LEAD, DEVELOP AND PROMOTE POSITIVE LIFELONG HOCKEY EXPERIENCES
SCOTIABANK HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA
February 3 - 6
ROGERS HOMETOWN HOCKEY
February 13 - 14
New Westminster, BC
ROGERS HOMETOWN HOCKEY
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
ROGERS HOMETOWN HOCKEY
March 12 - 13
BC HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS
March 13 - 18
CANUCKS FEMALE JAMBOREE
March 18 - 20
March 22 - 26
CANLAN CLASSIC TOURNAMENT
March 25 - 26
BC HOCKEY FEMALE CHAMPIONSHIPS
March 27 - 29
March 27 - 29
2016 IIHF WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
March 28 - April 4
MALE U15 REGION CAMPS
April 1 - 3
CYCLONE TAYLOR CUP
April 7 - 10
April 11 - 16
FEMALE U16 IDENTIFICATION CAMP
April 13 - 17
Salmon Arm, BC
April 18 - 24
April 19 - 25
MALE U16 BC CUP
April 20 - 24
Salmon Arm, BC
WESTERN CANADIAN BANTAM CHAMPIONSHIP
BRANCH COORDINATORS APPLICATIONS
February 10, 2016
MALE U15 & U16 STAFF APPLICATIONS
February 15, 2016
MALE U15 REGION CAMP REGISTRATION
March 11, 2016
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|COUNTDOWN ON FOR HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA
The annual celebration of hockey in Canada will take place in Kamloops from February 3 - 6, 2016, with family-friendly activities and events Wednesday to Saturday and an all-day live NHL broadcast featuring all seven (7) Canadian teams wrapping up Scotiabank Hockey Day.
This year's festivities are headlined by a series of hockey-themed events to encourage fans of all ages to celebrate our nation's favorite pastime. The event will be televised from Kamloops in a 13-hour national broadcast featuring five (5) NHL games, hosted by Hockey Night in Canada favorites Ron MacLean and Don Cherry, as well as other Sportsnet personalities and NHL alumni. The Stanley Cup and CHL Memorial Cup will also be making several appearances throughout the community.
Several NHL stars and sports commentators will be attending select events over the four (4) day celebration including: Mark Recchi, Darcy Tucker, Trevor Linden, Wendel Clark, Corey Hirsch, Lanny McDonald, Kirk McLean, Mark Napier, Bryan Trottier, Cassie Campbell-Pascall, James Cybulski and Caroline Cameron from Sportsnet.
A number of other free, local community activities are also taking place throughout the area including:
- an opening ceremony at Sun Peaks
- public viewings of the Stanley Cup and Memorial Cup
- school visits
- minor hockey clinics
- youth road hockey tournament
- live broadcast on site with Ron MacLean
- NHL alumni autograph sessions
- free merchandise
- Kamloops Blazers pre-game party
On Thursday, February 4, 2016 the Tournament Capital Centre is hosting a Celebrity Luncheon with special guests Don Cherry, Ron MacLean, Trevor Linden and NHL alumni.
The WHL Fiftieth Season Pro Am game takes place on February 4, 2016 at 7:30pm. Watch NHL and WHL alumni in a fun, family-oriented game, including such names as Lanny McDonald, Mark Recchi, Darcy Tucker, Wendel Clark, Mark Napier and Kirk McLean.
Musical guests Dave Bidini and Bidini Band, Tom Wilson, Barney Bentall, Amelia Curran, Craig Northey, Bryan Trottier and Lindy Vopnfjord join host Ron MacLean for The Music of Hockey on Friday, February 5, 2016 at the Sandman Centre.
Finally, the Kamloops Blazers host the Edmonton Oil Kings on Saturday, February 6, 2016.
|YUKON HOCKEY BASKS IN NATIONAL TV SPOTLIGHT
c/o Whitehorse Star
It was quite the weekend.
Yukon's hockey community was thrust into the country's limelight one Sunday afternoon, courtesy of a Rogers Hometown Hockey stop in Whitehorse.
