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Midget Evaluations

We will be hosting our first evaluation skate June 26th to 27th. The coaches will be looking to identify players who are passionate and love the game of hockey and are looking to develop and compete at the highest level possible. Our goal is to have 2 teams this year of players who are committed to playing for the BWC and being great representatives of the club.

Cost of the evaluation skate will be $100. Players will get 2 hours of ice and an individual meeting with the staff after the Saturday skate.  Please contact the BWC office to register: (604) 299- 7788 or email Karen.gray@bwchockey.com .

Players who are selected for each team will receive top flight instruction from coaches who are trained at the highest level and have a proven record of player development. Guido Lamberti-Charles returns as Head Coach of the Midget A1 team with his staff of Kyle Rademaker, Neil Kayley, and Mark Soares. Guido will work closely with both teams helping to create a uniform program that works as one rather than 2 separate entities.

Each team will have the following during the season: 

3 practices per week

4 Hockey Development sessions a month

Weekly Team Training sessions at Fortius Sport and Health

2 Physical Testing sessions

A concussion baseline test

A semi-individualized training program

Goalie Training from Sean Murray with10 specific practices devoted to goalie development

PCAHA league schedule of 28 games, plus playoffs

2 Tournaments

McBride Named WHL’s Top Scholastic Player

Calgary, AB – The Prince Albert Raiders are proud to announce that goaltender Nick McBride has been named the 2015 Western Hockey League Scholastic Player of the Year and the winner of the Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Memorial Trophy this afternoon at the WHL Awards in Calgary.

A grade 12 student from Maple Ridge, BC, McBride put together an outstanding year in the classroom while also backstopping the Raiders in net. McBride achieved an average of 96% while completing difficult classes – Chemistry 30, English Language Arts 30, Physics 30, and Pre-Calculus 30 with 99%. He also attained a 95% average during his Grade 11 year.

“Nick is a very worthy recipient of the Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Memorial Trophy. He is an outstanding Grade 12 student who has excelled in his academic studies this year,” said Raiders Education Advisor Geraldine Arpin. “He has consistently demonstrated a commitment to his education, and in doing so, he is an excellent example that it is possible to simultaneously excel in both sport and school.”

McBride becomes the fourth Raider to win the Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Memorial Trophy, joining Ken Baumgartner (1983-84), Jeff Nelson (1988-89, 1989-90), and Josh Morrissey (2012-13). The Raiders have seen a member of their team win the award five times, tying the Brandon Wheat Kings for the most all-time.

On the ice this season, McBride played a career-high 37 games, posting a 13-18-1 record with two shutouts. The 18-year-old puck stopper ended his second year in the WHL with a 3.41 goals-against average and a 0.895 save percentage. In January, McBride competed in the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game where he made 11 saves as part of a 6-0 shutout by Team Orr over Team Cherry.

NHL Central Scouting ranked McBride seventh among North American goaltenders in their final rankings for the upcoming NHL Entry Draft in June.

Bantam Development Camp in August

Hello All BWC Bantam Players/Parents

Trusting all is well with everyone... now busy with Spring ice hockey, Ball Hockey and/or many other summer sports, not to mention plans for the summer vacations.

The Bantam AAA coaching staff will be hosting a camp planned for August this year. This is an annual introduction to Bantam hockey with a Conditioning Camp hosted by John Batchelor and a crew of colleagues to prepare for the subsequent 2015-16 Hockey season at BWC. The Camp will consist of two 5-day sessions over 2 weeks, Monday to Friday only.

The camp includes 10 on ice sessions and 6 dryland sessions. It is open to all eligible BWC Bantam aged players in good standing with BWC.

We apologize for the early notification, but we felt it was important to promote camp early in lieu of vacations and busy summer schedules. We offer a two payment schedule with an initial $200 for June 1st and the residual $225 for August 1st . You can pay with post-dated cheques, or via credit card to the BWC office on the scheduled payment dates. We trust this is an acceptable payment schedule. Should you have any questions, please feel free to email me at dan_melanson@telus.net .


Dan Melanson


Hello BWC Members

We are pleased to host a clinic for the Power Edge Pro Connor McDavid Skills Series. Each player that signs up will get to follow the same “Development Blueprint” that Connor McDavid followed.  McDavid started doing the Power Edge Pro at age 9. He used the program twice a week during his development years and continues to train with it now while playing for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League.

