LEAD, DEVELOP AND PROMOTE POSITIVE LIFELONG HOCKEY EXPERIENCES
WORLD JUNIOR A CHALLENGE
December 13 - 19
IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
December 26 - January 5
December 26 - 31
FEMALE U14 & U16 ZONE CAMPS
January 1 - 3
January 7 - 8
IIHF WOMEN'S U17 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
January 8 - 15
St. Catharines, ON
PJHL ALL-STAR GAME
MIssion Leisure Centre
WHL OFFICIATING NIGHT - VANCOUVER GIANTS
CANUCKS MINOR HOCKEY WEEKEND
January 16 - 17
MINOR HOCKEY WEEK IN BC
January 17 - 24
WHL OFFICIATING NIGHT - VICTORIA ROYALS
Save on Foods Memorial Arena
WHL OFFICIATING NIGHT - PRINCE GEORGE
MML SHOWCASE WEEKEND
January 23 - 24
ROGERS HOMETOWN HOCKEY
January 23 - 24
CJHL TOP PROSPECTS NIGHT
South Surrey Arena
WHL OFFICIATING NIGHT - KAMLOOPS BLAZERS
WHL OFFICIATING NIGHT - KELOWNA ROCKETS
SCOTIABANK HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA
February 3 - 6
ROGERS HOMETOWN HOCKEY
February 13 - 14
February 20 - 21
CANUCKS COACHING DAY IN BC
BC HOCKEY BOARD MEETING
February 27 - 28
ROGERS HOMETOWN HOCKEY
February 27 - 28
NW WARRIORS DIVISION 1 TOURNAMENT
March 4 - 6, 2016
CANLAN CLASSIC TOURNAMENT
March 25-26, 2016
2016 IIHF WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
March 28 - April 4, 2016
MALE TEAM BC STAFF APPLICATIONS
December 31, 2015
FEMALE TEAM BC STAFF APPLICATIONS
January 3, 2016
MALE U15 & U16 STAFF APPLICATIONS
February 15, 2016
MALE U15 REGION CAMP REGISTRATION
March 11, 2016
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Goals are scored, the horn is ringing.
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All you hear, is the kids playing.
Laughs and shouts, while their skating.
They play really hard,
'Til their feet are so sore,
Skating on frozen pond of ice.
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|PORTRAITS OF CANADA'S 5th SEASON: PASSING IT DOWN
|ALDERGROVE KODIAKS "FILL THE NET" FOOD DRIVE
The owners, staff, players and volunteers of the Aldergrove Junior Hockey Club are helping the Aldergrove Food Bank by collecting food donations during their home games on December 9 and 16, 2015.
Anyone bringing a non-perishable food item to these games will receive $1.00 off the regular admission price. They will have a goal set up in the lobby at game for you to place your food item(s) in and, on completion, all food items will be taken to the Aldergrove Food Bank for distribution.
Come show your support for the Kodiaks and help you community!
|HAZELTON'S OUTDOOR RINK OFFERS BOTH HOCKEY, AND HOPE FOR THE FUTURE
c/o Global News
From coast to coast, family and friends are getting ready to set up backyard rinks for the winter. The same thing is happening in Hazelton, but this time it's not for a small group of people, it is for an entire community.
"It's been a very remarkable experience and it certainly has made us all aware of how important it is for the community to pull together for its own good," said Hazelton Mayor, Alice Maitland.
Over the past eight (8) months, this small community has seen its hockey rink condemned, the roof torn down and hundreds of children facing a winter with limited options close to home.
Today, they're skating on a refurbished outdoor rink.
In the shadows of an iconic mountain range, the Hazleton arena might be the prettiest outdoor rink in any town in Canada.
But it also might be the most important.
The 44-year history of the Ken Trombley Memorial Arena came to a sudden end on March 12, 2015 during a hockey practice for seven (7) and eight (8) years olds.
"It was quite a shock to literally be told to get off the ice and evacuate the building," said Ryneld Starr, president of Hazelton's Minor Hockey Association.
|BONDS FORGED IN BURNABY HOCKEY RINKS
c/o Burnaby Now
Sinan Ozgur lived in Canada for our (4) years before returning to his native Turkey in 2004. He started a family and returned west in 2010, settling in Burnaby.
By his own admission, he should've known the passion his adopted country had for hockey. But his time here alone hadn't afforded him first-hand experience of the game that's second nature to many Canadians.
"Just from the movies," he said, laughing, when I asked if he knew how much Canada loves its hockey.
Ozgur is now spending three (3) days a week at a rink, thanks to his son, Kuzey. Last year Kuzey took his first turn at hockey; after seeing how fun he had, Ozgur signed his son up for a second season.