Local hockey stories were broadcast to a national audience during an NHL game between the Calgary Flames and Carolina Hurricanes, with hundreds of fans gathering at Front Street and Steele Street to whoop it up in the shadow of fan-favourite host Ron MacLean.
The former Hockey Night in Canada mainstay told the Star that returning home is always special. "The skate at the Hillcrest community rink was an incredible highlight," he said of the weekend. "It was just a very inspirational 48 hours, I must say."
MacLean's visit to his childhood rink included members of the local Atom development hockey team, coached by Derek Johnstone - who played under current Toronto Maple Leafs Head Coach Mike Babcock with the Red Deer College Kings in 1988.
A pre-game visit to the dressing rooms of both the Whitehorse Huskies and Powell River Regals at Takhini Arena Saturday night was also "a real treat," said MacLean.
Former NHL stars Darcy Tucker and Geoff Sanderson were also in town for the weekend.
Tucker, a longtime Maple Leafs sparkplug, had never before visited the territory, despite playing alongside Yukon hockey star Jarrett Deuling with the WHL Kamloops Blazers.
"We played on the same line together for a full season," Tucker said of Deuling, who was later drafted to the NHL. "He was a great captain. I couldn't say enough good things about Jarrett, the type of person he was and what he brought to our locker room."
Tucker and Deuling twice won the Memorial Cup - Junior hockey's top prize - with the Blazers in the early '90's.
|FIRST STRIDES EVENTS A HIGHLIGHT FOR PLAYERS AND COACHES
The Canucks Centre for BC Hockey, in partnership with the Vancouver Canucks and BC Hockey, hosted two (2) First Strides events at Rogers Arena on December 4, 2015 and January 8, 2016. Over 125 Initiation and Novice minor hockey players and 10 Lower Mainland coaches hit the ice for a couple fun evenings of practice, skill development, smiles and laughs.
The BC Hockey coaches organized and ran drills in the four (4) stations in the corners for all the kids. They worked alongside Vancouver Canucks Alex Auld, Jared McCann and Lucas Sbisa, and with the help of Canucks Centre for BC Hockey and Alumni Liasson, Rod Brathwaite, delivered an on-ice session that was memorable for everyone involved.
"With the support from BC Hockey, First Strides continues to be a great opportunity for young minor hockey players to visit Rogers Arena, make some new friends and learn new skills," said Brathwaite.
Being on the ice where the kids' hockey idols play was one of the biggest highlights. Sometimes they were more focused on waving at their parents in the stands than catching a pass or taking a shot! They were in awes, but it wasn't just the players - for the hockey crazed coaches, they enjoyed every minute of it as well.
"For a hockey nut like me, the experience was amazing! I was in heaven," commented Kevin Gray, First Strides coach and also Head Coach of the New Westminster Bantam C1 Royals. "The kids were in awe of Rogers (Arena), but let's be honest, so was I! The experience of skating around the ice for the first time with the kids was something I won't forget."
"I have to say, walking down the Canucks tunnel was quite impressive," added Gray. "Being on the ice with the kids shooting, passing and skating thinking 'this is where the NHL'ers play' was surreal. Then looking into the seats or rafters and seeing the legends that are retired was unreal too. It was just awesome to be out there soaking it all up."
BC Hockey chatted with minor hockey player Owen Tripp from the Sunshine Coast Novice C1 Leafs after the event:
BC Hockey: What was your favorite part of the event?
Owen: The awesome drills and meeting Jared McCann were my favorite. He (McCann) told me that Finn (Canucks mascot) is kind of clumsy and gets carried away.
BC Hockey: Who is your favorite Canuck?
Owen: It's too hard to decide on just one! I'd say Ryan Miller and Jared McCann.
BC Hockey: What did you learn at First Strides?
Owen: I learned some great tips about crossovers.
BC Hockey: What do you love most about hockey?
Owen: That's to hard to answer! I love everything about hockey!
So do we Owen!
"I had a blast! Would do it all over again in a heartbeat!" added Gray.
