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BC HOCKEY Newsletter
February 3, 2015
In This Issue






Upcoming Events
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

PRINCETON JAMBOREE
February 27 - March 1
Princeton, BC

CANUCKS FEMALE JAMBOREE
March 20 -22
Burnaby 8 Rinks

NAHC TEAM BC SELECTION CAMP
March 27 - 29
Kamloops, BC

FEMALE U16 BC CUP
April 2 - 5
Salmon Arm, BC

MALE U15 REGION CAMPS
April 3 - 5
Vanderhoof & Duncan
April 9 - 12
Langley
April 10 - 12
Nelson

MALE U16 BC CUP
April 23 - 26
Salmon Arm

2015 NATIONAL ABORIGINAL HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP
April 26 - May 2
Halifax, NC

MALE U15 PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENT
May 7 - 10
Richmond Oval
In Other News











Upcoming Deadlines

Canucks Jamboree Player & Coach Registration
March 8, 2015

Male U15 Region Camp Registration
March 1, 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.
After months of training and preparation, both the Male and Female Team BC will have their shot at Canada Winter Games medals! The female team kicks off on February 13, 2015, while the male team will start their push for back-to-back gold medals on February 22, 2015.
There are so many great people and teams doing amazing things for the love of hockey across the province. From locker room traditions to banner raising and fundraisers, BC Hockey is proud for all that you do to contribute to this wonderful game!
Off the Bench - Episode 3
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!
NORTH DELTA ATOM TEAM 'BELIEVES IN THE CARROT'CARROT

The North Delta Atom C2 Scorpions team entered the playoffs of the Arctic Blast Tournament in Lynnwood, WA in sixth place. 

Before game one (1) of the playoffs at 7:15am, each player was given a carrot to eat as good luck. The game ended in a 4-4 tie, forcing OT which failed to solve the game. On to shootouts. North Delta netted the first two (2) and their goalie stopped both. On to the semi's!

Next up was the top seeded team from Seafair. With the carrot tradition carrying on, they again found themselves down in the third period, but only by one (1) goal. With less than two (2) minutes remaining, North Delta tied the game and went to OT yet again, but this time shorthanded due to a late penalty. North Delta scored a shorthanded goal to win the game and advance to the finals!

With the belief in the carrot in full effect, every player did their deed and ate their carrot. North Delta headed into the third period down yet again. With loud parents cheering the players on, North Delta scored three (3) straight goals to take a 4-3 lead. With less than a few minutes remaining in the game, the opposing team tied it and forced OT. When OT didn't break the tie, it's was off to shoot-outs, yet again. The North Delta goalie stoned two (2) of the three (3) shooters and the third North Delta shooter scored on a forehand deke while falling down after a poke check from the opposing goalie. They win!

"I thought we were going to win because carrots are vegetables and give us energy," said one of the players. "Teams were hard to beat, but I was excited when we won."

This team is a true testament of "playing with heart." Not only did they play three (3) playoff games in one (1) day, but they also played three (3) overtime periods and two (2) shootouts to win the championship.  

"The thing I am most proud of is that the team never gave up when they were down and they were all supportive of each other on the bench," said North Delta coach. "I think the lessons learned from this tournament will stay with them for a long time."

Another player said, "I knew we were going to win because of the lucky carrots."

If you "believe in the carrot," amazing and inspirational things can happen! 

SAANICH & VICTORIA MHA TEAMS CHAT WITH JOE HICKETTS HICKETTS


With the help of the Saanich Braves Atom B and Victoria Ice Hawks Pee Wee C1 teams, we chatted with Team BC alumni, Team Canada gold medalist and Victoria Royals dman Joe Hicketts. 

BC Hockey Joe Hicketts Interview 

BIG thank you to Saanich Atom B team, Victoria Ice Hawks Pee Wee C1 team and Joe Hicketts for a great video!
WHAT MAKES YOU SMILE AT THE RINKSMILE
In celebration of Minor Hockey Week, we asked you to submit pictures of "What Makes You Smile at the Rink" and why. We received over 225 entries, all with awesome reasons why. Here are a few:

"We are smiling because we were chosen to be the captain and assistant captain at our hockey camp."

"First year of hockey. First trophy. First tournament. Great team. Awesome coaches. That's worth smiling about." 

"Their smiles make their coaches, parents, grandparents and other fans smile too!"

"He is smiling because his team is still looking for that first win. It's just around the corner." 

Congratulations to Alicia & Katie of Princeton and Angela & Dan of Victoria - winners of the What Makes You Smile at the Rink contest.

