LEAD, DEVELOP AND PROMOTE POSITIVE LIFELONG HOCKEY EXPERIENCES

BC HOCKEY Newsletter
January 21, 2015
In This Issue






HART AND POTOMAK BRING HOME SILVER



Upcoming Events
MINOR HOCKEY WEEK
January 18 - 25, 2015

MML SHOWCASE WEEKEND
January 24 - 25, 2015

WHL OFFICIATING NIGHTS
January 24, 2015
Save on Foods Memorial Arena

January 31, 2015
Western Financial Place

FEMALE HOCKEY TRY IT EVENT
January 25, 2015
Oceanside Place

FEMALE U18 TEAM BC CANADA WINTER GAME PRE-STAGE
February 9 - 12
Kelowna, BC

MALE U16 TEAM BC CANADA WINTER GAMES PRE-STAGE
February 17 - 20
Richmond Oval

CANADA WINTER GAMES
February 13 - March 1
Prince George, BC
In Other News















Upcoming Deadlines

BC High School Hockey League Application
January 31, 2015

Male U15 Region Camp Registration
March 1, 2015

Development 1 Post Task
March 31, 2015
VOLUNTEER JOB POSTINGS

There are currently no postings

If your association has any volunteer postings you would like included in next month's newsletter, please email them to info@bchockey.net.
Happy New Year!

We hope everyone had a safe and wonderful holiday full of happiness and laughter surround by loved ones. And of course hockey!

Check out 'Off The Bench' - your monthly video of what's happening in BC Hockey.  
Off The Bench - Ep. Two

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.

Enjoy!
SICK KIDS FOUNDATION CHARITY HOCKEY JAMBOREE RAISED OVER $10KsICKKIDS

The Kelowna Buckaroos Atom development team spearheaded and created a charity hockey tournament at Apex Mountain on December 19 - 21, 2014. With the help of players (aged 9 - 10), their families and local corporate business, they raised over $10,000 for the Sick Kids Foundation!

The idea for the event came from seeing families of healthy little players working with their kids or siblings with disabilities. From there, they started to look for opportunities to help and educate their little healthy players about sick kids and how they need to show acceptance and compassion.

The tournament and experience was embraced at full speed by their kids and the kids from three (3) other teams from Williams Lake, West Kelowna and Penticton.

Way to go team! You should be proud!

Apex Winter Classic-Sick Kids Foundation
 

Because of the support Sick Kids received from the Winter Classic Jamboree and community initiatives like it, important advances have been made in child heath research, new life-saving medical equipment has been purchased for their clinics and operating rooms, and their young patients continue to receive the best care that science, technology and compassion have to offer. For more information on the Sick Kids Foundation, please visit their website at www.sickkidsfoundation.com. 

FROM DANIEL TO BRAITH - TO DANIEL .....HE SCORES!EKD
Braith Morgan from Pimms Production Atom B team in Fort St. John, had his dream of skating along side the Vancouver Canucks come true! He was the latest winner in the "Every Kids Dream" contest.

In his entry, dad Scott wrote: "I was watching my son play a game of hockey downstairs. He was narrating the game he was playing to himself: 'Daniel over to Burrows, Borrows over to Braith, Braith back to Daniel...he shoots....he scores!


 

After he joined the Canucks for a skate and the anthem, Braith said "I had such a great time and it was so amazing to stand there with the Canucks an talk to Hendrik Sedin."


 

We bet this was a night Braith will never forget!

 

ALL THEY WANT FOR CHRISTMASXMASCAMP
The Male U16 Team BC wrapped up their Christmas Camp at the Richmond Oval with a special message for their fans

All I want for Christmas - Male U16 Team BC

SPIRIT NIGHT AT THE NORTH SHORE FEMALE ICE HOCKEY ASSOCIATIONSPIRITNITE



 

Back in November, 140 members for the North Shore Avalanche came together to enjoy an evening of fun, friendship and bonding.The night began with a welcome from president Brad Wing, with an intro to why the girls were there in the first place: to promote Team Spirit! The girls were broken up to their individual teams to participate in a scavenger hunt entitled "Get to Know Your Avalanche." Each team had 15 questions that required them to go around and interact with all of the other teams to get the answers. The competition was fierce with the Bantam C1 team taking first prize. It was great to see the girls pulling together as a team off the ice as well as they do on the ice.

Dinner was next on the agenda, with a menu catered specifically with the kids in mind. Mac and cheese, make your own burger sliders and chicken fingers were a big hit!  And the roller coaster cupcakes, made specially for the event, were delicious!

The girls were then divided into mixed groups, which ranged in age from 5 - 17, to make banners which encompassed their team spirit.  A cheer was also optional. The thought, effort and creativity put into these were amazing. The last portion of the evening was free time for dancing and mingling, and the girls took full advantage of that - their smiles and laughter were contagious!

A great night was had by all and the event succeeded in what they set out to accomplish: to bring the girls together to celebrate the sport we all know and love.


