LEAD, DEVELOP AND PROMOTE POSITIVE LIFELONG HOCKEY EXPERIENCES

BC HOCKEY Newsletter
January 7, 2016
In This Issue
COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE LIFE OF BELOVED HOCKEY PLAYER

MINOR HOCKEY WEEK

SCOTIABANK HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA COMES TO BC

FIRST SHIFT PROGRAM RETURNS TO GOLDEN FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR

BCIHL UNIVERSITY HOCKEY SHOWCASE KICKS OF JANUARY 15TH

WHISTLING AT WORK: SURREY OFFICIALS GO INTERNATIONAL

FIRST SHIFT LOOKS TO GET MORE KIDS INTO HOCKEY

COACH VS COACH GAME

JOIN US IN KAMLOOPS FOR THE 2016 IIHF WOMEN'S ICE HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

BC HOCKEY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

ARE YOU A SOURCE FOR SPORTS SUPER SPORT?
Events
IIHF WOMEN'S U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
January 8 - 15
St. Catharines, ON

PJHL ALL-STAR GAME
January 11
MIssion Leisure Centre

BCIHL UNIVERSITY HOCKEY SHOWCASE
January 15 - 17
Bill Copeland Centre
Burnaby

WHL OFFICIATING NIGHT - VANCOUVER GIANTS
January 16
Pacific Coliseum

CANUCKS MINOR HOCKEY WEEKEND
January 16 - 17
Rogers Arena

VIJHL ALL-STAR GAME
January 17
Victoria

MINOR HOCKEY WEEK IN BC
January 17 - 24

WHL OFFICIATING NIGHT - VICTORIA ROYALS
January 20
Save on Foods Memorial Arena

WHL OFFICIATING NIGHT - PRINCE GEORGE
January 23
CN Centre

MML SHOWCASE WEEKEND
January 23 - 24
Richmond Oval

ROGERS HOMETOWN HOCKEY
January 23 - 24
Whitehorse, YK

CJHL TOP PROSPECTS NIGHT
January 26
South Surrey Arena

WHL OFFICIATING NIGHT - KAMLOOPS BLAZERS
January 29
Sandman Centre

WHL OFFICIATING NIGHT - KELOWNA ROCKETS
January 30
Prospera Place

SCOTIABANK HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA
February 3 - 6
Kamloops

ROGERS HOMETOWN HOCKEY
February 13 - 14
New Westminster
February 20 - 21
Abbotsford

CANUCKS COACHING DAY IN BC
February 21
Rogers Arena

BC HOCKEY BOARD MEETING
February 27 - 28
Richmond

ROGERS HOMETOWN HOCKEY
February 27 - 28
Victoria

NW WARRIORS DIVISION 1 TOURNAMENT
March 4 - 6, 2016
Golden, BC

CANLAN CLASSIC TOURNAMENT
March 25-26, 2016
Vancouver, BC

2016 IIHF WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
March 28 - April 4, 2016
Kamloops, BC

CYCLONE TAYLOR CUP
April 7 - 10
Victoria, BC

WESTERN CANADIAN BANTAM CHAMPIONSHIP
April 
Okotoks, Alberta
In Other News
Minor Hockey Championship Task Group Announced

Bauer Goal Masks and Cages Recall

The Hockey Canada Network is Now Available

Second Date for First Strides Program

Canucks Minor Hockey Weekend

2016 Western Canadian Bantam Championship

Western Hockey League Officiating Nights

BC Players Named to Canada West for World Junior A Challenge
Upcoming Deadlines

MALE U15 & U16 STAFF APPLICATIONS
February 15, 2016

MALE U15 REGION CAMP REGISTRATION
March 11, 2016
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! 

Out with 2015 and onto a great 2016 and finish to this hockey season. Things are heating up around the BC Hockey as we prepare for Minor Hockey Week, Championships and many high performance events this spring.

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!
COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE LIFE OF BELOVED HOCKEY PLAYERcelebration

Saanich Minor Hockey Association (MHA) lost a smiling soul in a tragic accident over the holidays.  

Reid Kyfiuk was a 15 year old who was loved by his teammates throughout the years and was the kind of kid that always put a smile on your face. "He was an excellent hockey player with a lot of spunk and drive. He enjoyed every minute of his life and touched many people's lives in a positive way," commented one hockey mom.

Teammates played a Christmas Eve game of ball hockey in memory of their young friend. "We thought that he'd love having us all doing what he loved to do," said Leeland Soto, Kyfiak's teammate on the Saanich Braves Midget C5 team. "Get all the boys together and make sure that we are there for each other through this."

On December 29, 2015, Saanich MHA encouraged players, fans, friends and family to "Fill the Arena" at the Midget C5's first game since the accident occurred. Players wore their black jerseys while everyone else was in red.  A moment of silence was held to honour the young hockey player.

A memorial game will be scheduled in January.

"Our lives are better for knowing him," said Soto.

His death will leave a hole in the lives of his friends, but his energetic, love of life will shine on forever.