"I just want to adapt him to Canadian life," says Ozgur. "In Turkey we play soccer all the time, not hockey, so I said 'why not, he's seven (7), he can play.' I'm not expecting him to be like a professional player but at least for future reference, it would be nice for him. Sometimes when we send him (somewhere) he complains, but he never does with hockey."
The Burnaby Minor Hockey Association had 10 international transfers last year, including players from non-traditional hockey countries such as Georgia, Iran and China. This year, it's working on transfers for players from South Korea and Kazakhstan.
When his family moved from China in 2012. Xudong Mou encouraged his eight (8) year old son Sirui to try as many sports as he liked before deciding on a favorite. Sirui has just started his second season of hockey.
"He had learned skating before, but had no experience with hockey," said Mou. "I still remember the first time Sirui played. He hardly touched the puck, but I always applauded when he did."
In Canada since 2012, Maryam Moghaddam says her family knew nothing about hockey before arriving from Iran. The interest her son, Seyed Sadra Hosseindoust, has in the sport quickly changed that.
"We now know all the rules and watching the game is the best fun for us," said Moghaddam.
That's saying a lot considering the position Sadra has taken a liking to.
"When he started skating, he had to try to control himself on the ice," she recalled. "He improved very fast. In his first game he was the goalie and he was good. His wish is to be a goalie in the NHL."
Whether it was a desire to help acclimatize to Canadian culture or to simply follow their friends that drew these kids to the rink, it's the game itself that's keeping them there.
|DAWSON CREEK FEMALE JAMBOREE
For the fourth consecutive year, young female hockey players in Dawson Creek had the opportunity to experience coaching from an Olympic level athlete.
Three (3) time Olympic Women's hockey gold medalist Becky Kellar spent a weekend in the northern town to teach players the ins and outs of female hockey.
Players participated in two (2) on-ice sessions, as well as some off-ice training from Deep Physio and a Zumba class.
On the Friday night, Kellar talked to the girls about her Olympic experience, her time in the Canadian Women's Hockey League and what opportunities are out there for female players today.
Judging by all the smiles, the girls had a blast!!
|BC PLAYERS CONTINUE TO SHINE AT INTERNATIONAL EVENTS
BC Hockey and Team BC claim talented alumni such as Curtis Lazar (Vernon), the Reinhart brothers (West Vancouver) and Sarah Potomak (Aldergrove) who have all shined at various events with Team Canada. This month, more BC players will continue make their mark at the international level.
Three (3) BC players have been invited to Canada's National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp, December 10 - 14, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario.
|Joe Hicketts||Kamloops||Victoria Royals|
|Noah Juulsen||Abbotsford||Everett Silvertips|
|Mathew Barzal||Coquitlam||Seattle Thunderbirds|
The final Team Canada roster will be named later this month ahead of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship which kicks off on December 26, 2015. The management team remains in contact with National Hockey League (NHL) clubs regarding eligible players who may be made available to join the team. So look for the possibility of more BC players heading to Finland.
From December 13 - 19, 2015 seven (7) BC players will skate with Canada West at the 2015 World Junior A Challenge in Cobourg and Whitby, Ontario.
|Bo Didur||West Vancouver||Langley Rivermen|
|Dante Fabbro||Whistler||Penticton Vees|
|Dennis Cholowski||Langley||Chilliwack Chiefs|
|Tyson Jost||Kelowna||Penticton Vees|
|Liam Finlay||Kelowna||Vernon Vipers|
|Blake Hayward||Vancouver||Coquitlam Express|
|Carter Turnbull||Nanaimo||Powell River Kings|
Ivana Bilic (Coquitlam) and Micah Hart (Saanichton) will represent Canada on the National Women's Development Team for the 2016 Nations Cup, January 4 - 7, 2016 in Fussen, Germany.
The 2016 IIHF U18 Women's World Championship will see Olivia Knowles (Campbell River) and Amy Potomak (Aldergrove) lace up with the National Women's U18 Team. The Tournament runs January 8 - 15, 2016 in St. Catharines, Ontario.
The Team Canada roster for the Spengler Cup, taking place December 26 - 31, 2015 in Davos, Switzerland, has yet to be announced. BC players Geoff Kinrade (Nelson), Brett McLean (Comox) and Byron Ritchie (North Delta) were part of Team Canada when they won gold in 2012.
So far, we will see at least 14 BC players skate with Team Canada at numerous international events over the next month.
Way to go guys and gals! We'll be rooting for you!
|OHA SHINES AT NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL EVENTS
Okanagan Hockey Academy (OHA) can already claim Team Canada alumni such as Curtis Lazar (Vernon/Ottawa Senators), Joe Hicketts (Kamloops/Victoria Royals), Micah Hart (Saanichton/Cornell University) and soon, a new wave of talent.
