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|TEAM BC WINS BRONZE AT CHALLENGE CUP
BC and Saskatchewan squared off for the bronze medal at the 2015 Western Canada Challenge Cup claiming a dominating 7-2 victory.
Both teams started off with lots of energy in an attempt to get the first goal of the game and it was BC who struck first as Brendan Budy took a nice pass from Jackson Shepard and buried it to give BC the 1-0 lead midway through the opening frame.
BC jumped out to a 3-0 lead with goals from Matt Mosher and Medicine Hat Tigers prospect Ryan Chyzowski less than two (2) minutes into the second period. Mosher skated down the right side, cut to the middle and fired a wrist shot by Saskatchewan netminder Lance Alm to make the score 2-0. Chyzowski scored just 43 seconds later to chase Alm from the Saskatchewan goal as Jake Davidson came in relief.
BC forward Keltie Jeri-Leon netted his third goal of the tournament to further increase BC's lead to 4-0 and the offensive siege continued. Edmonton Oilers prospect Ethan Cap fired a hard point shot on a BC power play and found the back of the net to give BC a 5-0 cushion heading into the final period of play.
The third period saw a Saskatchewan squad that refused to quit as forwards Alex Kannok Leipert and Keenan Taphorn each scored a power play goal to get within four (4) goals of BC. However, BC forward Budy scored his second goal of the game to extend BC's lead to 7-2 and that stood as the final.
BC outshot Saskatchewan 29-23 in the win to claim the bronze medal at the 2015 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup. BC went 1-3 on the power play while Saskatchewan finished 2-9.
|GUMMY BEARS, CHIPS AND CHOCOLATE BARS, OH MY!
On Thursday, October 29, 2015 at the Midget A1 game in Aldergrove, hockey fans were treated to "Sweet Sportsmanship!" It was Candy Toss Night in the old barn!
Much like the well-known Teddy Bear toss, the first goal the home team scored kicked off the party. The Aldergrove Bruins scored midway through the first and the candy started flying in the stands. Mini chocolate bars, peanut butter cups, fuzzy peaches and bags of chips were freely tossed to cheering fans. When the opposing North Delta Midget A1 responded with a goal, the Sundevil fans were not only excited for the goal, but for their share of treats too. Grandparents, parents, siblings and friends were all munching on treats. All the goals were recognized.....well until the candy ran out. Players and coaches were not left out as they received treats after the game too.
What fun! Smiles were everywhere in the building and it was a friendly, happy atmosphere. A true class act. Every last piece of garbage was picked up in the stands, leaving no extra work for the hard working arena staff.
Aldergrove is looking forward to their last game before Christmas break: "Christmas in the Barn," which includes ugly Christmas sweaters, holiday songs and another Candy Toss game. Why not give this a try with your team? So much fun!
|FUN JUST AS IMPORTANT AS SKILL FOR HOCKEY KIDS
c/o Alaska Highway News
Even at 60 years old, Tom Renney can still remember the names of his minor hockey coaches and the colour schemes of the various hockey jerseys he wore as a child.
Those childhood experiences had an impact on the former NHL coach and current Hockey Canada President - and at a panel at the North Peace Arena, he and three (3) other hockey officials talked about how to make sure the rink is a place that kids want to go.
"(Hockey) really does define us in lots of ways, and we should be proud of it," he told the crowd. "This is our sport."
For him, it was important to judge kids not on how well they play, but how much fun they are having.
He told the crowd that out of 90,000 kids taught by certified coaches, only 14 would make it to the NHL.
Even of the 66 players present at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge for the Canadian teams, he estimated that only 14 or 15 would make it, "maybe."
Parents have a role to make sure that kids are having fun.
"Adults that are in the arena when children are playing, they have to understand that they're a parent to every single child in there," he said. "Every parent has a responsibility, as does every adult, to make sure the hockey experience is exceptional."
The panelists acknowledged that they have come across some bad parents.
Joe Drago, Hockey Canada's Chairman of the Board, said that one parent of a Junior A hockey player he coached would come to his house at 7am lecturing him that her son wasn't getting enough ice time - with statistics from the night before.
Drago said that he traded the player to another team, simply to get him away from the mother.
For the panelists, education was an important way to stop abusive parents.
"A lot of people may not know there is an abuse issue," said Renney. "Education is important."
Paul Carson, Hockey Canada's Vice President of Development, said that the large percentage of good hockey parents could help deal with the bad hockey parents who are creating a negative environment.