MINOR HOCKEY WEEKminorweek

Minor Hockey Week in BC is coming up January 17 - 24, 2016 and we have some excited things planned!

Why I Love Hockey Contest
Tell us why you love hockey for your chance to win some cool prizes! A winner will selected each day and featured on our social media channels. ENTER NOW

Fred Heslop Minor Hockey Awards
Know an outstanding volunteer? Nominate him/her for a Fred Heslop Minor Hockey Award. Nominations will open January 17, 2016 and winners will be announced during National Volunteer Week, April 10 - 16, 2016.

Canucks Minor Hockey Weekend
Want to play at Rogers Arena? Teams will have the chance to play against other teams of the same and age ability on January 16 - 17, 2016. Register your team for this once in a lifetime opportunity!

Penalty Free Challenge
Have a penalty free game during Minor Hockey Week and your team is eligible to win prizes! CLICK HERE for more information.
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CLICK HERE for more information on Minor Hockey Week.
SCOTIABANK HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA COMES TO BChockeyday

Scotiabank and Sportsnet bring the sixteenth edition of the celebrated hockey event to Canadians from February 3-6, 2016 in Kamloops, BC. Ron MacLean will host the festivities live from Kamloops throughout the 13-hour national broadcast, which will feature all seven (7) Canadian NHL teams in action.

Leading up to the event and national broadcast on Saturday, February 6, 2016, Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada festivities will begin on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, featuring grassroots events that highlight the city's deep love of hockey. The Western Hockey League (WHL), which includes the six (6) time league champions Kamloops Blazers, will also be celebrating its fiftieth anniversary in 2016.

Several NHL stars and sports commentators will attend select events over the four (4) day celebration including Mark Recchi, Darcy Tuckers, Trevor Linden, Wendel Clark, Corey Hirsch, Kirk McLean, Lanny McDonald, Mark Napier, Bryan Trottier, as well as Sportsnet's Cassie Campbell-Pascal, James Cybulski and Caroline Cameron.

Stay tuned for more special guests to be confirmed.

CLICK HERE for more information.
FIRST SHIFT PROGRAM RETURNS TO GOLDEN FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEARgolden

c/o The Golden Star

After an overwhelmingly positive response this past spring, Bauer and Hockey Canada have decided to bring its First Shift Program back to Golden in 2016. This is a rare opportunity for Golden to host the beginner hockey program in back-to-back years.

The First Shift Program, which gives children who have never played organized hockey before an opportunity to get their first exposure to the game, is made up of six (6) on ice sessions with professional instructors. The program sold out in Golden last year with 45 kids participating and that response enables Tyler Gulliford to champion its return for a second season.

"To go back to a small community twice is very, very rare because you can only get so many kids. I'm not expecting to sell out this year, but I would love to and that would be huge. It would put us on the map with Hockey Canada for sure if we sold out two (2) years in a row, said Gulliford.

Of the 45 kids who participated last year, at least 10 signed up to play with Golden Minor Hockey full-time this season, but even those who didn't, still benefited from having their own gear.

"We had a family of three (3) come out of Parson last year. They drove every Sunday....I know it's a long drive to come and play minor hockey for a full season, which they chose not to, but at least they have full gear and they can play in Parson on their rink," Gulliford added.

Registration for the First Shift Program will be done on a first come, first serve basis. More information can be found at www.firstshift.ca or by contacting gullifords@telus.net.
BCIHL UNIVERSITY HOCKEY SHOWCASE KICKS OFF JANUARY 15thbcihl
From January 15 - 17, 2016, the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) will host the inaugural BCIHL University Showcase in celebration of the league's 10th Anniversary. With six (6) games over three (3) days at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre in Burnaby, fans will have a great chance to see top university hockey up close and in person.

Tickets at the door are only $5 for students/children/seniors, and $10 for adults per game.

The event is designed to have a family-friendly atmosphere, and will feature a number of special events, contests and giveaways. The BCIHL will also be announcing the first induction class of the BCIHL "All Decade Team."

The BCIHL will be hosting a free Q&A session at 4:30pm on Saturday, January 16, 2016 during the first intermission of the EWU vs. UVIC game. Staff from all universities will field questions from parents, players and coaches on topics surrounding university athletics.  CLICK HERE to RVSP.

Please visit bcuniversityhockey.ca for more information.

BCIHL SHOWCASE SCHEDULE

Friday, January 15, 2016
4:00pmSelkirk College
Trinity Western University
7:00pm
Eastern Washington University
Simon Fraser University

Saturday, January 16, 2016
4:00pm
Eastern Washington University
University of Victoria
4:30pmQ&A Session
7:00pmSelkirk CollegeSimon Fraser University

Sunday, January 17, 2016
2:00pmSelkirk CollegeUniversity of Victoria
5:00pm
Eastern Washington University
Trinity Western University
WHISTLING AT WORK: SURREY HOCKEY OFFICIALS GO INTERNATIONALofficials

c/o The Now Newspaper

Mexico City doesn't sound like much of a hockey hotbed, but Mike Campbell is optimistic about the quality of play he'll see.

