LEAD, DEVELOP AND PROMOTE POSITIVE LIFELONG HOCKEY EXPERIENCES

BC HOCKEY Newsletter
August 10, 2016
In This Issue
TEAM BC HOPEFULS HELP OUT AT CANUCKS AUTISM NETWORK CAMP 

LESSONS FROM BEHIND THE GLASS

OFFICIATING PASSION RUNS IN THE FAMILY
Events
SUMMER OFFICIATING SCHOOL
August 6 - 10
Osoyoos

IVAN HLINKA MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT
August 8 - 16
Breclav/Piestant, Czech Republic

FEMALE TEAM BC SELECTION CAMP
August 25 - 28
Salmon Arm

KOOTENAY JAMBOREE
September 23 - 25
Invermere

FEMALE U18 TEAM BC PREP CAMP
September 22 - 25
Vancouver

WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY
September 17 - October 1
Toronto

FMAAA SHOWCASE WEEKEND
October 7 - 9
Surrey

WORLD GIRLS HOCKEY WEEKEND
October 7 - 9

MALE U16 TEAM BC PRE-STAGE
October 16 - 18
Calgary

MALE U16 WESTERN BRANCH CHALLENGE
October 19 - 23
Calgary

NORTH CENTRAL JAMBOREE
October 21 - 23
In Other News
2016 Male U16 Team BC Shortlist

Kootenay Ice Announce Coaching Staff

BC Hockey Hall of Fame

BC Players Invited to Canada's National Women's Development and U18 Selection Camps

BC Coaching Staff Assigned to Canada's National Women's Development Team and Women's U18 Team

Initiation Program Resources

BC Hockey Parent Programs

Male U16 Provincial Camp Wraps up in Shawnigan Lake

2016 Male U16 Provincial Camp

Re-Launch of the Initiation Program

Kerry Park and Prince George to Host Summer Skills Camps

Zweep Named Male High Performance Coordinator

Concussion Awareness Training Toolkit

2016 Male U16 Provincial Camp Rosters and Schedule Announced

Additional Female Midget AAA Team Staff Announced

Registration Open for Female Midget AAA Evaluation Camps

BC Players Invited to National U18 and Junior Team Summer Development Camps

BC Players Invited to National U17 Development Camp

Applications Open for Esso Fun Days

BC Hockey Annual General Meeting Awards

2016 BC Hockey Annual General Meeting Concludes

2016 BC Hockey Annual General Meeting

Additional 2016-2017 Major Midget League Team Staff Announced

Additional Female Midget AAA Team Staff Announced

Evolution of Elite Hockey Session in Sun Peaks

Butler Named Female Hockey Development Coordinator

Applications Open for BC Hockey/Hockey Canada Summer Skills Camps

Creston Valley Thunder Cats to Host 2017 Cyclone Taylor Cup

BC Hockey Associations to Host the First Shift Program

West Kelowna Warriors Claim 2016 RBC Cup

Male Team BC Claims Gold at 2016 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships

2016 Female U18 Invitational Selection Camp Updates
Upcoming Deadlines

Cross-Ice Hockey Leads Application
Deadline: Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Male High Performance Program Leads Application
Deadline: August 31, 2016
VOLUNTEER JOB POSTINGS

BC HOCKEY
Cross-Ice Hockey Leads
Deadline: Wednesday, August 10, 2016

BC HOCKEY
Male High Performance Program Leads
Deadline: August 31, 2016

If your association has any volunteer postings you would like included in next month's newsletter, please email them to info@bchockey.net.
Hockey season is right around the corner and we could not be more excited! New initiatives, re-vamped programs and the final stages of the making of both the male and female Team BC make the start of hockey season that much better! 

There really is no better feeling than strapping on the skates and hitting the ice. And it's almost here!

Check out what's coming up as we get ready:


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!
TEAM BC HOPEFULS HELP OUT AT CANUCKS AUTISM NETWORK CAMPteambc


The 44 players that attended the 2016 Male U16 Provincial Camp last month learned more than hockey skills. They gained life lessons that go far beyond the rink and dressing rooms.

The Team BC hopefuls had an opportunity none of them will forget; they helped out the Canucks Autism Network (CAN) Camp that took place at Shawnigan Lake School, the same time as their Provincial Camp.

The CAN provides high-quality sports, recreational, arts and social programs for individuals and families living while autism, while increasing awareness in communities. The Multisport Day Program allowed autistic children to gain new experiences in sport in a supportive and safe environment.

The players helped out the camp kids at one (1) of four (4) stations: golf games, physical literacy games, tennis and biking. From chipping giant golf balls at each other to running in circles playing frozen tag, the smiles and laughs on the kids and players faces was priceless!

"We played a bunch of fun games that involved, running, jumping, skipping and active movements," said Prince George native, Brandon Dent.

"Poison-Poison was my favorite game," added Jo-Jo Tanaka-Campbell who helped out at the physical literacy station. "Us and the kids had a little competition; that was a lot of fun."

And when it was time for the players to head back to their dorms for some much needed down time (aka nap time), no one wanted to leave! They were willing to give up a pre-game nap just to have another hour playing with the kids.

"Meeting everyone, getting to know the organization and what they do was pretty awesome," said Yale Hockey Academy player, Nick Amsler.

Simply put: "It was a ton of fun," commented forward Sasha Mutala.

