LEAD, DEVELOP AND PROMOTE POSITIVE LIFELONG HOCKEY EXPERIENCES

BC HOCKEY Newsletter
March 10, 2016
In This Issue
SOUTH OKANAGAN TEAMS ALL SMILES AT COACHING DAY IN BC

HOCKEY DREAM COMES TRUE FOR 11 YEAR OLD VICTORIA BOY

EXPERIENCE 'ABSOLUTELY AMAZING'

AMERICAS MASTERS GAMES: VANCOUVER 2016

SURREY HOCKEY STAR TAKES TOP PRIZE AT RBC TRAINING GROUND

HOCKEY CANADA SKILLS CAMP - LIKE SCHOOL MEETS BUT ON ICE

EMOTIONAL MEMORIAL FOR LONG-TIME PENTICTON VEES FAN
Events
ROGERS HOMETOWN HOCKEY
March 12 - 13
Penticton, BC

BC HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS
March 13 - 18
Various Locations

CANUCKS FEMALE JAMBOREE
March 18 - 20
Burnaby, BC

COY CUP
March 22 - 26
Terrace, BC

CANLAN CLASSIC TOURNAMENT
March 25 - 26
Vancouver, BC

VANCOUVER GIRLS TRY-IT EVENT
March 26
Killarney Arena

BC HOCKEY FEMALE JAMBOREE
March 26 - 27
Kelowna, BC

BC HOCKEY FEMALE CHAMPIONSHIPS
March 27 - 29
Kamloops, BC

WESTERN SHIELD
March 27 - 29
Kamloops, BC

ESSO FUN DAY
March 28
Vernon, BC

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

ESSO FUN DAY
March 29
Salmon Arm, BC

MML GREATER VANCOUVER CANADIANS SPRING ID CAMP
March 29 - April 7
Olympic Oval

SKILLS SESSIONS
March 30
Kamloops, BC

FEMALE OFFICIATING WORKSHOP
March 31
Salmon Arm, BC

COACHES HOT STOVE
March 31
Kamloops, BC

BC HOCKEY FEMALE JAMBOREE
April 1 - 2
100 Mile House, BC

MALE U15 REGION CAMPS
April 1 - 3
Various Locations 

CYCLONE TAYLOR CUP
April 7 - 10
Victoria, BC

MML NORTH ISLAND SILVERTIPS SPRING ID CAMP
April 8 - 10
Oceanside Arena

ALLAN CUP
April 11 - 16
Steinbach, MB

FEMALE U16 IDENTIFICATION CAMP
April 13 - 17
Salmon Arm, BC

PERFORMING UNDER PRESSURE - DEVELOPING MENTAL TOUGHNESS
April 15
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TELUS CUP
April 18 - 24
Quispamsis, NB

ESSO CUP
April 19 - 25
Weyburn, SK

MALE U16 BC CUP
April 20 - 24
Salmon Arm, BC

MML FRASER VALLEY THUNDERBIRDS SPRING ID CAMP
April 28 - May 1
Centre Ice

WESTERN CANADIAN BANTAM CHAMPIONSHIP
April 
Okotoks, AB

KEYSTONE CUP
Regina, SK

FEMALE U18 INVITATIONAL SELECTION CAMP
May 18 - 22
Lake Cowichan, BC
In Other News
MML Spring Identification Camp Registration

UBC Women's Hockey Team Makes Program History

Nominations for BC Hockey Board of Directors

Female U18 Team BC Staff Announcement

BC Players Claim Silver at 2016 Youth Olympic Winter Games

Summer Officiating School Applications Available

Instructors Needed for 2016 Summer Officiating Schools

Western Branches Announce Alternate Season Program Offering

2016 Penalty Free Challenge Winners

Canucks Female Jamboree

Saanich Minor Hockey Association Seeking Rep Coaches

Giving Young Minor Hockey Officials a Look Behind the Whistle at WHL Officiating Nights

Registration Open for BC Hockey Annual General Meeting

2016-2017 Hockey Canada Program of Excellence Support Staff Applications Now Available

BC Hockey Coordinator Applications

Officiating is a Family Affair

BC Hockey and Hockey Canada Present "Road to Worlds"