See a video of the PEP here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUy7dGFL0Vw

The camp will be held at the BWC for 6 consecutive Sundays starting May 24th running to June 28th.  Cost will be $180 per player.  Each session will have 2 trained McDavid Skills teachers on the ice.

Initiation/Atom Players: 3:15-4:15pm

PeeWee and up: 4:30-5:30 pm

Please call the club to register at: (604) 299- 7788 or email: karen.gray@bwchockey.com

Coaching Announcement

We are pleased to announce our A1 coaches for the 2015-2016 season:
Midget: Guido Lamberti-Charles
Bantam: John Batchelor
PeeWee: Bill Hunt
Atom: John Calvano

BWC members to take Respect in Sport for 2015

As we prepare for next season I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our members for an outstanding 2014-2015.  On the ice we had another incredibly successful season, and we look for even better things to happen in 2015-2016.  Truly our tradition has inspired excellence in the way our players play hockey.  We are the preeminent leader in that category in western Canada. I’d like to see us become that very same leader off the ice as well. We all want BWC to be the model association, a place that everyone looks up to and respects.  With this year’s registration around the corner, all of our member families will be required to take Respect In Sport. Each family must have one parent/guardian take the course before your child/children can go on the ice for tryouts next year. It’s a small step but a necessary one, showing that we truly care about who we are and what we stand for. Together we can make this the best place to play and watch the game we all love so dearly.

Link for Parent Program:


Please turn your certificate into the office upon completion.

Thank you,

Maco Balkovec

BWC Director of Hockey

Hockey builds friends, family

If you’re a member of a hockey family these days, watching the clock has several profound meanings. And few have very little to do with the final outcome of the game.


Oh sure, it’s the beginning of April, and if you’re still playing hockey, you’re doing something right. Because, alas, it’s playoff time when championships are celebrated.

But if you have a son or daughter, or someone special playing minor hockey, you know how your hockey family bonds over the winter.

It begins in the fall. Players may know a few players from the previous year, but by and large, they meet new teammates.

While they get to know one another in the dressing room before games, another team is forming in the stands: parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

As the season progresses over the winter months, hockey families share so much more than the game.

During warm-up, many gather around the arena’s concession stand with their cup of something to keep warm. They chat with another about so many other things than the starting line-up for the game.

Friendships manifest themselves when a player is in need: a ride to a future game or practice, a piece of equipment to help them improve, and the look of genuine concern when a player is helped to the bench following an injury on the ice.

But conversely, the hockey family is there when celebration is in the air: a first goal, a first shut-out, or a championship win.

Very seldom does winning come to a team on a regular basis. If it does, the hockey family shifts their focus to help the players learn how to handle success in an unselfish fashion.

But there are heart-breakers, too. Many teams put in valiant efforts, and no matter how the puck bounces, it goes everywhere but in the net.

Players on the losing end are frustrated and often disappointed when they peel off their equipment.

Solace and comfort is near. The hockey family is standing outside the dressing room to congratulate the players on their effort and finding the positives in every game.

Because they are always there.

Minor hockey builds so many relationships, not only on the ice. But in the stands.

Yes, there are stories — more than there should be — about fans at minor hockey games who take things to extreme, resulting in questionable behaviour which, unfortunately, can lead to violence.

But there are thousands of other stories of people who come together to watch youngsters play a game they love. Quite often those people remain friends long after the final buzzer sounds to end a season.

So maybe when you’re a member of a hockey family, you watch the clock wind down these days a little more closely. Because the time of that particular group is coming to an end.

That’s why there have been hugs and handshakes outside of dressing rooms in the last few weeks. It’s the end of another season, and saying goodbye is always emotional.

But perhaps it’s short lived.

The weather is warming and it’s only a matter of time before friends greet one another on the soccer field or the baseball diamond.

And then the wonderful process starts all over again.


BWC Alum Joe LaLeggia signs with Oilers

From the Burnaby Now:

Burnaby defenceman Joey LaLeggia agreed to a two-year entry level contract with the Edmonton Oilers today (Tuesday).

The 22-year-old University of Denver blueliner played in 37 games this season with the No. 6-ranked Pioneers in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. He recorded 40 points, including 15 goals, 56 penalty minutes and a plus-14 rating.