 

GOLD IS BACK IN CANADAWORLDJRS

After five years, gold has finally made it's made way back to Canada! And it was done in an exciting fashion with a close 5-4 victory over Russia.

A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Team Canada and BC boys Curtis Lazar, Sam Reinhart, Jake Virtanen, Nic Petan, Joe Hicketts and Shea Theodore!

Reinhart and Petan lead the overall tournament scoring with 11 point, while Lazar finished with nine (9). Hicketts and Virtanen each had three (3) assists and Thoedore notched a pair. Lazar and Reinhart finished on top of the goal scoring leaders with five (5) a piece.

Reinhart was named Player of the Game in their victory over Finland and Petan received the honour after netting a hat trick against Slovakia in the semi-finals. Reinhart was selected has one of the overall best players on Team Canada as chosen by tournament coaches and was also named to the Media All-Star Team.


 

We couldn't be more proud of you!


 

Check out some great videos from Hockey Canada about the players, their families, reactions to winning gold and more! Click here to watch the videos

LET'S SEE YOUR RED & WHITEREDNWHITE


We asked you to send us your special message to Team Canada as they prepared for the World Juniors.  Here are a few:


 

The Penticton Flames (aged 5 - 6) from the Okanagan Minor Hockey Association


The Semiahoo H3 Team 6: "Go Canada Juniors Go! Short but sweet, please tell the players that they are our pride, hope and heroes. Go out there and kick some butt! Try your best and stand tall. Walk proud because you are representing us all!"

Semiahmoo H3 Team 6 to Team Canada
  

The Fernie Junior Ghostriders (Timbits to Pee Wee players) 

Fernie Ghostriders to Team Canada 

The Semiahmoo Golden Eagles Hockey 2 Team 5: "Go for gold on home ice! Go Canada Go!" 

HART AND POTOMAK BRING HOME SILVERWMNSU18
Micah Hart (Saanichton) and Sarah Potomak (Aldergrove) took the silver medal with Team Canada at the 
2015 IIHF Women's U18 World Championship. The team lost a close 3 - 2 overtime battle to the United States.
Potomak was named the tournament's Top Forward and Most Valuable Player. Hart joined Potomak on the Media All-Star Team.

Both Hart and Potomak competed with Canada in a three (3) game series against the United States ealier this year, where Hart was named captain and Potomak alternate.  Both also attended Canada's National Women's Fall Festival in September and helped Canada's National Women's U18 team win gold at the 2014 IIHF Women's U18 World Championship in Budapest. Both girls will also compete for Team BC at the upcoming 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George. Hart currently plays with the Okanagan Hockey Academy and Potomak with the Pursuit of Excellence.

We caught up with the girls earlier last year to chat about their recent hockey accomplishments, Team Canada and more....

Watch Micah's video here

Read Sarah's Q&A here

MINOR HOCKEY WEEKMINORHOCKEYWK


BC Minor Hockey Week is just around the corner! The week aims to celebrate the game we all love through grassroots programming and fun events for kids to discover the sport, grow their skills and enjoy everything lacing up skates and stepping onto the ice has to offer

We greatly encourage everyone to participate, either as a player, volunteer or supporter. If your association doesn't have anything planned yet, it's not too late! There are numerous ways your association can get involved in Minor Hockey Week - host a Hockey Fun Day, a skills session, a coaching or officiating clinic or a bring family/friends event.

Don't forget about the Penalty Free Challenge! Last year over 140 teams from across the province had penalty free games during Minor Hockey Week. Check out the website for more information.

Already have something planned?  Tell us about it! Please send event details to info@bchockey.net

WHAT MAKES YOU SMILE AT THE RINK?smile

As part of Minor Hockey Week, we want to know what makes you smile at the rink.


 

Send us a picture of "What Makes You Smile at the Rink" and why for your chance to win a awesome BC Hockey swag bag!


 


 

It's easy to enter:

Tweet us: @BCHockey_Source

Post to the BC Hockey Facebook page

or email info@bchockey.net

Contest runs January 18 - 25, 2015. Winners will be selected at random.

1,500 GAMES AND COUNTINGCOACH

AJ Sander, coach of the Richmond Ravens Midget A team and assistant coach of the Richmond Devils Senior A team, will reach an incredible milestone has he steps onto the bench to coach his 1,500th game.

After coaching minor boys for 25 years, Sander moved over to girls' hockey, where he's been with the Ravens for the past seven (7) years.  Each year since he has been with the team, the team has made it to provincials, playing in the final game six (6) times and winning twice.  His successes are numerous, having won almost every tournament his team has participated in over the last seven (7) years in BC, Ontario Saskatchewan, Alberta and San Jose.

Sander places much emphasis on developing players but also focuses on developing female coaches. He is a great mentor on and off the ice and we are thankful for his invaluable contribution to the game of hockey.

Click here to read the full article c/o the Richmond Review

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 the Province. 
 
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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