The academy had plenty of national and international talent at the World U17 Hockey Challenge and the Women's U18 National Championship, the most of any hockey school in Canada. In total, there were 13 current and former OHA players on rosters (6 alumni for U17's and 7 current players at women's U18, all of whom played for Team BC), a tremendous accomplishment for the sport school.
Michael Rasmussen (Surrey/Tri-City Americans) and Scott Walford (Coquitlam/Victoria Royals) laced up for Canada Black; Jordan Bellerive (North Vancouver/Lethbridge Hurricanes), Brendan Semchuk (Kamloops/Vancouver Giants) and Jonathan Smart (Kelowna/Kelown Rockets) played together on Canada Red and Griffin Mendel (Kelowna/Penticton Vees) won gold with Canada White.
Currently playing with OHA and represented Team BC on the women's side was Chloe Cook (Summerland), Miranda Gaudet (West Kelowna), Alex Gulstene (North Vancouver), Olivia Knowles (Campbell River), Alyssa MacMillan (Penticton), Alexandra Rempe (Penticton) and Cyan Roepcke (Victoria).
There's no question that the academy develops its players; but it's not just their hockey skills that the coaches and academy personnel engrain in their players. It goes beyond the game.
"Not only did I learn and work on my hockey skills, they also taught me about professionalism and helped me prepare for Junior hockey. Everything they've taught me has been so important," commented Walford, who won silver with OHA at the 2015 World Sport Challenge, won gold with OHA at the Kamloops Invitational Bantam Ice Hockey Tournament and was named OHA's Most Valuable Player in 2013-2014.
"The best advice that I've been given is to focus on the things that you can control. Your attitude, body language, class and work ethic are completely in your control and they are the best judgement of character," said Knowles. "Having a positive attitude will give you positive perspective on the things we cannot change."
"Not only are they learning hockey skills,but a main part is that we teach them how to take advantage of opportunities, what message do they want to send or what message are they sending. We are also teaching them and showing them what it means to be successful," said Dixon Ward, Vice President and Director, OHA.
As these players move on, Ward is excited to welcome the new crop of players to join the academy and credits players and alumni like these to help him out in return.
"We are only as good as those who have gone through our program. The alumni pave the way for the next generation of players," added Ward. "It's very important to create top notch players who not only represent the academy, but go on to bigger events, such as these, to represent their province and their country."
"The OHA really helped me achieve my goals and I have to continue to use what I learned to reach my next set," commented Walford.
"I will take away much more than just how to play hockey. The life lessons I've learned at OHA are ones that I will carry around with me for the rest of my life. Time management, hard work, commitment, respect, dedication and sacrifice are just a few," said Knowles.
|CARVING OUT HER OWN ICE DREAMS
c/o Hockey Canada
Morgan Skinner was only three (3) years old but she still remembers talking and waving at her mom and getting mad when her greeting was not being reciprocated.
Julie can easily be forgiven, as she was technically wasn't in the room at the time. She was more than 1,600 kilometers away, in Salt Lake City, Utah competing for Canada in curling at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
Morgan was at home in Victoria, watching on TV as her mom was on her way to winning a bronze medal.
Fast-forward 13 years, and it's the daughter who's now on the ice and mom proudly doing the cheering,
Morgan was one of the goaltenders for Team BC at the 2015 National Women's U18 Championship, the third time she represented the province. She played as an under-ager at the same event in 2013; played at the Canada Winter Games in February. Now 17, she's about the same age her mom was was when she started making a name for herself on the national stage.
Julie captured the 1986 and 1987 Canadian Junior Curling Championship, and the first-ever World Junior Curling Championship in 1988. She won the Tournament of Hearts in 1991. She won it again in 2000, as the most valuable player of the playof round, and followed it up with a world title. In between,she skipped Canada to a bronze medal at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games, where curling was a demonstration sport.
"The older I got the more I understood everything she went through," says Morgan. "As I started becoming a high-performance athlete and going through all the training myself, I understood more how much she's done and how much she's accomplished."
|SOURCE FOR SPORTS TIPS: NUTRITION ON THE ROAD DURING TOURNAMENTS
Are you required to travel for tournaments? Do you eat your meals in the car going or coming back from a game? In times like this, we often turn to convenience to find something that will fill us and keep us satisfied until we arrive at our destination. However, this could also mean compromising healthy nutrition with the easy access to fast foods and large restaurant portions. If not fueling or recovering properly, our mental and physical performance decline and we are more prone to fatigue. Therefore, we need to follow some simple steps to stay on track:
- Plan, prepare and carry portable foods and fluids or prepare simple meals at the destination accommodation
- Make optimal restaurant meal choices
Planning Portable Foods and Fluids
First things first, there is no problem with eating in restaurants on occasion, whether sit-down or fast-food. But we need to decide if this is because of pleasure or convenience, such as stopping by a drive-through to pick up a snack because we didn't bring one with us and we happen to be starving on our way home from a game. If often eating out of convenience, we should start thinking about planning our meals, snacks and fluids to avoid having to buy something we may not even enjoy. In this section, you will find everything you need to know about planning your meals, snacks and drinks when on the road, either for a short time or during long-distance travel.