LaLeggia is also a top-10 finalist for the 2015 Hobey Baker Award as the country’s top hockey player. He was named the NCHC player of the year, the NCHC defenceman of the year, as well as the offensive defenceman of the Year.

LaLeggia was also the NCHC defensive scoring champion by a margin of 13 points.

He was named the NCHC player of the month twice and the NCHC defenceman of the week five times this season.

Denver head coach Jim Montgomery said, "he's the most dominant player in the best conference in college hockey."

LaLeggia, a native of Burnaby, accumulated 132 points (49-83-132) in 156 games over four seasons with the Pioneers. He helped his team reach the NCAA regional finals this season.

It has been a successful career for LaLeggia, who was the WCHA rookie of the year in 2011-12, earning numerous accolades as a freshman. He was also the NCHC defenceman of the year and offensive defenceman of the year last season, before duplicating the results this year.

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound D-man was selected by the Oilers in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Draft 123rd overall.



Power Skating

Spring Power Skating:

We will be offering a Spring Power Skating course at the BWC featuring Karen Kos. The course runs Sunday nights starting April 12th. The dates are as follows: 

April 12, 19, 26

May 3, 10, 24, 31

June 7, 14, 21.

14 players maximum per group:

5:45-6:45pm for Initiation

7-8pm for Atom

8:15pm-9:15pm for PeeWee and Bantam

Cost is $275 per player, 10 hours of ice total.

These sessions will fill up very quickly.

Click here to sign up: 


About Karen Kos: For the past 21 years Karen Kos (BHK, MA) has owned, operated, and overseen program development with her own skating business, working with players from the beginner levels to the junior, collegiate and professional ranks.

Karen’s approach to technical power skating is unlike any other skating program in that she applies her extensive educational background and expertise in the field of Biomechanics to develop strong skating techniques in her students. Throughout Karen’s technical skating sessions, specific emphasis is placed on breaking down, rebuilding, and fine tuning players' skating techniques, utilizing specific principles of biomechanics. With this scientific approach to skating, these hockey specific sessions will ensure players develop superior skills on a much higher level and at a faster pace. 

Congrats to our PeeWee A3s Provincial Champions!

PeeWee A1s capture the Provincial Championship!

Hockey Parents save a life at Midget game

Cloverdale hockey parents Gerry Lieper, Garry Bruce, BWC parents Lucia Milosavljevic and Paul Conners, saved the life of a fellow hockey parent using the defibrillator at the North Surrey Recreation Centre hockey rink.

From the Vancouver Sun

METRO VANCOUVER -- The teenage players on the Burnaby Winter Club midget hockey team may have won last Thursday’s game against Cloverdale, but it was a group of parents who made the save of the day.

Moments after his son’s team scored the winning goal at the North Surrey Recreation Centre, one of the Burnaby fathers collapsed from a heart attack.

As the 50-year-old man lay on the floor unconscious, paramedics were called. But if it hadn’t been for a few CPR-trained hockey parents and a talking defibrillator, the man might not have survived.

The Burnaby team scored with 30 seconds left in the game for a 2-1 win, so there was a lot of cheering and noise — then confusion and chaos as several parents from both teams rushed over to the man, who had fallen down some steps.

Hockey dad Gerry Lieper, whose son Parker plays for Cloverdale, said at first he didn’t know what was going on, and thought the man might be having a seizure. Then fellow team dad Garry Bruce yelled “Get the defibrillator,” and they yanked it off the wall, causing an alarm to go off.


“Everyone was standing around not knowing what to do at first. It was freaky,” he said. “His wife was crying and panicking.”

Burnaby parent Lucia Milosavljevic is a nurse in the cardiac unit of St. Paul’s Hospital, so she checked for a pulse and couldn’t find one. She began CPR and helped put the defibrillator on the man’s chest.

“It was the slickest gadget,” Lieper said. “It told us to call 911. … And then it was checking his vital signs and checking for a heartbeat.”

Bruce, also trained in CPR, said he felt anxious in the moment and was trying to get everything done quickly.

In 2013, the federal government began rolling out automated external defibrillators, known as AEDs, at ice rinks across Canada, as part of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s election promise to fund a $10-million project to upgrade 3,000 arenas. The B.C. Heart and Stroke Foundation, through its own fundraising and a matching donation from the provincial government, already had a program to put AEDs in recreation centres in B.C.

