Western Canada Bantam Champs 2017! Back to back!
Warman, SK – The BWC Bruins stormed to a dominant 9-2 victory over the Sask Valley Vipers on Sunday to be crowed 2017 Western Bantam Champions. BWC, who went undefeated with a 4-0-0 record to advance to the championship game, capped off an outstanding season, while losing only one game all year – in overtime.
The Bruins went 20-0-0 in regular season play, before going 7-0-1 in PCAHA Division 1 play. They went 6-0-0 through the postseason to advance to the Western Bantam Championships.
This marks the second consecutive championship for BWC, who defended their title after defeating the Rocky Mountain Raiders in last year’s final, held in Okotoks, AB.
BWC was led up front by Kalen Szeto, who averaged 3 points-per-game, with 5 goals and 15 points through 5 games. Teammate Kyler Kovich led the tournament with 7 goals – and 13 points – through 5 games. 2003-born Trevor Wong played a key part of the equation for BWC, with 10 points in the tournament. In net, Koen MacInnes posted an excellent 3-0-0 record with a 950 SV% to help backstop his team. BWC posted a 23-8 goal differential throughout the tournament, and never allowed more than 2 goals against in any of their 5 games.
Bantam A1 Provincial Champs!
PeeWee A2 Provincial Champs!
BWC PeeWee A2 Tier 2 Playoff Champs
Atom A1s win PCAHA Championship
Atom A2s win Presidents Series
Bantam A2 win Final Four! On to Provincials
Congrats to our Bantam A1, PeeWee A1, Atom A1 and Atom A4 on winning their League Banners
A great weekend for our Atom A3s at the Apex Outdoor Tourney
Burnaby Winter Club hockey factory
Burnaby Winter Club has 3 graduates playing at the World Junior hockey tournament. Just the latest success story for 60-year-old club. Jay Janower has more.
Hockey Canada has named the 22 players who will represent Team Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec and 2 BWC players, Matt Barzal and Dante Fabbro, have made the list. Also, Adam Musil has been named to Team Czech Republic.
Matt Barzal and Dante Fabbro came to BWC for Initiation hockey. The 2 played together on the 2009 PeeWee AAA team that went to the Finals in Tournoi International de Hockey PeeWee. In 2012 Barzal, Fabbro and Adam Musil helped the Bantam AAA team win the Western Canadian Championships.
After BWC, Barzal suited for the Vancouver North East Chiefs of the BC Major Midget League. He then moved on to the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) Seattle Thunderbirds and was drafted sixteenth overall in the 2015 National Hockey League (NHL) Draft by the New York Islanders. He played 2 games in the NHL this season with the Islanders before returning to Seattle. Barzal was a member of the 2016 National Junior Team and was selected for the best player award for Canada.
Dante Fabbro currently plays for the Boston University Terriers in the Hockey East Conference after a successful career with the Penticton Vees of the BCHL where he scored 100 points (18 G, 82 A) in 91 games. A Nashville Predators first round draft pick, Fabbro also played MML for the Vancouver North West Giants.
Adam Musil plays in the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) for the Red Deer Rebels where he is the Captain of the team this season. In 226 WHL games he has 58 G, 80 A, for 138 points. He has played in the WHL since 2012. Before joining Red Deer he played for the Greater Vancouver Canadians after finishing his time at BWC.
The puck will officially drop on the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, a Canadian holiday tradition, on December 26, 2016 in Montreal and Toronto. The players will don the maple leaf on home ice for the first time since 2015 when Canada won gold in front of a sold-out crowd of over 19,000 fans at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. This year, gold will be won in Montreal.
Canada plays three (3) pre-tournament games as part of the RBC Road to the World Juniors prior to opening the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto on Boxing Day against Russia at 5:00PM PT. Team Canada will then face its United States rivals on New Year’s Eve at 12:30PM PT to close out preliminary-round action from Toronto before moving to the Bell Centre in Montreal. Extensive coverage of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship is planned by TSN and RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada, including Canada’s three (3) pre-tournament games; check local listings for details.
For more information on Hockey Canada, Canada’s National Junior Team, and the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow along via social media on Facebook and Twitter, as well as #WorldJuniors.
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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.”
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