LEAD, DEVELOP AND PROMOTE POSITIVE LIFELONG HOCKEY EXPERIENCES

BC HOCKEY Newsletter
November 10, 2016
In This Issue
MAJOR MIDGET LEAGUE GOES PINK

SESSIONS IN WHITEHORSE

BC HOCKEY LOCKER ROOM NOW OPEN

DISTRICTS WORKING TOGETHER TO GROW THE FEMALE GAME

TEAM BC BRINGS HOME SILVER
Events
NATIONAL WOMEN'S U18 CHAMPIONSHIP
November 9 - 13
Regina, SK

CANUCKS FIRST STRIDES
November 14
Vancouver, BC

CANUCKS LEARN TO PLAY PROGRAM 
November 26
Hazelton

HOCKEY DAY IN HAZELTON
November 26
Hazelton, BC

WORLD SLEDGE HOCKEY CHALLENGE
December 4 - 10
Charolottetown, PEI

NATIONAL MEN'S U20 SELECTION CAMP
December 10-15
Montreal, QB

CANUCKS MINOR HOCKEY WEEKEND
December 10-11
Vancouver, BC

WORLD JUNIOR A CHALLENGE
December 11-17
Bonnyville, QB

IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
December 26 - January 5
Toronto, ON/Montreal, QB

FEMALE U14/U16 ZONE CAMPS
January 7-9
Various Locations

PJHL WINTER CLASSIC
January 1-3
Richmond, BC
In Other News
Coaches Wanted for First Strides Event

Major Midget League Raising Money in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness

Canucks Every Kids Dream Contest

Chevrolet Power of Play Program Returns

Team BC Takes Home Silver at the 2016 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup

Team BC to Play Team Alberta for Gold

Team BC Tops Team Saskatchewan at the 2016 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup

BC Players Named to Team Canada Rosters for 2016 World U17 Hockey Challenge

Team BC Defeats Manitoba to Begin 2016 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup

Team BC Preview for Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup

Partners Council Seeking Team BC Personnel for 2017 National Aboriginal Hockey Championship

Dodge Caravan Kids Program
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Happy Hockey!
MAJOR MIDGET LEAGUES DOES PINKMML

To recognize October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Major Midget League (MML) laced up in the league's inaugural "Pink in the Rink" day.  On Saturday, October 29, 2016 all MML teams wore pink laces and taped their sticks pink in support of breast cancer awareness.

Some teams took their fundraising efforts a step further. In the game between the Valley West Hawks and Vancouver North West Giants in Squamish, the teams held a "Bra Toss for Breast Cancer." Fans were encouraged to bring an old or unwanted bra to the game to throw on the ice when the first goal was scored. For every bra that was thrown the Giants and the Hawks together donated $20 towards beating breast cancer. In total, 25 bras flew onto the ice for a total of $500 being raised.

"The kids really liked the idea and felt good participating in the event; the fans and parents loved it as well," said Valley West Hawks General Manager, Rob Evers. "It's important that our players learn to give back and it's important that the league be viewed as one that teaches our players about what's right in life, not just how to become a better hockey player. We need to teach them about being good people."

The Fraser Valley Thunderbirds also hosted a special event when they hosted the South Island Royals.  Aside from having pink baked treats for donors, player moms, dressed in pink of course joined their boys on the blueline prior to the game. They had a moment of silence for those affected by breast cancer and other cancers, followed by a very moving National anthem sung by Michael Berg, whose mother was impacted by breast cancer.

"This was important for the league because it shows continued unity amongst all our organizations," commented Thunderbirds General Manager, Darrin Ponak. "At times we {hockey players} are perceived as fierce competitors that at times hate one another, but this shows that we do all work together towards common goals. The team, players, parents and fans were all very supportive in this endeavor, and it showed."

The Thunderbirds and Royals game raised nearly $700 for cancer awareness.

Great job by the MML, players, team staff, parents and fans!!

SESSIONS IN WHITEHORSEwhitehorse

In partnership with Hockey Yukon, the Whitehorse Huskies Senior Men's team, Whitehorse Minor Hockey Association and the Major Midget League (MML), BC Hockey headed to Whitehorse, Yukon last month for a fun-filled weekend of hockey.

The festivities kicked off early on the Friday  as the MML coaches hit the ice to lead the U16 Mustangs through a practice. Both MML teams, the Vancouver North East Chiefs and Cariboo Cougars, each took to the ice for team practices following the Mustangs.

That afternoon, the MML coaches ran a skills session for Atom to Bantam aged players.  MML players joined the players on the ice to help run them through some of the drills.  That evening, a Coaches Hot Stove session was be held by the MML in which local coaches attended and asked questions.

Saturday was a triple-header at Takhini Arena. The U16 Yukon Mustangs took on the Yellowknife Wolf-Pack; the Chiefs and Cougars faced off in their first game of the weekend and the Senior Men's Bonneville Pontiacs and Whitehorse Huskies wrapped the day off with an evening game.

On Sunday, the Mustangs and Wolf-Pack and Chiefs and Cougars each faced off to round out their weekend double-header.

SCOREBOARD

Mustangs
6
Wolf-Pack
2
Wolf-Pack
3
Mustangs
7
Chiefs
1
Cougars
6
Pontiacs
1
Huskies
9
Mustangs
9
Wolf-Pack
2
Chiefs
1
Cougars
6
Pontiacs
6
Huskies
7

Thank you Whitehorse for hosting such a great weekend!

CLICK HERE for a photo album of pictures from the Mustangs and Wolf-Pack games.

Overall, a great experience for all involved!

BC HOCKEY LOCKER ROOM NOW OPENSTORE

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 currently stocked with many "essential" items for all hockey fans. Flat shipping rate of $7.50 is charged per order.

DISTRICTS WORKING TOGETHER TO GROW THE FEMALE GAMEFEMALE

The Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association (PCAHA) is making big strides in the growth of the female game, especially on Vancouver Island.

Given the travel and few female Midget teams on the Island, the PCAHA allowed two (2) Island teams (North Island and South Island) to join their league this year on an exhibition trial basis. Midget Female teams on the Island play the majority of their games against boys teams.

Coaches and players from the Island are thrilled to be playing with the PCAHA Midget A League.

Recently, Richmond traveled to the island to play the North Island team. Despite North Island's lack of experience playing against other female teams, the team was fairly evenly matched with Richmond.

The South Island team welcomed Ridge Meadows to the Victoria area for another close match.

"My conclusion from the first weekend was that by welcoming these two (2) teams into the PCAHA league, be it on an exhibition basis, we are making a huge difference in Vancouver Island District's Midget A Program and will help to move Female hockey ahead on the Island," said former PCAHA President, Cindy Secord. "We are also giving opportunities to our own teams and Associations. We should acknowledgethat by improving strength of female hockey in the Branch, we continue to strengthen the program within our District."

Coaches and players from the Island teams are thrilled to be playing with the PCAHA Midget A League. 
TEAM BC BRINGS HOME SILVERteambc

Team BC lost a hard fought match to Team Alberta 3-2 to capture the silver medal at the 2016 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup.  Alberta scored the game winning goal just 31 seconds into overtime.  The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup took place from October 18 - 23, 2016 at WinSport in Calgary, Alberta.
 
Team BC finished the round robin play with a 2-1 record which was good enough for second in the standings.  In a thrilling match, Team BC defeated Team Saskatchewan 2-1 in the 2 vs. 3 match-up on Saturday, October 22, 2016. 
 
Josh Williams (Langley, BC) was named to the Tournament All Star Team.

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