Hockey teaches a lot of life lessons - hardwork, determination, teamwork, passion - the list goes on. But what the players gained that afternoon cannot be taught and will never be forgotten.

Despite the cloudy afternoon at Shawnigan Lake, the sun was shining from all the bright smiles!

CLICK HERE for a full album of pictures from this amazing afternoon.

Please visit the CAN website for more information.

LESSONS FROM BEHIND THE GLASSLESSONS

By Allyson Tufts

Happy Hockey Season!

I have always loved this time of year. I love the excitement of the upcoming hockey season and all the possibilities it brings with it. It's not that I wanted to rush summer, but usually by mid-August I was looking forward to getting back into the rink. My mind went from planning summer outings to planning the upcoming hockey season. I started looking up crock-pot recipes, equipment sales and preparing the very important fridge calendar that kept us all in check. I looked so forward to getting the team schedule so I could see where we'd be traveling to  for tournaments and who I could share the carpooling with. Yes I have to say that going into the hockey season has always been an exercise in organization, budgeting and a promise to myself that each year I would enjoy the experience. Every season I would tell myself that this year I'll go in relaxed and will not get upset over things that I have no control over. I have to say that over the years I barely managed to get the organization and budgeting right. As far as "enjoying the experience" and "being relaxed" that was even more of a challenge and that's why I wrote the book.

As we go into this hockey season, I'm happy to say I have another thing to be excited about. On September 9, 2016 BC Hockey and myself will be rolling out the Lessons From Behind the Glass video series to all you passionate, hardworking and devoted hockey parents and volunteers.

Some of you may have already watched the teaser video on the BC Hockey website or read the article in last month's newsletter and know that BC Hockey and I have partnered to create a video series as phase two (2) of the Sportsmanship Starts in the Stands initiative. The series is based on my book Lessons From Behind the Glass. It's a book about my family's journey through minor hockey from when my son was seven (7) years old to the night of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) draft. The videos feature interviews from players, coaches, referees, parents and former NHL players. Their stories are based on moments in the arena that brought out the worst and the very best in people, moments that anyone who loves hockey will be able to relate to.

As you embark on this upcoming hockey season, I hope this video series provides you with some laughs and some moments of reflection. Most importantly, I hope it provides you with the tools that will help you towards a more relaxed and fun experience in the rink watching your young player enjoy such an incredible game.

The link for each video will be sent to you via email each week starting September 9, 2016. For more information on the Parent Programs, please visit the BC Hockey websiteFor more information on Allyson Tufts, Lessons From Behind the Glass and to get your copy, please visit www.lessonsfrombehindtheglass.com. 

OFFICIATING PASSION RUNS IN THE FAMILYOFFICIATING


The Menzel family from 100 Mile House has four (4) officials in their household, which probably makes for some interesting family dinner discussions!

Alex Menzel is the eldest son of Danielle Menzel and kicked off the families passion for officiating seven (7) years ago.  In 2014, he was selected to line the BC Hockey Midget Tier 3 Championships in their hometown of 100 Mile House. Alex's younger sisters, Mackenzie and Emily, both play hockey and officiate as well; making a busy schedule for Danielle to maintain!

However, Danielle may be the busiest of them all! Not only does she spend time coordinating her families schedule and getting everyone to and from the rink, she also is a referee, does the coach assigning and is the Association's Referee-in-Chief!

Over the course of three (3) seasons, a new Menzel has hit the ice in a striped jersey for the first time. Mackenzie explains, "I started because it was a good way to make money and my brother was already officiating. I also love the game and officiating is a part of hockey." Danielle says, "I decided to take the course partly to encourage Emily, my youngest, and it was something that I always want to try. I wanted to learn more about the game and improve my skating." The Menzel children all took the Hockey Canada Officiating Program course as soon as they were old enough and Danielle shares that it has "helped them gain confidence and a few extra bucks."

Alex expresses that he officiates "to have fun" and that "some of the best moments on the ice have been while wearing a referee uniform. Mackenzie recognizes that there is a shortage of officials and by putting on the jersey herself she "can enjoy the game without even playing and get to see the younger kids enjoying the game as well." According to Danielle, officials "have the best seat in the house" and she has made some really good friends through officiating. It has helped her step out of her comfort zone once in a while.

The Menzel's are constantly giving each other feedback, but are sure not to be judgmental as they try to help each other become better officials. Officiating has become a bonding experience for this family and they support each other just as if they are their own team; which in a way they are - family. Danielle, Mackenzie and Alex attended a BC Hockey development camp in 2014 and Mackenzie recalls instructor Sandra Lowe's advice: "you have to not only be confident when making a call, but to also 'sell it' as well." The entire family refers to confidence as an important characteristic for officials.

This dedicated family of officials are making a positive impact on the Association, the community of 100 Mile House and BC Hockey.
Does your Minor Hockey Association have an upcoming event the membership should know about? Or have you hosted an awesome event and want to tell us about it?

We want to know what you are doing at your association and share it with hockey fans across the Province. 
 
Send your story/event to: info@bchockey.net.                       
Want to be a part of BC Hockey events?  Or do you know someone who would love to be involved in hockey in their community?

We are always accepting names and resumes for volunteer positions for BC Hockey events across the province.  Some events include: the Male U16 and Female U18 BC Cups and minor rec skills camps and jamborees.
 
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