DALLAS — Golden is word that not only describes where Curtis McKenzie is from but also his young professional hockey career.
A lot has happened in the last year for the 23-year-old native of the scenic East Kootenay community. Nearly all of it has been good.
McKenzie, fresh out of Miami University in Ohio, was the AHL’s rookie of the year last season while playing for the Willie Desjardins-coached Texas Stars. This past Saturday night, he played his first NHL game for the Dallas Stars. Tuesday night, he played his second one against the Vancouver Canucks, the team he grew up rooting for as a kid in Golden.
There aren’t as many Canucks fans in Golden any more. The whole town is behind McKenzie, just the second Golden native to play in the NHL.
“It is so special,” McKenzie said Tuesday of the support from his hometown. “Throughout my whole hockey career they have always been behind me, always curious about how I am doing. My parents say people are always coming up to them and asking about me. It’s nice knowing they are all there supporting me. It’s a great community to be a part of. I love getting back there every summer and hanging out.”
McKenzie was back there this past summer and this time he brought a friend. McKenzie took the Calder Cup back to Golden and hoisted it atop Kicking Horse Mountain, à la fellow East Kootenay native Scott Niedermayer, who a few years ago took the Stanley Cup to the top of Fisher Peak in the southern Rocky Mountains near his Cranbrook home.
“That’s where I got the idea,” McKenzie said. “Scott Niedermayer with the Stanley Cup on the mountain in Cranbrook. That has always been the vision in my head I wanted to do. It’s not quite the Stanley Cup yet. But the Calder Cup is a close second.”
During his tour of Golden with the Calder Cup, McKenzie was joined by Doug Barrault, the only other Golden product to play in the NHL. Barrault, now 44, played four games in the NHL with the Minnesota North Stars and Florida Panthers.
“It was pretty cool this summer,” McKenzie said. “I had the Calder Cup out to Golden and he came out and had his ring from when he won (a championship) with the Chicago Wolves. it was pretty awesome.”
McKenzie, who played two seasons with the BCHL’s Penticton Vees before heading south to college, was a sixth-round draft pick (159th overall) of the Stars in 2009. Desjardins, now the Canucks coach, didn’t know what he was getting when McKenzie joined his Texas team.
“One time, I didn’t know if he was going to make it in the American League, if he was a fourth-line guy,” Desjardins said before Tuesday’s game. “He just worked so hard to get here.”
McKenzie, a winger, had 27 goals and 65 points with the Texas Stars last season. He credits Desjardins and his staff, which included current Canuck assistant Doug Lidster, with helping him develop quickly as a pro.
“They helped me get to this point immensely last year,” he said. “How much they developed me and believed in me and the confidence they gave myself. I grew so much mentally and as a player under those two. I was very lucky to walk into a team with them and have them believe in me so much.”
Saturday’s NHL debut, attended by his parents and grandparents as well as a couple of his buddies, was a night he will never forget. He fell for one of the oldest tricks in the books during the pre-game warm-up.
“The guys got me to lead the charge out,” McKenzie said. “So I was all fired up and I was flying out there and as I went out there they all stopped at the gate and I did two long laps by myself.
“I bit pretty hard on it. That was a pretty cool moment and it helped make me feel a lot more comfortable with the team here and made me a lot looser. It was a bit embarrassing, but it was pretty funny, too.”
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 is coming to Burnaby, BC, with the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour to celebrate the city’s iconic hockey story.
You’re invited to join our free weekend outdoor hockey festival packed with interactive activities for all ages.
Bill Copeland Sports Centre
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Two Burnaby women made the roster of 58 players attending an evaluation camp for Canada’s national women’s team in Calgary this week. Players from this roster will be chosen to represent Canada at the 2015 IIHF ice hockey Women’s world championship in Malmo, Sweden, next April.
Formerly of the Burnaby Winter Club, Kimberly Newell is one of 16 goaltenders asked to attend the camp, which serves as an opportunity for the players to showcase their talents for the national team’s coaching staff and Team Canada scouts.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity for the next generation of players to push for spots, so we’re expecting a very competitive camp to kick off the 2014/15 season,” said Melody Davidson, Hockey Canada’s general manager of national women’s team programs, in a press release.