Check out all the great shots taken at the First Strides events by CLICKING HERE
|SISTERS GIVING BACK TO SPORT THROUGH THE BC WINTER GAMES
c/o Penticton Western News
Having experienced the rush of being athletes at multi-sport events, sisters Alexandra and Stephanie Rempe are now getting a look from the other side.
The Okanagan Hockey Academy (OHA) female prep team players are volunteering their time to Food Services for the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games, February 25 - 28, 2016.
"We have been given so many opportunities - playing for the OHA, we are going to go to university to play hockey, we have a strong family that made sure we always had enough - that we can't wait to volunteer our time to help others," said Stephanie, who is committed to Brown University, along with her sister next year. "In sport, you often see where the athletes are now, but seeing where they start out is special. You can see the passion in young athletes. After spending hours training, you sometimes lose what you love about your sport, but watching these young athletes, you can't help but smile. It reminds me of what sport is all about and those kind of moments, and helping others, are what volunteering is all about."
At 13 years old, the twins competed at the Alberta Winter Games, bringing home a bronze medal. Fast-forward to 2015 and Alexandra competed for Team BC in hockey at the Canada Winter Games held in Prince George. Replacing the National Women's U18 Championship every four (4) years, the Canada Winter Games highlights the future of the woman's game in a province versus province showdown for a gold medal.
Despite being 17, the Rempe twins understand what it takes to put on such big events.
"I couldn't even imagine what the events we have participated in would have been like without the volunteer support. It would have been terrible," said Alexandra. "At the Canada Winter Games there were so many volunteers and it was so helpful and inspiring."
|MINOR HOCKEY WEEKEND PARTICIPANTS AND FANS HAD A BLAST
The Canucks Centre for BC Hockey, in partnership with the Vancouver Canucks and BC Hockey, hosted Minor Hockey Weekend at Rogers Arena on January 16-17, 2016. Over 600 minor hockey players and coaches lived out their dream of playing hockey where their idols have played.
The Canucks did an awesome job making these kids feel like they were National Hockey League (NHL) stars.
Vancouver Canucks in-house announcers, Al Murdoch and John Ashbridge, were in the broadcast booth calling the games just like they would for any home game at Rogers Arena, welcoming both teams and announcing goals and assists. Camera men were on site, capturing each moment of the games from all different angles. Replays of goals and plays were shown on the jumbotron where the players just watched in awe. Before the games, at intermission and following each match, Canucks TV personalities were on the ice interviewing players and coaches, broadcasting each one live on the big screen. Some were more comfortable and chatty than other.
When asked what it's like to play at Rogers Arena, one player just stared at the camera with a wide grin and said "awesome!" He had no other words.
The teams entered the arena through the visitor's tunnel and the looks on every face were priceless - huge smiles, dropped jaws, big eyes. "Whoa" (an exaggerated, drawn out whoa) was probably the most used as the players stepped on the ice.
Once players realized that live video clips and replays were being played on the big screen, they were tapping each other, pointing up and staring at the jumbotron. A few even missed their shift change!
Following each game, players and coaches were guided down the Canucks tunnel and given a tour of their dressing room - the only round one in the NHL. "This is the coolest thing I've ever seen," one minor hockey player exclaimed in excitement.
Parents, grandparents, siblings, cousins and friends filled the stands for each game, some even bringing signs and drums to cheer on their favorite player and team.
"That's my son! That's him! On the big screen," one mom said loudly as she snapped pictures of the jumbotron.
With over 650 applications from teams around BC and the Yukon, Minor Hockey Weekend continues to attract more and more participants and the event continues to grow.
"Minor Hockey Weekend is quickly growing into an initiative that every minor hockey team in the province wants to be a part of," commented Canucks Centre for BC Hockey and Alumni Liaison, Rod Brathwaite. "With the support of BC Hockey and the Vancouver Canucks, the program continues to impress."
There were seven (7) games per day, which saw 28 teams play over the two (2) days.