A BIG thank you to everyone who submitted a photo. A gallery of pictures can be found on the BC Hockey Facebook page.
WATCH TEAM BC U18 TEAM PREP FOR THE CANADA WINTER GAMESteambc


The Female U18 Team BC is heading into their final stage of preparation for the 2015 Canada Winter Games.  Part of that includes a exhibition game against Kelowna Minor Hockey Bantam T1 male team.

The game takes place Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 6:00pm at Memorial Arena in Kelowna. 

"The Canada Games is one the largest events for Canada's young athletes," said Team BC head coach Sylvain Leone. "This being the first time hosting in BC really adds to event the event for the players. We're very excited to to hold our Pre-Competition Camp in Kelowna. It hosts a large female hockey community and a large part of our team trains in the Okanagan. We really appreciate the KMHA for their support and setting up the game. We're looking forward to a full house!"
This is a very unique opportunity for Kelowna and its sporting community to get to see BCs elite U18 girls play an elite Bantam male team before meeting the rest of Canada on the National stage.


 

Good luck on your quest for gold girls!



 

BIG NIGHT FOR THE CARIBOO COUGARScougars


The night started with a banner raising ceremony and ended with the Cariboo Cougars skating to a 7 - 1 victory over the Kootenay Ice on Jameson Jones Night on January 31, 2015. This was the fifth annual fundraiser for BC Children's Hospital. It wasn't only the fans who were in a giving mood that night though - Captain Austin Gray was feeling generous as well, tallying five (5) assists on the evening.

After the team lifted their first ever Mac's Midget AAA Championship banner to the rafters, they were joined on the ice by a couple of very special kids: Jameson Jones and Cam Pinette. When Jameson was just five (5), he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. After surgery and chemo, he was able to come back to Prince George, but during one of his check-ups, they found that the cancer had returned. It was during the second phase of treatment that the Cougars went to BC Children's Hospital to visit young Jameson, and while there, they were struck by the number of kids who were receiving treatment for serious and life-threatening illnesses. The team decided they wanted to give something back and thus Jameson Jones Night was born.

Cam Pinette was just 18 months old when he fell through the ice of Williams Lake and nearly drowned. The doctors and nurses in Williams Lake fought to save his live and stabilize Cam so he could be transported to BCCH. After months of treatment and rehab, he blew away doctors and therapists who never thought he'd walk or talk again. He's in grade five (5) now, loves hockey and works incredibly hard at Total Ice in Williams Lake learning to skate.

Cam's mom, Leigh Pinette, was thrilled Cam could be part of the Cariboo Cougars' big night. "He had such a great time and we couldn't wipe the smile of his face," she said. "The Cougars are a great group of men and this night was very special to Cam."

Once the final tally came in, the event raised over $1,500 for BC Children's Hospital Foundation, a sum which the team plans to deliver when they are in the Lower Mainland to take on the Vancouver North West Giants, February 14 - 15, 2015.

What a great night! Congratulations to everyone involved in Jameson Jones Night!


 

KIMMETT CUP LACED UP TO RAISE $500,000 FOR CHILDREN'S WISHkimmettcup


The Kimmett Cup wrapped up another successful tournament with a solid start of $116,000 towards their goal of $500,000 for the Children's Wish Foundation over the next few years.

The seventh annual pond hockey tournament raises money to help grant the most heartfelt wishes of children living with life-threatening illnesses.

Starting as a small pond hockey tournament to remember Lindsay Kimmett after her passing, the Kimmett Cup's seventh year saw 450 people hit the ice in 48 teams with over 450 friends and family coming out to cheer them on.

Kimmett Cup

Nine-year old Paxton's most heartfelt wish will be granted by Children's Wish when he travels to the big island of Hawaii with his entire family. In 2013, Paxton's world was turned upside down when he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. To celebrate the completion of his chemotherapy treatments, Paxton received a pair of skates from his parents, which he has been eagerly breaking in. Paxton's love for hockey made him the perfect ambassador for Kimmett Cup Seven (7).
 

PRO-FORMANCE ADVANTAGE: CUSTOM STICK FITTINGstickfitting


Choosing a new hockey twig is always fun! You may already have a stick or a particular pattern in mind that you feel meets your needs. But did you know that having the right stick means more powerful slap shots, quicker snap snots, more accurate wrist shots and crisper passes?

No two (2) players are the same and no two (2) sticks are the same either. At Source for Sports, the Pro-Formance Advantage Custom Fitting System is designed to personally fit every player with the stick that is specifically right for their game. 

Here are a few considerations that will affect your stick choice:

  • Stick Length
  • Curves
  • Flex
  • Your Game Defines Your Stick

Pro-Formance Custom Stick Fitting System by Source For SportsĀ® 

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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?

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