Coaching Day in BC

First Strides Events a Highlight for Players and Coaches

Minor Hockey Weekend Participants and Fans Had a Blast

2016-2017 Female Midget AAA Team Staff Applications

2016-2017 Major Midget League Team Staff Applications


Upcoming Deadlines

SAANICH MHA REP COACH APPLICATIONS
March 11, 2016

MALE U15 REGION CAMP REGISTRATION
March 11, 2016

BC HOCKEY BOARD OF DIRECTORS NOMINATIONS
April 12, 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.
Can you believe that we are almost at the end of the hockey season? With Championships right around the corner, BC and the Yukon are buzzing with excitement! Then Kamloops will be welcoming hockey fans and players from around the globe as they host the 2016 Women's World Championship. What a March and end to the season!

Make sure to follow BC Hockey on social media for all the Championship updates and share your pictures! #BCHockeyChamp All scores and schedules can be found on the BC Hockey website or mobile app.


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!
SOUTH OKANAGAN TEAMS ALL SMILES AT COACHING DAY IN BCCOACHINGDAY

The players, coaches and parents of the South Okanagan Pee Wee and Bantam teams were full of smiles and bouncing of the walls of Rogers Arena as they arrived for Coaching Day in BC.  The excitement had been building for weeks once they received the news that they would be participating in the days events.

The teams hit the ice where their idols play almost everyday to showcase drills to the coaches that were taking part in the seminar from the stands.  

"That was awesome!" one player said as he left the ice.

The team then watched the Canucks and the Avalanche take the ice for their pre-game skate. Those kids were lucky that day! After the Canucks skate, Jake Virtanen tossed his stick over the glass right into the hands of a South Okanagan Pee Wee player whose jaw dropped to the floor as he turned around to show everyone.  He was stunned as he pumped it in the air.

And, just before the Av's headed off the ice, Patrick Roy skated from the crease and tossed his stick over into another players hands!  He was ecstatic and couldn't help to sport a massive grin from ear to ear.

"The BC Hockey coaches were incredible to work with and to Rod with the Canucks, thank you for your patience and your guidance through all this," said Daryn Pottinger, South Okanagan Bantam coach. "We are very grateful for the generosity of BC Hockey and the Vancouver Canucks."
HOCKEY DREAM COMES TRUE FOR 11 YEAR OLD VICTORIA BOYDACIAN
Dacian Filipescu thought he was he was attending his local Junior B game for Fan Appreciation Night, but the real reason he was there was a huge shock and surprise for the young hockey fan.

Dacian and his family were welcomed to centre ice by the Peninsula Panthers to take part in the ceremonial puck drop and receive a jersey of his home team.  To Dacian's amazement, he was surprised with a trip to Edmonton to see his all-time favorite hockey team play.  The diehard Oilers fan and his family flew to Edmonton to take in two (2) games, a morning skate and few other surprises, including meeting idols Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Matt Hendricks.

Dacian has duschenne muscular dystrophy, a rapidly progressive form of muscular dystrophy, but he has not let his condition diminish his love of sports. He has a keen interest in playing baseball, football, soccer, basketball and especially, hockey.

Part of being an big Oilers fan (he was born in Edmonton) is playing the game he loves so much to watch. He plays on a team with the South Island Ravens, a team made up of kids with various challenges who are not able to participate on mainstream teams. Many volunteers make this team happen, but Dacian wanted to acknowledge Olivia, the young lady behind his chair who pushes his chair on the ice and helps him experience his beloved game.

"This was such a thrill for us. We are overwhelmed that this happened and by the generosity of everyone involved," said Delia Filipescu, Dacian's mother. "It meant so much to Dacian because he knows that due to his condition, he won't be able to play sports or even walk in the future."

The surprise and trip of a lifetime was made possible by Help Fill a Dream Foundation, a foundation the provides hope, help and happiness for Vancouver and Gulf Islands children with life-threatening conditions. They fulfills dreams, improve quality of life and assist families with care and financial support.

"What Canadian child has not dreamed of seeing their favorite hockey team play? Help Fill a Dream was very excited to make Dacian's dream come true. We believe that dreams can change lives and that happiness heals," said Help Fill a Dream Executive Director, Craig Smith. "The smile on his face was amazing!"