Renney also identified some "perception" issues with the sport that could be addressed to improve hockey enrollment throughout the country.
"There's a perception that hockey is very, very expensive," he said. "It's expensive if you think you have to play on that AAA Atom team that travels across Canada to play, or if you've got to use Sidney Crosby's prototype hockey stick that costs $300, or a pair of skates that are $600."
Drago said it costs more to put his granddaughters through dance than it would to play hockey.
"We just have to make sure we work very, very hard and especially inviting those kids who might have a hard time economically with some help," he said. "The game is the is the game, and we don't have to spend thousands of dollars to travel around the world to get the fun we see."
|FIRST SHIFT PROGRAM: HELPING KIDS FALL IN LOVE WITH HOCKEY
The end of the Fall 2015 First Shift Welcome Event tour is coming to a close, and the program saw more than 2,400 kids join the hockey family across Canada.
The First Shift program is designed to ease kids and their families into the sport of hockey in a fun and welcoming environment. It is open to boys and girls aged 6 - 10 years who have never registered to play hockey. The registration fee is $199 for each participant and includes:
- A Welcome Event - information, education and an equipment fitting session
- Six (6) "Learn to Play" ice sessions
- A complete set of Bauer gear
The program is a great way to not only grow the game, but grow hockey at your arena and in your community.
|HOCKEY: EVER CHANGING AND CONSTANTLY CHALLENGING
c/o Alaska Highway News
Hockey is constantly changing - from the speed of the game, to the way it is taught or played. And in the age of the Internet, the resources are more vast than ever.
With all those changes, being able to filter and collect that information into an appropriate way to serve an individual or a team can be difficult.
As part of the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge at the North Peace Arena, Hockey Canada brought together four (4) individuals who have intense dedication and knowledge about the game to share what they know and see in their interactions with it.
BC Hockey President Randy Henderson, BC Hockey's Referee in Chief Sean Raphael, Men's National Team Senior Manager for Hockey Canada Shawn Bullock and Hockey Canada Western Scout Wade Klippenstien fielded questions from about 30 or so community members regarding all things hockey.
Henderson addressed the notion early on the kids who "play in the north won't get seen."
"There are scouts here, there are scouts in Dawson, there are scouts in Grande Prairie," he said. "Players are being watched quite well."
Klippenstien noted that Carey Price, the NHL's Vezina Trophy holder, was from the small town of Anahim Lake and played his minor hockey in Williams Lake.
There have been plenty of questions throughout the week about why Canada has three (3) teams entered in the tournament, compared to each other nation with just one (1). The simple answer from Bullock was depth and development.
"We feel at this level that we have a large base of athletes, that not only need to develop but that can play at this level. We pride ourselves on having the most high performance hockey players in the world," he said.
"We feel it's very important to develop 66 players here rather than 22. Because you never know, we are looking at a World Junior roster right now where we have the McCann's and the Virtanen's playing in the NHL already. If we only had 22 guys here continuing at U18 and U20, we might lose half our World Junior team because of the NHL."
IMPORTANT SKILLS FOR COACHES
Bullock also touched on coaching, and the need to develop young hockey players as good skaters and athletes first and foremost.
"If you can really bear down and teach the fundamentals of the game from age 8 to 14, you can really produce some great hockey players," he said while also noting that teams should strive for a three (3) to one (1) practice to game model, at the very least a one (1) to one (1) ratio.
"I go back to edge work, skating technique, not just straight away but change of pace, being evasive, changing speeds, being able to go left and right. Right now our defensemen are struggling to just keep up with the pace...the other one we are struggling with at this level is puck protection. We are really weak on puck protection here. When you get it is so valuable to keep it you have to protect it."
Klippenstien added that with perhaps all the resources available, maybe coaches are getting too involved and need to back off and let the kids have some free play. Much like the activity at a skate park where kids aren't constantly monitored or coached, yet are developing creativity and skills every day.
The men in stripes also got a lot of questions from the crowd, with inquiries about the best way to make it to the next level, to how to best approach and deal with a coach.
"For me, I love an official who communicates, someone with a sense of humour. You can deescalate a situation so quickly if you have a sense of humour, if you have that human component," Klippenstien said as a former WHL coach.
Raphael pointed out that while there are many paths to making it to the NHL, simply striving to be the best referee in a given game, in an organization and in a league can go a long way to getting noticed.
He added that since referees have little time to practice their craft, going over a rule each game with other officials in a given season could potentially cover more than 100 rules. He also cited the need for refs to communicate before the game as a way for better success on the ice.
