The game of hockey is evolving all the time, and the same is true for the tools available to minor hockey associations. But in a hockey system populated with old-school veterans of the game who have always used the same management strategies, are teams making the most of the resources available to them?
The 2017 Telus Cup kicked off with the eastern teams taking an early advantage after Day 1 action. The teams from out east didn’t have any trouble adjusting to the time change as this year’s tournament is out west in Prince George.
The biggest hockey moment to date for many of the nation’s top Midget hockey players takes place towards the end of April at the National Championships.
The Burnaby Winter Club Academy Elite 15s took home the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) Elite 15s division Championship with a 6-3 win in the final game. BWC came into the postseason with a 21-5-4 record for a second place finish in the regular season.
If the current run the Coquitlam Midget AAA Chiefs are on is a dream, they’d prefer not to wake up. After going undefeated in the regular season and only losing once in the final four, the Chiefs find themselves in Provincial Championships looking to capture their third Provincial banner and complete an unforgettable season putting the season accomplishments into elite status.
Once the calendar turns to March, most Minor Hockey Leagues are preparing for their League Tournaments. In British Columbia, Provincial tournaments are beginning mid-March and wrapping up in the final weekend of March. For the Port Coquitlam Minor Hockey Association, hosting a Provincial Tournament is a long time coming.
The 2017 World U17 Hockey Challenge is heading back to Dawson Creek and Fort St. John. The tournament will see the best young players from all over the world, for a majority of them playing on an international stage for the first time.
Three B.C. teams from the CSSHL stood out in the Eastern showcase from Feb. 10 to 12 at the CIH Arena in Rockland, Ont. Midget prep teams from the Okanagan Hockey Academy (Penticton), Delta Hockey Academy (Delta) and Yale Hockey Academy (Abbotsford) all had big showings, with each of them getting their largest win on the final day.
For every successful sports team there is a point in the season that helps push them to their max and realize their potential. For Coquitlam Chiefs Midget A1 Head Coach Mischa Polzin, the turning point for this season may have been the end of the 2015-16 season.
All female hockey players between the ages of five and 12 have the opportunity to celebrate hockey thanks to the help of BC Hockey and the Canucks Centre.
Hockey Day in Canada is celebrated across the country by young and old players in hundreds of associations. Over in Cowichan on Vancouver Island, a few days after the national day recognizing the sport, a local team is hosting their own day for puck.
What a thrill it was to watch former Minor Hockey Player of the Year award winners Mathew Barzal (2012 POY) and Dante Fabbro (2013 POY) suit up for Canada last month at the World Juniors.
Twenty-one games through the B.C. Female Midget AAA Hockey League, and the Greater Vancouver Comets are perfect. With nine games left in the year, the Comets have a 20-point lead over the next closest team, the Thompson-Okanagan Lakers, and have already clinched the top spot in the league heading into the playoffs.
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