EXPERIENCE 'ABSOLUTELY AMAZINGLANGLEYBOY

c/o Langley Times
Nevan Coburn walked into the dressing room and was speechless. As an aspiring hockey player, the six (6) year old is sure to see his fair share of dressing rooms in the years to come. But this was something different and the usually talkative boy didn't have much to say right away.

"When we got into the dressing room and looked around, Nevan just kind of froze," said his dad Derek Coburn. "Usually he has something to say about everything! He just went 'wow, look dad.'"

Coburn directed is awestruck son to the corner of the room, where former Vancouver Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider stood.  "Schneids," Nevan said as his face broke into an ear to ear grin. That seemed to break the ice for the Langley boy, as he walked over and began chatting up the New Jersey Devils all-star goaltender.

Nevan was in Nashville with his family for the National Hockey League (NHL) All-Star Game. He was there as a guest of The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada.

In 2011, at 20-months old, Nevan was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, germ cell teratoma. The young Langley boy underwent four (4) rounds of chemotherapy sessions in a six (6) month span. That was followed by a surgery and the one (1) more round of chemotherapy. Next came two (2) months of intense follow-up appointments.

Each "wish" must be used before the nominee turns 18 and the Coburns felt it was the right time to cash it in. Back in September, Nevan's parents asked him what he wanted to do for his special wish, and surprisingly, his answer was hockey-related.

"We wanted Nevan to have a fantastic experience and we asked him a few times what he wanted and he said 'hockey, hockey, hockey,'" his dad said.

Nevan - who plays left wing and centre with Langley MHA - prepared for the big weekend by ordering some hockey cards of himself, which he signed and handed out the the players. 

Among his favorite memories, meeting Canucks Daniel Sedin and former Roberto Luongo, and helping Edmonton Oilers star Taylor Hallo tape his hockey stick.

"It was all lots of fun," Nevan said.

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BUT......Nevan's story doesn't end there. Nevan was then sent this video..... from his favorite Vancouver Canuck....well former Canuck.....
So off Nevan went to another BIG hockey game! This time to meet his favorite player, even if he wasn't a Canucks anymore.
AMERICAS MASTERS GAMES: VANCOUVER 2016MASTERS
With less than 200 days to go until the inaugural Americas Masters Games in Vancouver, stakeholders and the local organizing committee are pleased to announce that registration for the 24 sport event is open and going strong. Up to 10,000 athletes aged 30 and older, supporters, coaches, spectators, family and friends are expected to the games for the nine (9) day fun and festive event. Registration starts at $215 and $75 for each additional sport added.

The Games offer an exciting range of competitive opportunities and age categories in each of the 24 sport disciplines that range from archery to volleyball. People learning a sport of competing for the first time will find a recreational level of competition, while ex-Olympian and high performance athletes can test themselves against the best in their age category. Events are free to the public to watch.

"Not only is Vancouver a great place for athletes to compete, harbouring some of the greatest sports facilities in the world, it's also a fantastic tourist destination," said Russ Cowan, Executive Director of the Vancouver Hotel Destination Association. "We are pleased to extend special accommodation rates to our visiting athletes."

The Americas Masters Games will stage events at attractive iconic venues from across the city, ranging from UBC, Stanley Park, False Creek and the beaches of Kitsilano and Spanish Banks to the Vancouver Convention Centre an Hillcrest Centre. Provincial sport organizations in BC will be delivering the field of play and providing competition details for their respective sports.

For more information or to register for the Americas Masters Games, please visit www.americasmastersgames2016.com.
SURREY HOCKEY STAR TAKES TOP PRIZE AT RBC TRAINING GROUNDTRAININGGROUND
On Saturday, February 20, 2016, the Richmond Olympic Oval was full of some of Western Canada's most elite young athletes.  One hundred future Olympic hopefuls between the ages of 15 to 25 were invited to participate in the first of four (4) RBC Training Ground events, which hopes to identify some of Canada's best young athletes and begin grooming them for future competition.  Among those invited, was Surrey Minor Hockey Association (MHA) product, Kieanna Stephens.

Stephens and the rest of the athletes were put to the test at numerous stations measuring individual speed, power, strength and endurance.  The results were then compared along other elite athletes in the same age and gender bracket and examined by event administrators.  Based on results, the athletes were advised what sport was most recommended for them.