The Surrey hockey referee has been assigned to work the 2016 IIHF U20 Division III World Championship, a tournament in January that will include the top teen players of Mexico, Bulgaria, Iceland, Israel, New Zealand, South Africa and Turkey.
"It'll be cool to see the different teams at this tournament for sure, and how they play," Campbell said. "I'm sure it will be high caliber hockey, even though it's not the typical powerhouses involved."

Campbell and fellow Surrey product Nathan Van Oosten, a linesman, are among 20 Canadians assigned to officiate tournaments staged by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) this season. All 20 of the officials are products of the Hockey Canada Officiating Program.

Both Campbell and Van Oosten work games played by Western Hockey League (WHL) teams and also have previous experience working internationally. Last February, they found themselves together in Grenada, Spain, for the World University Games, and both earned the plump assignment of calling the final game of the two (2) week tournament.

"It was really exciting for me," enthused Campbell, 26, "because it was my first taste of international hockey, and it was great going to a different country, a different continent, seeing a different level of hockey."

A year earlier, Van Oosten scored work at a U20 Division I tourney in Dumfries, Scotland. This coming April, he'll be off to Grand Forks, North Dakota, for the World U18 Championships, along with referee Jeff Ingram, a Langley resident who share hockey roots in Surrey.

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FIRST SHIFT LOOKS TO GET MORE KIDS INTO HOCKEYfirstshift

 c/o Alberni Valley News

In mid-November, 36 boys and girls between the ages of six (6) and 10 had the chance to learn to play hockey for the first time at no cost to their families. The First Shift, a six (6) week program partnered with Bauer, Hockey Canada and the Alberni Valley Minor Hockey Association (MHA), is aimed at helping kids who have never tried the sport, to receive free gear and coaching.

Angela and Mike Cole were involved in both the coordination and coaching aspects and their two (2) girls participated.

"Last year (AVMHA) applied for it and this year I was new to town so I took it on as administrator and am happy that it was such a huge success," Cole said.

On the first day, the participants received gear to outfit themselves from head to tow. They rotated to various stations to be fitted with a helmet, stick, gloves and skates. "It was like Christmas," Cole said. "Those were some very happy kids."

Seven (7) representatives were there from Ontario and the program attracted 10 volunteer coaches, who also received equipment. "There was one (1) coach for every three (3) players," said Al McCulloch, AVMHA president. "That is staggering. They were able to receive extra tutelage because the coaches could concentrate on each player."

Cole's husband, Mike, was one of the volunteers and said he he was reminded of why he loves to coach kids. "When you are teaching kids who are just starting out, you can see them develop so fast and the rewards are immediate," he said. "When you go back to the grassroots and teach the basic skills, they pick it up."

The coaches started with the basics and by the last day, many were ready to sign up for more.

"Because they are so young, the learning curve is huge," Angela said. "There were some kids who had never stepped on the ice to some who were just learning to skate. Some went from not being able to stand, to stopping and skating backwards. We will hopefully get 36 new kids joining minor hockey."

Most will have to wait until next season, but Cole said she will fit them in with a pro-rated fee if there is space. "We will for sure get them on the ice," she said. Cole said her personal goal is to not only integrate these kids into minor hockey and onto teams, but establish an all-girls team with the teenagers who are playing now.

"We have 16 girls in Midget and Bantam, that is enough to have a team," she said. "Now they play with the boys with eight (8) on each team."

McCulloch said the First Shift Program could be a boost to player numbers in the local minor hockey system. "If they all sign up, we could have an increase of 10 percent," he said.

"It is a great program for our youth. They get to experience the game of hockey and it has opened doors for kids who have never had the chance to play."

Cole has applied to bring the program back to Port Alberni.
COACH vs COACH GAME coachgame

Coquitlam Minor Hockey Association (MHA) held two (2) Coach vs. Coach games in December to raise money and donations for SHARE Family and Community Services.  

Over 50 coaches stepped off the bench and onto the ice as players to entertain the crowd at Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex.

The local BC Hockey League (BCHL), Coquitlam Express was on hand to help weigh and load donations into the truck. Adam Bighill of the BC Lions was also there signing autographs.

In the end, Coquitlam MHA raised over 3,000 pounds of non-perishable food items.

Great work Coquitlam!







JOIN US IN KAMLOOPS FOR THE IIHF WOMEN'S ICE HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPSwomensworlds

Kamloops, Canada's Tournament Capital, is proud to be the host city for the 2016 IIHF Women's Ice Hockey World Championship, March 28, 2016 to April 4, 2016. Hosted at the Sandman Centre (formerly the Interior Savings Centre) in beautiful downtown Kamloops, the city will be alive with visitors from around the world, and we invite you!

This will mark the first time in the event's 26 year history that it will be held in British Columbia.  All 22 games will be held in Kamloops, split between the Sandman Centre and McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre. The competing eight (8) teams are Canada, Finland, Russia and the United States forming Group A, and the Czech Republic, Japan, Sweden and Switzerland making up Group B.

This will be the second major international women's hockey eent to be held in Kamloops in the span of 18 months.

CLICK HERE for more information
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