Newell, who turns 19 on Oct. 4, was also the youngest goalie named to Hockey Canada’s national women’s development team selection camp held in August.
Newell currently plays for the United States’ Princeton University but helped Canada’s under-18 women’s hockey team earn a 2-1 overtime win over the United States at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation world championships in Finland, in January of 2013 (Newell won top sports story of the year in this paper for 2013 for that victory.
Defenceman Kaleigh Fratkin, 22, is also doing Burnaby proud by representing her hometown at the camp. Fratkin helped her former team, the Boston University Terriers, win its third straight Hockey East women’s hockey championship in the spring and was one of 40 players named to the
2013/14 National Women’s under-22 Development Team Selection Camp. She now plays professionally for the Boston Blades of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League and is one of 20 from that league selected for the fall festival camp.
The roster announcement was made Sept. 17 and the Canada national women’s team fall festival runs Sept. 22 to 28 at the MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.
The players will be further evaluated at coming events before the final 2015 championship roster is announced.
TORONTO -- Chris Joseph suited up for 19 seasons of professional hockey -- including 14 years in the NHL -- but even after a lengthy career at the sport's top level, he still remembers the sting of disappointment he felt after being cut from a team as a kid.
"I was always the type of player that if I did get negative feedback from a coach -- and I did a lot -- I took it personally a lot of times," recalled the former defenceman, who grew up in Burnaby, B.C.
"But never once did I ever think: 'That coach is out to lunch,' or 'That coach is completely wrong.' I thought: 'Well, I have to be better. ...' And maybe to a fault -- maybe I was even too hard on myself. But I think that attitude helped me look within and try to be better all the time."
"There's a lot of criticism when teams are selected as to how the process is done. Everybody questions it. And a lot of them think that their kid should be on the higher team," he said. "I've found that over the years that occasionally one or two kids will fall through the cracks or they'll get higher than they should be. But for the most part, most kids usually end up about where they should be. And yet, if you talk to Mom and Dad lots of times, their kid's gotten the raw end of the deal."
Joseph said while almost every parent will be disappointed when their child is cut, they have to be realistic about the youngster's abilities.
"Is it his skating is not up to speed? Is it he doesn't play the position as well as somebody else?" he asked. "A lot of parents will look at their son or daughter's strengths and they'll look past some of their weaknesses as a player."
Joseph echoes a chorus of experts who say parents should focus on encouraging kids after they are cut rather than levelling critiques against coaches.
"A typical example we see from parents is that when their kids are cut, they get really upset themselves which doesn't help their children," said Natalie Durand-Bush, associate professor of sport psychology at the University of Ottawa.
"They'll blame the coaches, they'll blame the politics of the sport -- some of this could be true. But instead of helping the child -- just identify(ing) their strengths and weaknesses and try(ing) to bring it down to something they can control, to keep working hard to maybe try again next time and make the team the next year, they get really upset. They blame the association, they start writing nasty letters to the association to say: 'How could they cut their child? Their child is the best out there. ...'
"I think that really confuses the child more than anything," added Durand-Bush, who also works as a mental performance consultant with athletes as young as nine years old.
"There's so many things that you can't control in competitive sport. So if your child is cut, you can go and ask questions for sure. But I think in the end, if you can go back to your child and help them maintain their confidence and their motivation to keep going those two aspects, to me, are key.
The disappointment Joseph experienced not making the roster as a child he now sees through the eyes of sons Jaxon, 17, playing his last year of midget hockey and Brett, 12, who's in his second year of peewee.
"With my own children, I try to be very realistic," he said. "I've never once told them that a coach that has cut them has cut them because they don't like them.... I've always said: 'There's something about your game maybe that he doesn't like as much as the next kid, but it's your job to do something about that -- so what are you going to do?'
"For the most part, my kids have stayed at a relatively high level, but it's because I think they've both pushed hard to get better. And at the end of the day, I think they enjoy the game, so that's the biggest reason why they keep coming back."