The goal of the RBC Training Ground, according to RBC spokesman, Matt McGlynn, is "to identify crossover athletes who may have reached their peak in popular team sports like hockey or soccer, but have the physical gifts to compete in other sports."
Kieanna, who has been playing hockey for four (4) years and currently plays on the Surrey Midget A1 team, was told "she may want consider taking up rowing."  Which doesn't seem too far off given the leg power required by both sports!

"The more sports the better," commented Stephens.  "Rowing is definitely at the top of my list. I've always loved playing sports and getting to know other athletes.  I am very interested in learning about the sport and seeing if it will be a good fit for me."
She started playing hockey at a late age in comparison to most other players.  Prior to starting her second year of Pee Wee, she had only skated in five (5) learn-to-skate lessons.  After just four (4) years of hockey, she has excelled and says "skating is considered one of her top strengths."

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HOCKEY CANADA SKILLS CAMPS - LIKE SCHOOL MEETS, BUT ON ICESKILLSCAMP
If you remember anything from elementary school, chances are you remember something about a spring time classic... the track and field meet.  Students participated in a variety of different events, ribbons were handed out and sometimes the winners moved on to the city or district meet.  Take that concept into the Hockey Canada Skills Camp and you can picture a bit of what it looked like.  Recently, two (2) Skills Camps were held on Professional Development Days in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.

Two hundred players, coaches and parents descended on Abbotsford's Centre Ice Arena looking to test the skills the players have been working on since September at the Second Annual MEI Hockey Academy Skills Day.  Students from Carihi Secondary School in Campbell River traveled to Port Alberni to join students from Alberni District Secondary School at Weyerhauser and Coulson Arenas.

Each day started with the main skills portion of the camp.  SportTesting digital testing equipment was set up at 5 - 7 stations around the rink and players were broken into groups to compete for the hardest shot, shooting accuracy, fastest skater (forward and backwards), stickhandling and multi-direction.  The results were posted for all to see and the players' competitive nature had them pinned up and going against their best mates.

"What was great to see was that not only was school pride on the line, but athletes cheered for each other and made new friends while waiting in line with the athletes from other school(s)," said MEI Skills Camp organizer, Peter Hay.  "As the scores rolled in, they were displayed on the giant screens allowing parents and coaches to see how their athletes were stacking up with the competition."

As the skills portion of the day wound down, lunch was prepared and participants enjoyed it while they recovered for the 3-on-3 tournament to soon follow.  Athletes at the MEI Skills Camp were inspired over lunch by local hockey icon Ryan Walter (New Westminster), who shared his own journey to the National Hockey League (NHL) and the many lessons learned along the way.  In Port Alberni, students heard from Tom McEvay, an educational advisor who currently works with the BC Hockey League (BCHL) Port Alberni Bulldogs.

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EMOTIONAL MEMORIAL FOR LONG-TIME PENTICTON VEES FANVEES

c/o Penticton Western News
Valentine's Day is a time for hugs and that's exactly what Christine Mason desperately needed on Sunday morning in February during a memorial for her daughter Annie Kaminsky.

Among those gathered on the sidewalk on Main Street in Penticton, was that of the entire Penticton Vees junior hockey team.

One by one, players leaned over to embrace Mason as she sat bundled up against the cold winds in her wheelchair.

Kaminsky, 34, passed away in early February from complications of juvenile diabetes which she had been battling for some time.

Kaminsky is remembered by those who knew her as a lover of life, a joyful and gentle soul who couldn't wait to wrap her around around everyone she met.  She was also a huge Penticton Vees fan.

"Obviously any fan of the Vees is a family member to our team and we just kind of want to make that known around town," said Assistant Team Captain, Dante Fabbro after hugging Mason, who had a bit smile on her face and tears in her eyes. "We're here to support the family. We've lost somebody special and we just kind of want to do as much as we can to show our support."

The night before, during a BC Hockey League (BCHL) game at the South Okanagan Events Centre, the team paid a special tribute to Kaminsky with photo's of her on the jumbotron and a moment of silence.

"It's just so nice for them (the Vees) to be here; they're doing this for my daughter," said Mason. "It's really amazing just all the people here. There's not words to say thank you enough. Just bless you for being here with us."

"Annie was a lovely person. She loved to hug everybody. She loved to teach everybody how to be happy. Don't be sad. Don't be upset. Just be happy."

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