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BC HOCKEY Newsletter
October 12, 2016
In This Issue
SESSIONS IN WHITEHORSE



HOCKEY CANADA COMMUNITY



MEET THE MALE U16 TEAM BC



WORLD GIRLS HOCKEY WEEKEND WAS A BLAST



KELLY COUSINS IS HIS NAME AND COACHING IS HIS GAME

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


MALE U16 WESTERN BRANCH CHALLENGE
October 19 - 23
Calgary


NORTH CENTRAL JAMBOREE
October 14 - 16
Prince George


WORLD U17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE
November 1 - 8
Sault Ste. Marie


FEMALE U18 TEAM BC PRE STAGE
November 4 - 8
Regina


NATIONAL WOMEN'S U18 CHAMPIONSHIP
November 9 - 13
Regina


CANUCKS FIRST STRIDES
November 14
Vancouver
In Other News
BC Official Assigned to 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship



Whitehorse Huskies to Host 2017 Coy Cup



2016 Male U16 Team BC Roster Announced



BC Major Midget League Launches New Website



World Girls Hockey Weekend Celebrations



Female U18 Team BC Roster Announced



Pacific Junior Hockey League Hands Out Officiating Scholarships and Awards



Puck Drops of 2016-2017 Major Midget League Season



Prince George Hosting Female Jamboree



Female Midget AAA Schedule Announced

Upcoming Deadlines


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If your association has any volunteer postings you would like included in next month's newsletter, please email them to info@bchockey.net.
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Please send your story/event to info@bchockey.net.


Hockey is in full skate in every community across BC and the Yukon this fall! Check out what's coming up as we get ready:


Happy Hockey!
SESSIONS IN WHITEHORSEwhitehorse


In partnership with Hockey Yukon, the Whitehorse Huskies Senior Men's team, Whitehorse Minor Hockey Association and the Major Midget League (MML), we are excited to be heading up to Whitehorse, Yukon for a fun-filled weekend of hockey on October 14 - 16, 2016.


The festivities kick off early Friday morning as the MML coaches hit the ice to lead the U16 Mustangs through a practice.  Both MML teams, the Vancouver North East Chiefs and Cariboo Cougars, will each take the ice for team practices following the Mustangs.


That afternoon, the MML coaches will run a skills session for Atom to Bantam aged players.  MML players will join the players on the ice to help run them through some of the drills.  That evening, a Coaches Hot Stove session will be held by the MML for all local coaches to attend, learn and ask questions.


Then Saturday it's a triple-header at Takhini Arena!  To kick things off, the U16 Yukon Mustangs take on the U18 Yelllowknife Wolf-Pack; the Chiefs and the Cougars face off for their first game of the weekend; and the Senior men's Bonneville Pontiacs and Whitehorse Huskies wrap up with the evening game.


On Sunday, the Mustangs and Wolf-Pack and Chiefs and Cougars each face off to round out their weekend double-header.


CLICK HERE for the schedule and more information.
HOCKEY CANADA COMMUNITYhockeycanada


Hockey Canada is excited to announce the launch of the Hockey Canada Community, a new webpage that will focus on grassroots hockey.  Stories of communities and people that make hockey happen from across Canada will be featured on a weekly basis. 


Hockey Canada has also launched a new video blog series with President and Chief Executive Officer, Tom Renney, dubbed "Tom Talks."  In the first video, Tom talks about their new initiative called the Hockey Canada Ambassador, a program where the hockey community will nominate players/coaches/volunteers in their community that contribute to the game every year.


MEET THE MALE U16 TEAM BCTEAMBC


The Male U16 Team BC is heading to Calgary this week for the 2016 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup.  You can follow the action or send them good luck messages on Twitter @BCHockey_MU16BC. Meet the team in the short video!


WORLD GIRLS HOCKEY WEEKEND WAS A BLASTwghw




While most Canadians were enjoying turkey dinners this past weekend, female hockey players around the world were celebrating World Girls Hockey Weekend (WGHW). BC was no different, with more than 360 female hockey players taking part in BC Hockey's WGHW celebration at the Surrey Sport and Leisure Centre from October 7 - 9, 2016.


Most of the activities took place on Saturday, with an Esso Fun Day, "We Are Coaches" clinic, cross-ice jamboree and the "Long Game" running back-to-back.


The Esso Fun Day featured girls who were new to the game trying out hockey. The players participated in an off-ice skills session as well as an on-ice session that consisted of power skating, puck handling, shooting and some fun games - a favorite drill was "shoot the pylon" drill and there were many smiles to be had as the girls left the ice!


Nearly 20 women worked towards their Coach 2 - Coach Level certification at the "We Are Coaches" clinic, a Hockey Canada initiative geared towards getting more females on to the bench. In addition to the classroom component, clinic delegates participated in two (2) on-ice sessions and learned the ins and outs of running a practice.


Initiation and Novice players took part in the cross-ice jamboree, which featured five (5) teams playing games on a modified ice surface. There was some fast-paced hockey, with some tired girls afterwards!


In the afternoon, the day's signature event, the Long Game, made its way to BC. The Long Game featured a coast-to-coast hockey game that started in Newfoundland and Labrador and traveled from province to province until eventually ending in BC. Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget players competed jamboree-style as "Team Red" and "Team White," while the South Coast Women's Hockey League's Richmond Devils and Meadow Ridge Moose participated in the Senior Long Game. There was plenty of competition and comradery between Team Red and Team White as the games were played.


Throughout the weekend, the Female Midget AAA (FMAAA) Showcase was also being held at Surrey Sport and Leisure Centre, with the league's six (6) teams kicking off their seasons. The players looked sharp and were eager to show off their skills on the ice. There were plenty of close games and it should be an exciting season.


While it was a busy weekend, it was worth it to see so many females of different ages enjoying the game of hockey!


KELLY COUSINS IS HIS NAME AND COACHING IS HIS GAMEcousins


BC Hockey recently accepted nominations from the hockey community to tell us about an amazing coach for their chance to win attendance at the 2016 Petro Canada Sport Leadership Sportif Conference.  Kelly Cousins (Sechelt) was the lucky winner!


Here's his nomination from the president of Sunshine Coach Minor Hockey Association (MHA), Brenda Rowe.


I sure do know an amazing coach! Kelly Cousins is his name and he has coached in our Association on the Sunshine Coast since 2005. He is a special kind of guy whose gift is as much evident off the ice as it is on. In 2014, he coached our Bantam A team to its first provincials in 22 years and last season he coached our Midget A team to the gold medal game. We hosted those championships and saw 12,000 community members come out to the games over the five (5) days. He facilitated a Novice seven (7) a side tournament, during which the Midget boys coached, as a lead up to the BC Hockey Championship; this is only one (1) example of how he has changed the landscape of hockey in our small community.


He has inspired that group of young men over the 10 years they have played hockey to be the best young men they can be, on and off the ice. He continually challenges the kids and works incredibly hard to make sure the experience is not one they soon forget.
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?


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