BC HOCKEY Newsletter
July 28, 2015
In This Issue




Upcoming Events
August 3 - 7
Lake Cowichan
August 8 - 12

August 6 - 9
Various locations

August 7 - 9
Various locations

August 24 - 28
In Other News
Saanich Minor Hockey Association Coach Mentor Position

BC Girls Invited to National Women's U18 Team Selection Camp

BC Players Invited to Canada's National Women's Development Team Selection Camp

BC Hockey Seeks Branch Coordinators and Task Group Members

2015 MU16 Provincial Camp

BC Players at 2015 IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship

Major Midget League Alumni Selected in 2015 NHL Entry Draft

Sportsmanship Starts in the Stands Program Materials

2015 Female U18 Strength and Conditioning Camp Roster

SportsCardiologyBC Seeks Elite Athletes for Cardiac Research Study

Upcoming Deadlines

FMAAA Evaluation Camp Registration
July 29, 2015

Saanich MHA Coach Mentor Application
August 7, 2015

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.
With August just around the corner, many arenas and associations have already started their preparation for next season.  We just recently wrapped a couple high performance events and look forward to the officiating schools, Female and Male Midget League Evaluation Camps and the Summer Skills Camp this month. Who says there's no hockey in the summer?

Want to be featured in the next BC Hockey monthly newsletter? 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.


Following in the foot steps of Sam Reinhart, Curtis Lazar and Morgan Reilly, 45 players embarked to Nanaimo, BC for the five (5) day Provincial Summer Camp. The players received specialized on and off-ice training offered through the Western Hockey League (WHL) Combine Testing with their state of the art equipment designed by Sport Testing Inc.
The players were separated into Team Bruins and Team Penguins to compete in four (4) games during the course of the week. The Bruins controlled the first two (2) games winning by scores of 5-1 and 6-2. The Penguins were able to fight back and win a pair of exciting 4-3 games to have the week end at two (2) games apiece, fitting for the top 45 U16 players in the province.
Twenty-five (25) players will announced on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 on the short list for consideration for Team BC that will compete at the 2015 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup.


What do Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Brendan Gallagher, Nic Petan and Sam Reinhart all have in common? They all played in the Major Midget League (MML). The first step towards playing in the MML is to attend an Evaluation Camp. The camps can involve practices, games and off-ice evaluations such as dryland training.
Evaluation Camps are being held across the province from August 6 - 9, 2015. Camp locations are:
Cariboo CougarsPrince George Coliseum
Fraser Valley Thunderbirds
Centre Ice Arena (Abbotsford)
Greater Vancouver Canadians
Richmond Oval
Kootenay Ice
Nelson District Community Centre
North Island Silvertips
Oceanside Place (Parksville)
Okanagan Rockets
Capital News Centre (Kelowna)
South Island Royals
Westhills Arena (Langford)
Thompson Blazers
McArthur Island/Brock Arena (Kamloops)
Vancouver North East Chiefs
Poirier Leisure Complex (Coquitlam)
Vancouver North West Giants
North Shore Winter Club
Valley West HawksLangley Twin Rinks
The camps are open to all Midget players born in 1998, 1999 and 2000.  Interested players must register for the zone in which their parents reside. For a description of the zone boundaries, please visit the MML website. To register for an MML Evaluation Camp, please click here.


The 2015-2016 Female Midget AAA (FMAAA) season is going to be the best one yet! Want to be part of the action? Make sure to register for a FMAAA Evaluation Camp.
Benefits of playing in the league include: travel and accommodation for all away games, equipment (gloves, helmet, equipment bag, track suit, work out gear, socks and jersey) and plenty of ice time with three (3) practices and two (2) to three (3) games per week.
Evaluation Camps are being held across the province from August 7 - 9 , 2015. Camp locations are:
Fraser Valley RushLangley Sportsplex
Greater Vancouver CometsPlanet Ice - Coquitlam
Kootenay WildWFP Arena (Cranbrook)
Northern CapitalsVarious locations
Thompson-Okanagan LakersPriest Valley Arena (Vernon)
Vancouver Island SealsStrathcona Gardens (Campbell River)
The camps are open to all female players born in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001. The camps are primarily focused on the evaluation of players eligible to make the team and those born in 2001 are more than welcome to attend for affiliation purposes.
Interested players must register for the zone in which their parents reside. For a description of the zone boundaries, please visit the FMAAA website. The deadline to register is July 29, 2015. Click here to register for a FMAAA Evaluation Camp.