"Whatever game you are on the ice for is the most important one, whether it's a Novice, a Pee Wee game or the gold medal of the U17's. You are only as good as your last game, so always represent yourself from that standpoint," he said.
|CELEBRATING 341 YEARS OF MARRIAGE
Sportsmanship starts at home and is then carried to the rink and into the stands. At least this is what one Aldergove moms demonstrated last season.
To promote sportsmanship in the bleachers, this mom honoured each parent couple on the team by celebrating their marriages. A week before the final game of their playoff series of 2015 (versus North Vancouver), she asked each couple to send her the date they were married and a song from their wedding. They had no idea why. Then between the second and third periods of this final home game, the mom had pre-recorded an introduction to each couple, stating a bit about them, when they were married, and had their wedding song playing in the background.
She invited them up and each couple received a bundle of tulips. The Midget aged sons were sitting on their bench watching from across the ice and cheered as each couple was introduced, from the shortest married to the longest. And even with a few second marriages in the mix, it showed their boys that these were some devoted families. She said she wanted their boys to see families committed to each other. The husbands from North Vancouver (the visiting team) were provided flowers to present to their wives and daughters. All in all, 341 years of marriage was celebrated!
The North Van parents later joked that they would bake cookies for when they hosted the next game against Aldergrove. It was a four (4) point series playoff game, which usually is filled with tension, but on this night, the stands were filled with smiles and new friends.
This was true sportsmanship in action.
|CARIBOO COUGARS RAISE AWARENESS FOR BREAST CANCER
When the Cariboo Cougars hit the ice one Saturday night in October, they weren't wearing their usual black, red, and white jerseys. Instead, they were donning special pink and white jerseys to promote awareness for breast cancer.
October was Breast Cancer Awareness month, and several sports leagues across North America took part. The Western Hockey League's (WHL) Prince George Cougars had a Breast Cancer Awareness night and the MML Cougars were excited to host their own when they played the South Island Royals on Saturday, October 24, 2015.
The special-edition jerseys were donated by a Cariboo sponsor, the Taba Group. The Taba Group's Shawn and Art Julien were inspired to do something to promote the cause on a local level. They contacted Cougars Head Coach/General Manager, Trevor Sprague, and the two (2) organizations worked to put together a special night for the cause.
"Breast cancer awareness has become a big thing in Northern BC, and with the WHL Cougars having their event last weekend we were excited to spread the word as well," commented Sprague. "We want to make people throughout the North aware of breast cancer, and ultimately, we want to beat it."
In addition to the jerseys (which were auctioned off after the game, with the proceeds going towards breast cancer research), there was also a "Chuck A Puck" event and donation boxes at the door. All in all, the Cougars raised $2,300, with all proceeds benefiting the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and CIBC's Run for the Cure initiative.
|TIPS FOR TYING YOUR HOCKEY SKATE LACES
Hockey skate laces are intended to secure your foot within the skate boot, creating a snug fit to make your foot and skate work together as a single unit. The techniques you use to lace your skates can have an impact on your performance and comfort during a game.
The first priority is to ensure you have the correct skate to fit your specific foot. The Source for Sports Pro-Formance Advantage Custom Fitting System
is designed to match your foot's volume, width, arch height, length and specific shape to a skate that will fit you comfortably. The right skate will maximize energy transfer from your body through the skate and blade, to power you through every move on the ice and decrease fatigue.
One of the most common issues that players have while wearing skates is called "lace bite." This is the pain on the top of the foot and is due to the pressure of the hockey laces as they cross this sensitive area. With a very easy and fast adaptation, you can lace your skates to minimize lace bite
and get back in the game.
Over time, your skate boot may stretch or give, and occasionally this can cause your heel to move around in the heel pocket of the skate. You don't want your heel to rise out of the boot, as this will cause loss of power and also blisters from the movement and friction. There is a specific way to tie your laces to keep your heel locked
in the heel pocket.
Depending on your position, height and weight, you may prefer a stronger forward flex to get you over the top of the skate. Do not lace to the top of the eyelets so that you can optimize forward leverage
KEEPING LACES TAUT
If you feel that you cannot keep the top eyelets tight around your ankle, there is a technique of lacing that runners often use to achieve the same results in their running shoes. This technique will keep the laces taut
before you finish tying the bow.
Ask our hockey professionals about skate fitting and tips on tying your skate laces, because we know our stuff. Find your local Source For Sports store here
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