Milosavljevic, whose friend’s 35-year-old husband died eight years ago playing hockey before the devices were introduced at rec centres, said the Burnaby father did not receive a shock from the defibrillator. “It won’t shock if you have already flatlined,” Milosavljevic said.

But the talking device told the parents what to do.

“The fact that we had access to it was really important. Because of my friend and all the fundraising she has done on behalf of her husband, now all the community centres and ice rinks have them,” Milosavljevic added.

A heart attack, which occurs when a blocked artery cuts off blood to the heart, is different from going into cardiac arrest, and should not be treated with a defibrillator. The automated defibrillator scans the patient and lets the users know whether the patient needs a jolt.

Milosavljevic said her friend’s husband was in cardiac arrest and needed a defibrillator, and if the rink had one he might still be alive. She said during Thursday’s incident, they didn’t know what was happening, so it was extremely helpful to have the automated defibrillator.

“It advised us not to shock and continue with CPR. And every two minutes it analyzes the rhythm to see if anything has changed. If it requires a shock, it will shock. But you don’t know that if you don’t have the equipment,” she said.

The three parents, along with Paul Conners, the manager of Burnaby Winter Club midget hockey, took turns doing compressions until the paramedics arrived.

Conners described the situation as surreal. “If this had happened half an hour later while he was driving the car or in his sleep, I think the outcome would have been much different,” he said.

The man apparently had surgery this past weekend and is expected to make a full recovery.

In Surrey, all of the rec centres and hockey arenas now have AEDs, according to North Surrey Recreation Centre manager Sherri Gosse. Although she didn’t know how many times it had been used at North Surrey since it was installed in 2009, she said Thursday wasn’t the first time it had been deployed.

Shelley Parker, the resuscitation program manager for the B.C. Heart and Stroke Foundation, said an average of 2,000 people die each year from cardiac arrest in B.C. She said although they are not provincially mandated, most B.C. recreation centres now have AEDs.

Also, many hockey clubs have their own with the families chipping in to buy the machine, which costs between $1,500 and $2,000, including the Ogopogo senior men’s team in Kelowna, which last year used the device to save two players, one in March and the other in August.


Congrats to our Midget A1 President's Series Champs!

7 teams win banners

Congratulations to 7 of our teams that earned special recognition this past week. The Atom A1 team captured the Final Four PCAHA Championship banner. Our Atom A2 team captured the President's Series Championship for Flight 1. Our PeeWee A3 team qualified for Provincials by winning their Final Four Championship.  Both our PeeWee A2 and A1 teams will be going to the Provincial Championships as well after the two teams won their tier’s Final Four Championship title. Our Bantam A1 team also won its Final Four Championship title this week and will be moving on to play for a Provincial Championship.  And finally, the BWC Midget A1 team won the President's Series in Flight 1. An outstanding season for all these teams and their coaching staffs.  Best of luck to all as they continue their journey!


Bantam A3s win President's Day Tourney in Las Vegas

Congrats to our Bantam A3s! Champs in Las Vegas!

An evening with Ray Ferraro

In our continuing series of talks focused on character and the pressures in hockey today we are incredibly excited to announce that 18-year NHL veteran, 12-year television analyst, and former member of the BWC, Ray Ferraro will join us for a presentation on the state of the game on February 17th at 6pm in the BWC Sande’s Banquet Hall.  

We would like to invite you all to attend and listen to Ray speak on what heightened expectations have done to the game and to our children. Ray would love to make this event interactive, allowing our members to ask him questions and hold an open discussion on the game we all love.

More information on Ray Ferraro from TSN:   Prior to joining TSN in 2008, Ferraro worked as a game analyst on Edmonton Oilers telecasts for five years and as a studio analyst on ESPN’s NHL2NITE. He also appeared as a studio analyst on the NHL on NBC and as an in-studio commentator for men’s hockey during NBC’s coverage of the Turin 2006 Olympic Winter Games. Ferraro is also a regular on the TEAM 1040 radio station in Vancouver and Canucks TV.

Ferraro played for six teams during his 18-year NHL career (Hartford, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Los Angeles, Atlanta and St. Louis), scoring 408 goals and 490 assists in 1,258 NHL regular season games played. He also played in 68 NHL playoff games, recording 21 goals and 22 assists. In addition, Ferraro played in the 1992 NHL All-Star Game and was the WHL Player of the Year and leading scorer in 1983-84.

