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    Burnaby Winter Club PW A3 display their Christmas Spirit

    Group of 12 year olds adopt a family for the Holiday Season 

    By Mike Beasley 

    The Burnaby Winter Club and its PW A3 team made this past Holiday Season a very special one for one local family.

    Head coach Ernie Bone and his squad decided to get into the Christmas spirit and adopt a needy family in the area. 

    “The Burnaby Winter Club prides itself on developing excellent hockey players but more importantly they try to produce good, caring young people,” said Bone.

    “Adopting a family in need gave the kids a great opportunity to work together and help someone out that truly would benefit from their efforts.”

    The Bantam and Midget teams within the Winter Club have been adopting families at Christmas time for the last couple of years and Bone thought it would be a great idea if his team gave up their time for the cause.

    The Winter Club supports the idea and likes any initiative that will develop the player’s character and benefit the Burnaby community.

    “I approached the parent group about the idea of adopting a family and they were very receptive and positive about their children helping others who were less fortunate,” Bone explained.

    Once the parents and kids were on board there was no stopping the budding hockey players.

    They raised funds, bought food and presents for a Burnaby single mom with twin 18 month old boys.

    Similar to the ice, the fund-raising was a full team effort and provided the youngsters with a fantastic learning opportunity.

    They had to learn how to calculate how much things cost and generate enough money to be able to pay for these items. Once enough money was raised the boys went to the store and made the purchases. 

     “The look on the mother’s face when we showed up at her door with food and presents was so rewarding to the players, I was very proud of my players for completing this very impressive display of charity,” Bone said.

     “Watching the little boys open their presents was also a special moment for my players. Adopting a family is something I would definitely do again with any other team I coach. The reward is so high.”

    On the ice, Bone is in his first full season with the PW A3 team after serving as an assistant coach with the Pee Wee 2 last year.

    His newly inherited squad ended up with a trip to the provincials in 2014-2015 and is looking for a repeat this time with him behind the bench.

    “I’m expecting us to have a really good second half, we seem to be peaking at the right time,” Bone admitted.

    The PW A3 will be participating at a spring break tournament in Richmond, B.C. with the season long goal of attending the Provincials in West Vancouver, B.C. in March.

    BWC Alumni Cameron Ginnetti committed to Clarkson University

    Canucks Bo Horvat and Bauer met with our PeeWee A1s before their trip to Quebec

    Atom A3s with silver medal from Abby, bronze from PoMo Tourneys

    Pat Quinn Classic with 3 BWC Alumni together: Cliff Ronning, Mason Dunsford, and Kenndal McArdle

    PeeWee A1 Pat Quinn Classic Champs

    Atom A4s capture Juan de Fuca Tourney!

    BWC Atom A1s win TBird Christmas Tourney

    Our Bantam A1s visit U. of Notre Dame for STX Shootout

    Congrats to Atom A1, BWC Tourney Champs!

    Congrats to Atom A4, Kelowna Tourney Champs!

    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.”

    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.

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    Please turn your certificate into the office upon completion.

    Thank you,

    Maco Balkovec

    BWC Director of Hockey

    New York Islanders Select Mathew Barzal In First Round

    SUNRISE, FL, June 25, 2015 - Seattle Thunderbirds center Mathew Barzal was selected by the New York Islanders in the first round, 16th overall, of the 2015 NHL Draft this evening in Sunrise, Florida, at the BB&T Center.

    The Islanders moved up in the draft to select Barzal. The Islanders traded defenseman Griffin Reinhart to the Edmonton Oil Kings to acquire the 16th and 33rd selections in the draft.

    Barzal is the 15th T-Bird to be selected in the first round of the NHL Draft. The last T-Bird to be selected in the first round of the NHL Draft was defenseman Shea Theodore in 2013. Theodore was taken 26th overall by the Anaheim Ducks.

    Barzal, an 18-year-old from Coquitlam, British Columbia, just finished his second season with the T-Bird and had 57 points on 12 goals and 45 assists.

    He had four goals and four assists in six playoff games. In two seasons with the T-Birds Barzal has 111 points on 26 goals and 85 assists in 103 games.

    Barzal was ranked number 11 in the NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings for 2015 Draft eligible players.

    He was invited to Hockey Canada's Summer Showcase on Wednesday. He will attend Canada's World Junior Development Camp in Calgary. This is the first step in identifying the 22 players that will represent Canada at the 2016 World Junior Championship.

    Barzal won a bronze medal with Team Canada at the 2015 Under-18 World Championship April 16-26 in Zug and Lucerne, Switzerland. He led Canada in scoring with three goals and nine assists in seven games. This total put him in a tie for third in scoring at the Championship.

    Barzal was a member of Team Canada's Under-18 Team that won Gold at the 2014 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, August 11 to August 16, 2014 in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia. He had two goals and five assists for seven points to tie for the team lead in points.

    Barzal was part of Team Canada's U-18 National Team that won Bronze at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Finland in April 2014. He had three goals and one assist for four points in seven games.

    The second through seventh rounds of the Draft start Saturday at 7am from the BB&T Center. It is expected left wing Ryan Gropp, right wing Keegan Kolesar and defenseman Ethan Bear will be selected.


    The T-Birds announced their 2015-16 regular season schedule on Wednesday.


    The Seattle Thunderbirds home opener for the 2015-16 season is Saturday, October 3, against the Prince George Cougars at 7:05pm at ShoWare Center.


    T-Birds single game tickets for the 2015-16 season will go on sale Wednesday, August 26, at 10am. Fans will be able to purchase single game tickets online or at the ShoWare Center box office.

    T-Birds 2015-16 season tickets are currently on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.

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