Hockey Locker Room is stocked with many "essential" items for all hockey fans. Flat shipping rate of $7.50 is charged per order.

Does your Minor Hockey Association have an upcoming event the membership should know about?  Or have you hosted an awesome event and want to tell us about it?

We want to know what you are doing at your association and share it with hockey fans across BC and the Yukon. 
 
Send your story/event to: info@bchockey.net.                        
Want to be a part of BC Hockey events?  Or do you know someone who would love to be involved in hockey in their community?

We are always accepting names and resumes for volunteer positions for BC Hockey events across the province.  Some events include: the Male U16 and Female U18 BC Cups and minor rec skills camps and jamborees .
 
Get involved today!   Please forward your name, or someone you know, and your/their details to: info@bchockey.net.                        
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