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Coquitlam Midget A1 Chiefs Enjoying Ride to Provincials

By Marshall Mackinder on February 16, 2017

The Coquitlam Midget A1 Chiefs are preparing for provincials after finishing their season with an incredible 17-0-3 record. (Photo courtesy of Kimberly MacDonell)     

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. For the Coquitlam Chiefs Midget A1 Chiefs, the turning point for this season may have come the end of the 2015-16 season when they captured a bronze medal in Provincials. That is when head coach Mischa Polzin realized the potential his team would have in 2016-17 with a core group of leaders returning, and  a strong group of kids coming up from the Midget A2 team as well.  

"All these kids grew up together and were multi-sport athletes, so I knew we had the potential to have a strong group," said Polzin. "I had a number of players return, including my core group, Captain Jack Murray, Assistant Captains Tomi Zlomislic, Riley Merritt, Liam Jackson and goalie Santino Murdocco."  

This season has been a real success for the Chiefs after recently wrapping up their regular season with an undefeated regular season, going 17-0-3 and winning their league championship.

"Up until this point, going undefeated was a goal that the players themselves set out to accomplish.  My seasonal plan is to prepare for playoffs, use tournaments as a measuring stick as to how we play multiple games in a short time frame," Polzin explained. ”The players were all on the same page and I let them have the freedom to just go and play as long as we stuck to our overall program design for the season."

Polzin is in his second season behind the bench and is also Director of Hockey at Coquitlam Minor Hockey Association. Polzin was the Director of Hockey Operations and Head Coach of the 2000 age group rep program for the Vancouver Minor Hockey Association for five years prior to joining CMHA. 

Polzin said that things really started synching for the Chiefs when they won Seafair Icebreaker Tournament over Thanksgiving 2016.

"To me this was our first bonding as a group and having lost in the finals last year and two years prior, I was glad we accomplished this as both those teams I had during those finals went on to successful seasons,” Polzin said, "What amazes me with this team is that they all care for one another. I'm really proud how they hang out together and accept everyone as an equal. I want everyone to have a voice in the room and not to be afraid of speaking up," Polzin said. 

Polzin credits his Assistant Coach Denny Ghieuw and his managing staff of Scott Jackson, Shawna Robertson, Val Murdocco, Peter Pasula and all the parents for the team’s success this season. 

"These players bought into my program, and for this the players should be greatly recognized," Polzin said. Their next stop in their quest for a Championship is the Provincial Tournament at Cam Neely Arena in Maple Ridge on March 6 to 12.

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By Marshall Mackinder| February 16, 2017
Categories:  Minor Hockey
Keywords:  B.C. Minor Hockey

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