"Ask them for some feedback on: 'What can I do to become a better player?' Or: 'What were my shortcomings for not making the team?' and 'What is your advice for what I can do to get better so that I can make the cut next time?"' said Grove, a married father of three who has coached girls' and boys' soccer for more than 15 years.
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.”
September 11, 2014 – By Israel Fehr
For the second straight year, the BWC Hockey Academy is set to host the Elite 15 Icebreaker Showcase and the players and coaching staff are ready for game action.
“We’ve been around them for three or four weeks now and I’m just looking to see what they’re like in games and how we’re going to look as the team,”said BWC Elite 15 head coach Leland Mack. How do they compete? What’s their drive? What’s their pregame preparation like?”
Games will be played at Planet Ice Coquitlam and Great Pacific Forum between September 12-14. BWC will face CSSHL rival Yale Hockey Academy as well as the L.A. Jr. Kings, Anaheim Jr. Ducks (OCHC), and the Kent Valley Rainers (Seattle), three highly-rated U.S. programs.
“I like our skill up front, we’ve got a good solid defence, and our goaltending should be solid,” said Mack. “We want to play an exciting move the puck skill game and we have to have patience before we get that game.”
The Delta Wild, Pacific Coast Sea Devils (Victoria), and Okanagan Hockey Academy (Penticton) are also participating in the exhibition tournament. It should be a great starting point as the BWC E-15 team prepares for the CSSHL opening weekend, September 19-21 in Penticton. The quality of competition is strong and the three American teams will provide another challenge.
“I think it would be good to go through some adversity early so we can learn from that,” said Mack. “It’s not all about wins and losses this weekend, it’s about seeing what we got and trying to play the way we want to play.”
The schedule for the 2014 Elite 15 Icebreaker Showcase can be found here.http://www.burnabywinterclub.com/news_article/show/410478?referrer_id=923152
For the third year in a row, the North Shore Winter Club and Burnaby Winter Club Bantam A1 teams are hosting a pre-season ice breaker featuring four top US teams, plus teams from the Okanagan Hockey Academy (Penticton) and the Pursuit of Excellence (Kelowna).
The two Winter Club teams use the tournament to help determine final team selections, while the OHA and PoE teams are already set. The US teams are mainly selected in the spring.
Many of the top players from around the Lower Mainland, the Interior and Alberta, are playing with the OHA and PoE teams this year.
US teams include the Dallas Stars, Anaheim Jr. Ducks, LA Kings and Colorado Thunderbirds.
The format is a round robin with the US and Canadian teams playing each other once each, beginning Friday, September 12. Final playoff games based on seeding from the round robin wrap up on Sunday morning, with the #1 US team vs the #1 Canadian team, at 9:50 am at NSWC, and the #2 teams at the same time at BWC. The three and four seeds will playoff earlier, starting at 8:00 am.
The tournament opens at 8:00 a.m. Friday, September 12; with the Winterhawks hosting the Jr. Ducks at NSWC, and PoE hosting LA Jr. Kings at BWC.
Here’s the full schedule, all games run 1.75 hrs.
|8:00 AM||NSWC||NSWC||Anaheim Jr Ducks|
|8:00 AM||BWC||POE||LA Jr Kings|
|9:50AM||BWC||BWC Bruins||Dallas Stars|
|15:00 PM||NSWC||LA Jr. Kings||NSWC|
|15:00 PM||BWC||Anaheim Jr. Ducks||POE|
|16:50 PM||BWC||BWC Bruins||Colorado T-Birds|
|18:50 PM||BWC||Dallas Stars||OHA|
|8:00 AM||NSWC||NSWC||Dallas Stars|
|8:00 AM||BWC||POE||Colorado T-Birds|
|9:50 AM||BWC||BWC Bruins||Anaheim Jr. Ducks|
|9:50 AM||NSWC||OHA||LA Jr. Kings|
|15:00 PM||NSWC||Colorado T-Birds||NSWC|
|15:00 PM||BWC||Dallas Stars||POE|
|16:50 PM||BWC||Anaheim Jr. Ducks||OHA|
|18:50 PM||BWC||LA Jr. Kings||BWC Bruins|
|8:00 AM||BWC||#4 CDN||#4 USA,|
|9:50 AM||BWC||#2 CDN||#2 USA|
|8:00 AM||NSWC||#3 USA||#3 CDN|
|9:50 AM||NSWC||#1 USA||#1 CDN|
Hello and welcome to the Burnaby Winter Club Initiation Hockey Program! We are incredibly excited as we begin this new year of hockey. We are implementing new ideas, concepts, and curriculum to all of our coaches at each level. Our goal is to provide the best training plans to the best coaching staff, so we can maximize the potential of each player. We want to create a ladder of development that is based on a long-term athletic model that focuses on appropriate skills and mental aptitude while challenging each individual at his own personal level.
