BWC alum Matt Barzal
Coquitlam natives Mathew Barzal and Dante Fabbro, Abbotsford’s Noah Juulsen and Kelowna transplant Tyson Jost were among the 32 players named to the Team Canada selection camp for the upcoming world junior tournament.
The tryouts run in Blainville, Que., from Dec. 10-14. Canada open the world juniors on Boxing Day in Toronto versus Russia.
Barzal, who started the season with the New York Islanders but has since been returned to the Seattle Thunderbirds, is among the five eligible returnees from last year going to camp. Jost and Fabbro, former Penticton Vees teammates now suiting up for the University of North Dakota and Boston University, respectively, are among the 14 1998-born players on the list. The rest are 1997s.
Barzal and Fabbro are close friends, from their time playing minor hockey at Burnaby Winter Club.
Barzal and Jost, both centres by trade, are among the 19 forwards invited to camp, while Fabbro and Everett Silvertips stalwart Juulsen are among the 10 defencemen. There are three goaltenders taking part.
Barzal and Juulsen are part of the 12 WHLers getting a chance to represent Canada.
Bantam AAA team trip to Notre Dame
Where Tradition Inspires Excellence.
Alum Matt Barzal on the ice with our Atoms at BWC Hockey School
Enjoy the Journey
There are 3 times when we can help our child’s performance and create great memories:
Before the game
During the game
After the game
Before the first game of the season
Ask yourself the following questions:
Then ask you child the same questions.
If your child’s answers are the same as yours, then great! If they’re not, then drop yours and accept theirs. They are the ones playing hockey.
The reality is that 75% of kids are out of organized sports by age 13. Why? The majority cites parental expectations and behaviour as the number one cause.
So “release them to the game.” Let this activity be theirs. Let them control it. Let this be the risk that they take to learn their life lessons: how to succeed on your own, how to deal with mistakes, how to talk to their boss etc. Empower them to become the very people we all know and hope they can be.
How do you know if you’re not “releasing” them?
You continue to share the credit when things go well. “We won.” No, they won.
You find yourself trying to solve all the problems that come up during the season. Let children learn how to deal with this on their own.
You catch yourself yelling at an official during the game.
You try to continue to coach them when they know more about the sport than you do.
They try to avoid you after the game, or they’re embarrassed by your involvement.
During the game
Be there. Or miss some, let them bring back to you what they thought was important.
Model appropriate behaviour. If 90% of parents think spectator behaviour is a problem, but 99% say it’s not me, then who is it?
One instructional voice. This is the voice of the coach. Kids find it very confusing when they hear multiple voices. Encouraging is OK.
Focus on the team. Watch both teams play; don’t just focus on your child.
Choose one role. There are 4 roles, player, coach, referee, and spectator. Everyone gets to be one of these. One.
After the game
When kids are asked about their worst memories from athletics, the most consistent answer is the car ride home.
Here’s how to make that car ride home a positive:
Save your analysis. Don’t analyze their play, the referees, their teammates, the coaching, etc.
Give your athlete time and space. Kids need time and space to recover. Some may need an hour, others need a week.
Be a confidence builder. What can you say to do that? 5 simple words after every game: “I love watching you play.”
BWC Alum Dante Fabbro was chosen 17th overall by the Nashville Predators in the 2017 NHL Draft
BWC Alum Ty Ronning was chosen 201st overall by the New York Rangers in the 2017 NHL Draft
It was a great day for BWC Hockey as a record 9 Bantam players were taken in the WHL Draft including 2 in the first round. 8 players selected played on the Western Canadian Champion Bantam A1 team and 1 player played on the Bantam A2 team. Here are the players selected:
Congrats to these young men, their families, and their coaches for all their hard work and dedication!
Bantam A1s are Western Canadian Champions!
Pee Wee A1 Provincial Champions!
Congrats to our Atom A2s on winning the Presidents Series
PeeWee A2s are back to back champs! Going to Provincials!
History was made Sunday as our Atom A5s became the 1st A5 team to qualify for Final Fours! Congrats to them!
Bantam A1 Prospects Tournament
- Sep 16-18, 2016
Peewee A1 Thanksgiving Tournament
- Oct 7-10, 2016
Bantam A2 Charlie Wilkinson Memorial Remembrance Day Tournament
- Nov 10-13, 2016
Bantam A3 Winter Classic Tournament
- Dec 21-23, 2016
Initiation Rascals Tournament
- Feb 4-5, 2017
BWC Hockey Academy CSSHL Prep U18 Showcase
- Feb 3-5, 2017
Atom A1 Tournament Of Champions
- Mar 10-12, 2017
It's A Great Day For Hockey! 2 games tonight: 6:00PM BWC Atom A5 vs. West Van A1 7:30PM BWC Atom A4 vs. Hollyburn
2 Games Tonight at BWC: 5:15PM BWC Bantam A2 vs. NVMHA A1 8:00PM BWC PeeWee A3 vs. NVMHA A2
Rob Blankstein- MHA Chair
Terry Shein - General Manager
Maco Balkovec - Hockey Director
Divisional Manager - Ravinder Gill
Joe Saloustros- Head Coach C1
Saylor Preston- Head Coach C1
Burt Henderson - Head Coach C1
Brad Reynolds - Head Coach C2
James Sullivan- Head Coach C3
Divisional Manager: Sheldon Evers and Megumi Mizuno
Curtis Fraser - Head Coach A1
Robert Ginnetti- Head Coach A2
Joe Saloustros- Head Coach A3
Glenn Jeffrey- Head Coach A4
Jeff Scheffel- Head Coach A5
Divisional Manager: Derek Usher
Bill Hunt - Head Coach A1
Brad Reynolds- Head Coach A2
Mitch Fyffe- Head Coach A3
Bryan Kim- Head Coach A4
Divisional Manager: Glenn Jeffrey
John Batchelor - Head Coach A1
Kevin Batchelor- Head Coach A2
Denis Semenov- Head Coach A3
Cleve Astle - Head Coach A1