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Congrats to our PeeWee A3s Provincial Champions!

PeeWee A1s capture the Provincial Championship!

BWC Alum Joe LaLeggia a top 10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award

As Burnaby’s Joey LaLeggia finishes up his college career, he’s in the running to take home one of hockey’s highest honours.

LaLeggia, a senior defenceman for the University of Denver Pioneers, was named one of 10 finalists on Thursday for the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to recognize the top player in the NCAA.

“I was extremely honoured to be mentioned in that way,” LaLeggia said in a phone interview with 24 hours. “It’s a pretty special thing, especially with all the great college players that play, and it just made me reflect on what a great opportunity it was to come down here and further my hockey career.”

LaLeggia has been an offensive threat from the back end each of his four seasons with Denver. The 22-year-old, taken by the Edmonton Oilers in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Draft, has 13 goals and 25 assists in 34 games for the Pioneers this year.

LaLeggia played his minor hockey out of the Burnaby Winter Club, suited up for the Vancouver North West Giants at the midget level and spent two productive seasons with the BCHL’s Penticton Vees before joining the Pioneers. He’s one of only two blueliners named a Hobey Baker finalist this year.

“The other defenceman, Mike Reilly (of the University of Minnesota), he’s another Penticton Vees alumni, so that was also a nice touch,” said LaLeggia.

Past Hobey Baker winners include Vancouver Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller, former Canucks forward Brendan Morrison and B.C. native Paul Kariya. Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau received the honour in 2014.

Denver is looking to defend its National Collegiate Hockey Conference title this weekend, facing Miami (Ohio) in a Friday semifinal. LaLeggia said he’s had a “great” four years as a Pioneer and hopes they end with a national championship in April.

“I’ve played with some special players and coaches and (being a finalist) is really a tribute to them that they develop players to be put in the position I am today,” said LaLeggia, who was also named the NCHC’s Player of the Year on Thursday.

The winner will be determined by a 27-member committee and fan vote taking place here. Three finalists will be unveiled on April 2, though LaLeggia said he’s more concerned about his team’s chances in the playoffs than his chances to win the award.

“I don’t really see how it wouldn’t be Jack Eichel’s to win,” LaLeggia said, speaking of the Boston University freshman expected to be a top-two pick in this year’s NHL Draft.

“I’m just going to focus on doing my best to ensure my team goes as far as we can throughout this playoff run.” 

Article here: http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2015/03/19/burnabys-laleggia-honoured-by-hobey-baker-nod

2015 Spring Break Training Camp

Join this half day hockey development camp over spring break at the Burnaby Winter Club. Camp targets on ice skating and puck control, conditioning and agility through game specific skill training with the POWER EDGE PRO, the world's most effective hockey training system.

This camp will feature POWER EDGE PRO (www.poweredgepro.com) the Ultimate On-Ice Trainer. There is a major shift in how on ice training will be done from this point forward. The Power Edge Pro training system will be the difference maker. The skating patterns and training methods are exclusive to Power Edge Pro. The Power Edge Pro training system utilizes a patented training system that is proprietary to our company. Jon Calvano will be providing key points that PEP Focuses on: Stick handling and puck movement, edge control, upper body coordination, constant quick feet action, read and react skills, change of direction, creativity, game situation and intensity training, and speed training.

Session Information

Dates: March 16-20

Coaches: Stefano Ruscitti and Jon Calvano

Location: Burnaby Winter Club

Cost: $250/week

Program Layout :

Group #1 05/06:

9:10-10:10am – PEP Training 

10:20-11:20am – PEP Training


Group #2 03/04:

1:10-2:10pm – PEP Training

2:20-3:20pm – PEP Training

To Register email :

Stefeno at: ruscitti71@gmail.com

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!

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.  

We will have online registration ready to go shortly. 

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. 

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.”

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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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