Planning starts before arriving at our destination. In order to bring the right foods and time our meals appropriately, we need to know about cooking arrangements at the hotel (kitchenette, available appliances), hotel restaurant times and restaurants close by. Some questions to ask include:
- Are breakfasts available and at what time? Which foods are served?
- Are there kitchenette units available and what dishware and cookware are included?
- Are there fridges, freezers and/or microwaves in the hotel room?
- Which restaurants are situated near the hotel?
Once we know what to expect, we can prepare our meals and snacks accordingly. Athletes, especially hockey players who burn a lot of calories on the ice should be eating every two (2) to four (4) hours to top off energy levels before a game. Therefore, skipping a meal because they didn't have access to food and drinks can negatively impact their performance.
In general, when trying to plan a meal, athletes should aim to include as many as the four (4) food groups as possible to support top performance and optimal recovery. The foods groups are fruits and vegetables, meats and alternatives, dairy products and grain products. As a rule of thumb, a meal should include 3-4 food groups, while a snack includes 2-3 food groups. Careful planning may be necessary to bring foods to complement restaurant meals that don't offer all foods, such as fruit and vegetables.
Therefore, here are some ideas on portable foods to bring either as a meal or to complete our day:
Non-perishable portable foods: dried fruit, dried fruit bars, trail mix, nuts, juice boxes, sports drinks, fruit cups, applesauce, dry cereal, cereal/sport/energy/protein bars, crackers, canned tuna, baked beans or prepared chili with a flip top lid, peanut butter sandwiches.
Portable foods that require a cooler of fridge: boiled eggs, yogurt, cheese, sandwiches, wraps, raw vegetables, pasta/rice/bean salads, nut butters, regular and chocolate milk, fresh fruit
Utensils: Pack microwave-safe dishes (bowl, plate), cutlery, a resuable water bottle, a can opener and a paring knife for use in your hotel room
Did you know that you can still cook a nutritious meal with only a fridge, freezer and microwave in your hotel room? It does require some creativity, but the microwave can be used to cook oatmeal, eggs and vegetables.
And don't forget fluids, especially water, lower fat milk, 100% fruit juice and sports drinks.
To ensure high performance, meals and snacks should be low in fat, high in carbohydrates (whole grains, fruits and vegetables, milk and yogurt) with a moderate amount of protein (meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products, legumes and tofu). To make sure we obtain the right proportion on nutrients, we should respect the following basic rules:
- Keep portions small. Portion sizes at restaurants are usually bigger than what you would normally eat at home. Share a large meal with a friend, order only an appetizer, get the kids size meal or ask to take leftovers home. Don't go to a restaurant hungry either, as this often leads to eating larger portions. Have a healthy snack before heading there.
- Pick nutrition over value. Avoid special super-sized meal combinations simply because it is a good deal, because all it does is add extra fat, calories, sugar and/or salt, which all reduce performance.
- Make smart menu selections. Order foods that have been steamed, baked, broiled, grilled, stir-fried or roasted. The hidden calories add up quickly when food is fried, deep-fired, breaded or served with rich sauces and gravies.
- Ask for vegetables. Stay fuller longer with the added vegetables. Substitute your fries with vegetables or salad. If possible, ask for the dressing on the side.
- Look for ways to boost your fibre intake. Ask if they offer whole wheat or whole grain bread, tortilla wraps, pasta or pizza crust.
- Drink water, low-fat milk or 100% fruit juice instead of soft drinks. If you drink alcohol, limit it to one (1) or two (2) drinks for the day.
- Remember that healthy eating is about balance and enjoying your food. If you happened to overindulge in a meal, then plan on choosing some healthier choices over the next few days.
- Many restaurants post their menu and nutrition information online or at the restaurant. Surf the restaurant's website ahead of time to look for healthier options that are lower in fat, sugar and sodium.
In brief, with proper planning, it is possible for any athlete on he road to make good food choices which will lead to better results during the game. Source For Sports can help you plan for your tournament - see our professionals at your local store
Note: The information included is based on the best available evidence at the time and may not be applicable for all athletes. Please consult your local dietitian to get personalized advice.
Zeina is a registered dietitian-nutritionist working with Source For Spots and is part of l'Ordre professionnel des dietetistes du Quebec. She currently works at Le Fitness Loft Kinesiology Clinic in Dorval where she consults an active clinentele that desires to change their lifestyle habits, whether it is to lose weight, increase muscle mass, improve performance or simply live healthier. Zeina has a passion for teaching and conveying her knowledge about overall healthy eating habits and makes sure her client received personalized recommendations based on their lifestyle and preferences.
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