Cool down from the heat of summer by registering your player for the Hockey Canada Summer Skills Camp! The camp offers an action packed week of hockey conditioning, skill development and off-ice games for players of a variety of ages and skill levels. The BC Hockey certified instructors will improve your child's hockey skills by focusing on progression and proper technique. Participants will learn new skills an drills in an environment that fosters sportsmanship, teamwork and most of all, fun.
The camp will run from Monday, August 24, 2015 to Friday, August 28, 2015 at Oceanside Place Arena in Parksville, BC and includes both on-ice sessions and dryland activities. There will be two (2) age groups for the camp - Novice/Atom and Pee Wee/Bantam. Each player will receive a development camp jersey and a water bottle. The cost of the camp is $400 (tax included).
Don't miss out on this cool camp! Register today!


A variety of topics were discussed at the High Performance 1 Seminars held in Kamloops and Vancouver this past month.
The seminars included many guest speakers including Jeff Compton who spoke on Mental and Physical Preparation and Todd Harkins who talked about Team and Player Selection.  Delegates also had the opportunity to work in small groups discussing many items, bouncing ideas off one another and learning from other elite coaches.
Delegates at the Vancouver seminar also attended the Coaches Conference at UBC, put on in partnership with the Coaches Site.  Many high-profile speakers were on hand including Steve Spott, Mike Valley and Willie Desjardins.
It was a long few days but the networking, knowledge gained and great presentations were worth it!


Tryouts can be very nerve-wracking time for both minor hockey players and their parents. One of the most positive things that parents can do during this time is to encourage your kids to have fun. Whether your child makes the team or not, it is about doing your best, learning from each tryout experience, and enjoying the process.
One way to ensure your children are happy with their effort and enjoy their time on the ice during tryouts is to make sure that you keep your expectations in check as to which team your child wishes to play for; not every kid in Canada was made to play high level, AAA or carded hockey, which is fine!
As a parent, don't ever force your child to try out for a team they don't wish to play on. If your child is happy playing on the team he or she is on now, and is content with the level they are playing at, then that should be all that matters. We often forget that the main purpose if playing hockey is for kids to have fun, not for parents to control where their children play based on their own aspirations and experiences.
Another thing parents should consider is which team your son or daughter should try out for. If you live in an area of Canada where there are multiple teams to choose from, you should do some research before narrowing down your decision. Fin out what positions teams are looking to fill, whether it be goalie, forward or defense, and then, depending on what position your child plays or wishes to try out for, you can both make a decision to better help their chances of making that team.
If a hockey player wants to try out for a competitive team, they must do so with an open mind and appreciate it as a learning experience. With this mindset, and by working hard and doing everything asked of the, they may be pleasantly surprised with the outcome.
For players, long-gone are the days where training camps and tryouts were used for hockey players to get into shape. Fitness has become such a huge factor in today's modern game of hockey that it is absolutely necessary to show up to try outs in the best shape possible. An out-of-shape hockey player is one of the first things a coach will notice.
Make yourself visible to the coaches on the ice by showing an eagerness and willingness to compete, participate in drills and follow the coach's instructions. Don't get into the habit of just joining the back of the line; be near the front for drills. Always do every drill and complete every drill with as much effort, speed and skill as you can. Don't take any drills or shifts off. This is something the coach will notice right away.
most importantly, go out there and try your best and have fun! After all, that's what hockey is all about!
Source for Sports can help you do your best at tryout time with the right equipment and fitness training tools.  Check out www.sourceforsports.com for more tips.
Source For Sports. We know our stuff.
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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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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