Minor Hockey Weekend is such a fun event and BC Hockey looks forward to building on this popular weekend for years to come. Thank you and high fives to everyone involved!
to check out some of the pictures. CLICK HERE
to see more on the BC Hockey Facebook page.
|HOCKEY DAD NEEDS HELP PUTTING ON OUTDOOR TOURNAMENT FOR SICKKIDS FOUNDATION
It's Canada's national passion and everyone deserves to play - that's the spirit and the motivation behind the Winter Classic, an outdoor hockey tournament held on Apex Mountain, near Penticton, to raise important funds for the SickKids Foundation.
"This year, the tournament is happening during the Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada in Kamloops (February 6, 2016)," explains event organizer Yannick Lescardeau, who manages the Kelowna Minor Hockey Atom Development B team.
The fundraising tournament pits the Kelowna team against teams from West Kelowna, Penticton, Langley, Richmond and Vancouver over the weekend of February 5 - 8, 2016. There are five (5) games per day.
"An experience that will never be forgotten," said one Williams Lake hockey mom.
"Best weekend ever," a West Kelowna hockey dad claimed.
"This year we had teams as far away as Portland and Fort St. John submit registration requests," said Lescardeau. "We unfortunately had to turn teams down. There's such a demand for tournaments like this. They are unique and affordable for teams since we just want to cover our costs, turning as much profit over the foundation as possible."
Heading into its second year, the Annual Outdoor Winter Classic has raised over $10,000 and looks to make that over $20,000 by the conclusion of this year's tournament.
"Last year we raised $10,000 and it taught all our kids a sense of responsibility and developed their awareness of others that are not as fortunate as they are," he added.
This year will also feature a friendly match with some kids with autism, Down Syndrome and other physical and cognitive disabilities. The game is scheduled for Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 12:00pm at Apex Mountain.
The Winter Classic is still seeking corporate and media support for the event to cover fixed costs such as ice rental and referees, the two (2) main expenses which totals approximately $3,500.
"The bottom line is, the more money we raise from corporate donations, the more we can turn over to SickKids," Lescardeau said. "We have sponsors that have been kind to donate the smaller items like goodie bags, speakers and trophies, but these big expenses put a dent in just how much we can give back."
Online donations are also being accepted. Any donation over $20 gives the donor a tax receipt. Please visit the website
if you are interested in making a monetary donation to the Winter Classic and SickKids or if you would like more information.
|MAPLE RIDGE HOCKEY FAMILY NEEDS SUPPORT
c/o Maple Ridge News
It's not a competition Brenda Chmiliar wanted to enter. But what choice did she have?
The Maple Ridge mother entered an online essay contest that could result in a potentially life-saving treatment for her husband, Jayme, who is battling cancer.
The Chmilar family has been involved in the Ridge Meadows Minor Hockey Association (MHA) for several years. Both sons, Jackson and Nicholas, currently play for the Bantam Tier 1 squad and Midget Tier 2 A2 teams, respectively. Brenda has helped out her son's teams in recent years as team manager and Jayme assisted as a team safety person.
"Sarcomatoid Myoepiyhelial Carcinoma - that is what the doctor called it, the mass that has taken residence in my husband's head," she wrote.
"We couldn't pronounce it and little did we know that it would be the pivotal center of our loves going forward. It overshadows every day and pretty much everything we do."
"They say that cancer isn't contagious, but we are all feeling the symptoms and it has even began spreading outside our family into our circle of friends. No one other than my husband is going to show an active PETscan, but that does not mean that what we are feeling is not caused from my husband's cancer.
"We know as well that we are not the only family learning to deal with all of this, but it doesn't make it any easier. We are all collectively confused, scared and completely lost."
The cancer has become Stage 4 Metastasis, spreading to his lymph nodes and his lungs.
Brenda's essay about the uncertainty of the situation has struck a cord with family, friends and people in the community.
"It isn't my best work. I just put it out there. I tried," she said.
If she succeeds, her husband could be eligible to receive an alternative cancer treatment. The BX Protocol isn't available through, or covered by the BC Health Care System, and a treatment starts at $17,000.
Brenda is not yet convinced that it is effective, but Jayme is willing to try - as long as it doesn't put his family into heavy debt.
