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      BWC Prep team home opener tomorrow at 1pm! Come out and see goalie Jack Stradiotti and the rest of the Wildcats as they take on Delta Academy Prep.

      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.”






      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

      3rd annual can-am series set to go this weekend

      Bantam Can Am banner


      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.

      12-Sep Rink Home Visitor
      8:00 AM NSWC NSWC Anaheim Jr Ducks
      8:00 AM BWC POE LA Jr Kings
      9:50AM BWC BWC Bruins Dallas Stars
      9:50AM NSWC OHA Colorado T-Birds
      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

      - See more at: http://www.bchockeyhub.ca/3rd-annual-u14-can-am-schedule-set/#sthash.SJ8N5LhD.dpuf

      Welcome to a new hockey season Hockey 2, 3, and 4 players and families!

      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!


      Maco Balkovec

      Hockey Director


      Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour hits 25 communities

      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!! Hockey 3 Monday, Hockey 4 Wednesday, Hockey 2 Friday. Everyone will be on the ice again on Saturday. More info coming soom!

      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!

      BWC Summer Camp 2014 Thank you

      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!

      Maco Balkovec
      Burnaby Winter Club
      Hockey Director


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      2014 -2015 BWC TEAM LIST

      Len McNeely - General Manager 
      Dan Melanson - MHA President 
      Maco Balkovec - Hockey Director 
      Initiation Hockey
      Divisional Manager - Tim Sandhu 
      Hockey 2 
      Kurt Dalphond - Head Coach C1 
      Ryan Bremner - Head Coach C2

      Hockey 3 
      Burt Henderson - Head Coach C1
      Brad Reynolds - Head Coach C2
      Hockey 4 
      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

      Kyle Rademaker - Head Coach A2

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