However, the primary focus will always be the very thing for which they play hockey: FUN! If we want our kids to truly excel and become the best hockey players they can be, we need to create a better way of doing things, the “BWC Way.” We will focus more on skill development and the finer details of each element rather than on win/loss records. Hockey 2, 3, and 4 players will benefit from skill training and more puck touches.
We are fortunate to have two smaller ice sheets at Burnaby Winter Club, and as a result, we have already seen the impact of being forced to play and develop a game in smaller confines. By introducing small area games at all levels we will be multiplying each player’s puck touches and therefore opportunity for growth and success in today’s highly-skilled, fast-paced, and creative game. When combined with age appropriate training, and practice techniques, our players will achieve accelerated learning and athleticism that leads to faster skill acquisition, greater engagement, higher level development, and most importantly more FUN!
We cannot wait to get on the ice with the players starting next week!
This hockey season, Canadians across the country will get to experience the game they love with the ones they love, along with one of Canada’s favourites – Ron MacLean – as Rogers today unveiled the 25 communities - including our very own Burnaby! - that will be part of the inaugural Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour presented by Scotiabank and Chrysler.
Each week during the 2014-15 NHL season, the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour will roll into a different community across the country with a weekend of free outdoor hockey festivities for all ages, culminating in an outdoor viewing party of an NHL game broadcast every Sunday, with MacLean hosting live onsite from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio (see full list of locations below).
“The passion for hockey in this country is unrivaled. Every Canadian has a connection to the game – it is part of our DNA, it is part of our communities,” said MacLean. “We’re excited to share in this season-long celebration of Canada’s favourite pastime, help grow the game and bring to life those great hockey stories every Sunday.”
Initiation Hockey starts next Monday!! More info coming soon!
Tryouts start this week. Wear this with pride.
New logos going in! Huge Shoutout to Mike Gough, Alex Dick, Brenten Kinnear, Greg Potter and Wayne Aussem for all their work on this!
Special thanks to all of our players who attended this year's BWC Hockey School – AUGUST 25TH – 29TH
It was an exciting week of hockey featuring multiple drills, multiple stations, and cross-ice games. The key to this system is more touches per player + small area = faster skill acquisition. I know the coaches and I had fun and hope the players did as well. I especially enjoyed getting to meet so many of our members and their children and know that we are headed in a great direction as we enter the new season. There were lots of big smiles, sweaty heads, and, of course, some great "cellys" out there telling me that the kids were having a great time playing the game we all love!
Special thanks to our coaches: John Macdonald, Guido Lamberti-Charles, Jordie Armon-Jones , Burt Henderson, Stefano Ruscitti, and Leland Mack for their skill and passion. Also a big thank you to Alyxa Hepting for running the check-in, Anne and Ibbi for their off-ice program, and to BWC's Kevin Wright for all his work behind the scenes making sure everything ran smoothly!
Now it's on to a new season! Good luck to all our players at tryouts!
Burnaby Winter Club
Len McNeely - General Manager
Dan Melanson - MHA President
Maco Balkovec - Hockey Director
Divisional Manager - Tim Sandhu
Kurt Dalphond - Head Coach C1
Ryan Bremner - Head Coach C2
Burt Henderson - Head Coach C1
Brad Reynolds - Head Coach C2
David Boyce - Head Coach C1
Doug Macdonald - Head Coach C2
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
Max Bader - 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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