She learned about the BX Protocol contest through social media. The BX Protocol claims to be able to treat all cancer, because it targets the so-called stealth bacterium found in cancer cells, and found to be causative agent in all malignancies.
This offers hope to the Chmilar family.
"What qualifies him to receive a scholarship? Nothing more than anyone else who has entered this contest, in dire need of help and hope where all other avenues have been stripped away. He is a father, a husband, a brother, an uncle, a friend like every other candidate that has been dealt with this awful hand. He doesn't think he is any more deserving either, and if it was not for us, I think he would have accepted his fate and conceded long ago. He wants to be here for our two (2) boys, and for me, so he carries on despite having difficulty swallowing and breathing, as the tumor has taken up so much space it is squeezing his throat."
The response has been overwhelming from "an amazing amount of people" she said. "We had really kept my husband's illness to ourselves. When people learned about it, support for our family and the contest just kind of 'exploded!'
"Part of it is just Maple Ridge, and the people we've come into contact through our kids sports and things like that, have really rallied around us. It's a great community."
"He's a trooper. He goes with it. Every new thing - he deals with it on his own."
Brenda wants to win the contest for him. "It would be fantastic just to have another choice."
If life-saving treatment is being given away, like a vacation cruise, in the name of promotion, the irony is not lost on her.
"It is heartbreaking that in this competition, all of the losers will probably meet the same fate; they will not just lose the contest, but they will probably lose their lives," Brenda wrote.
To read Brenda's full essay and to vote for Jayme, please CLICK HERE
|ANCHORED IN HOCKEY HISTORY
c/o Kamloops This Week
Every net in the National Hockey League (NHL) has its roots in Kamloops.
The Tournament Capital is home of the Marsh Flexible Goal Peg System, the place where Kamloops' Fred Marsh received and tested the polyurethane net anchors before packaging and shipping them to all 30 NHL arenas.
Conceived by Marsh more than 30 years ago, the Marsh Pegs secure hockey net in ice rinks worldwide. The revolutionized player safety in Canada's game - stiff enough to hold nets in place when bumped or pushed on, by flexible enough to allow them to come loose when players went crashing at high speeds.
"I just sit back and I know that nobody is going to get hurt," Marsh says in his Kamloops home, the original Marsh Pegs, now a little faded and brittle, mounted in a shadow box on the table next to him.
"I just think, 'Wow, I did that.'"
The Marsh Flexible Goal Peg System has humble beginnings, despite the international fame that it and its 81-year-old founder eventually garnered.
Marsh, who at the time managed recreation facilities in Kitimat, was only looking to improve safety in the two (2) rinks in the Northern BC municipality.
Before the Marsh Pegs came along, Kitimat, along with other small-town rinks worldwide, were freezing hockey nets directly into the ice surface. A wobbly Atom or a high-flying Midget would be met with an immovable object if they went sliding into a post.
|RICHMOND RCMP & COMMUNITY HELP SIX YEAR OLD BOY WITH HOCKEY DREAMS
c/o RCMP website
Constable Gurch Bharaj of the Richmond RCMP was investigating a break and enter (B&E) to a residence in Richmond on October 26, 2015. Of the items that were stolen, one stood out - a hockey bag containing equipment belonging to six (6) year old Grant Chen. This bag had special meaning for Grant; the bag not only symbolized his love of the game, but also community spirit, as it was graciously donated by the folks from Richmond Minor Hockey Association (MHA).
"Hockey has a profound meaning for many of the officers at the Richmond Detachment. The lifelong love of the game began with our fondest childhood memories," says Corporal Dennis Hwang.
"Something resonated inside Constable Bharaj and he took it upon himself to make things right. No Grinch was going to ruin those memories for Grant. Our officer was able to replace some of the hockey equipment out of his own pocket. Additional gear was donated by Constable Geroge Kapaclis of the West Vancouver Police Department (WVPD). Finally Chris Blanchette, Manager of Canadian Tire in Ironwood Plaza, stepped up in a big way," added Hwang.
Constable Bharaj presented the hockey bag and gear to Grant, an early Christmas present if you will. Grant's smile was an early present for them as well. His faith is people was restored.
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