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    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.

    Link for Parent Program:

    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.

    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.

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    Maco Balkovec - Hockey Director 
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