Alaska's Tyler Morley is 1 of 2 BWC Alumni nominated for the Hobey Baker Award

BWC Alum Kaleigh Fratkin named to Canada’s National Women’s Development Team roster named for 2015 Nations Cup

November 21, 2014
CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada announced Friday the 22 players that have been selected to Canada’s National Women’s Development Team for the 2015 Nations Cup, taking place Jan. 3-6, 2015 at the BLZ Arena in Füssen, Germany.

The Nations Cup, formerly known as the Air Canada Cup, MLP Cup and Meco Cup, brings together Canada’s National Women’s Development Team and national teams from Finland, Germany, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland for a four-day international tournament.

Canada’s National Women’s Development Team’s roster, by province:

  • Ontario – 12 (Bach, Capizzano, Cudmore, Doyle, Edney, Fast, Howe, Kohler, Nurse, Stacey, Terry, Warren)
  • Quebec – four (Desbiens, Dubois, Lefort, Poudrier)
  • Manitoba – two (Bram, Dufault)
  • British Columbia – one (Fratkin)
  • Nova Scotia – one (Wong)
  • Prince Edward Island – one (MacAulay)
  • Newfoundland & Labrador – one (Davis)

Canada is a nine-time gold medallist at the Nations Cup, winning gold in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2013. Canada finished with the bronze medal at the 2012 Meco Cup.

NOTE TO MEDIA: Please contact Morgan Bell, Hockey Canada’s coordinator of media relations, for any interview requests regarding the 2015 Nations Cup; she can be reached at (403) 284-6427 or by email atmbell@hockeycanada.ca.

For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Women’s Development Team, please visitwww.hockeycanada.ca, or follow along through social media at www.facebook.com/hockeycanada,www.twitter.com/hockeycanada and www.twitter.com/hc_women.

Hometown Hockey Features Burnaby Winter Club as one of its stops

In every Canadian city, town and arena there’s a great hockey story. NHL legend Joe Sakic’s hometown of Burnaby boasts a minor hockey program that has produced big-time NHL talent. Jack McIlhargey, Cliff Ronning, Paul Kariya, Chris Joseph, and Glenn Anderson all played minor hockey out of the Burnaby Winter Club before going onto their NHL careers.

Ron MacLean came to Burnaby, BC, with the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour to celebrate the city’s iconic hockey story.

It was a great weekend outdoor hockey festival packed with interactive activities for all ages.


Enjoy the journey

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:

  1. Why do I want my child to play hockey?
  2. What goals do I have for him/her?
  3. If there are roles, what role do I want them to play?
  4. How will I decide if it’s a successful season?

Then ask you child the same questions.

  1. Why are you playing hockey?
  2. What goals do you have?
  3. What do you think your role will be on the team?
  4. What is a successful season?

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.”

Fortius Sport & Health

BWC Hockey Pool Results

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Register for 2014/15 Winter Season

2014 -2015 BWC TEAM LIST

Terry Schein - General Manager 
Dan Melanson - MHA President 
Maco Balkovec - Hockey Director 
Initiation Hockey
Divisional Manager - Tim Sandhu 
Hockey 2 

Ryan Bremner - Head Coach C1 

Kurt Dalphond - Head Coach C2


Hockey 3 
Burt Henderson - Head Coach C1
Brad Reynolds - Head Coach C2
Hockey 4 
David Boyce - Head Coach C2
Doug Macdonald - Head Coach C1
Bobby Ginnetti - Head Coach C3

Divisional Manager:  Jennifer Iorio 
Jon Calvano - Head Coach A1
Kurt Astle - Head Coach A2
Stefano Ruscitti - Head Coach A3
Glenn Jeffrey - Head Coach A4
Neal Reynolds - Head Coach A5

Divisional Manager:  Sheldon Evers 
Bill Hunt - Head Coach A1 
John Macdonald - Head Coach A2
Ernie Bone - Head Coach A3
Bryan Kim - Head Coach A4

Divisional Manager:  Glenn Jeffrey 
John Batchelor - Head Coach A1 
Kevin Batchelor - Head Coach A2
Angelo Scigliano - Head Coach A3

Divisional Manager:  Remi Rizzo 
Guido Lamberti-Charles - Head Coach A1


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