The Burnaby Winter Club (BWC) was founded on May 29, 1956 as the Burnaby Curling Club and incorporated under the Societies Act of the Province of British Columbia. On April 18, 1956 the Club changed its name to reflect the multi-sport dynamics of the activities at the time. It became the Burnaby Winter Club and its constitution was amended to include hockey and figure skating.
Over more recent years, with the success of the Vancouver Canucks, hockey has become the predominant sport at the Club. Current membership participation is reflected in the interest for premiere hockey development. The Figure Skating Club is a good complement to the hockey program for family members, and is a separate body from the Minor Hockey Association (MHA). Minor hockey and figure skating have their own representation on the Board of Directors. The Club added an Academy in 2013, partnering with Burnaby Central Secondary School, and has seen it become one of the strongest in Canada.
The Club takes pride in the fact that NHL players such as; Jack McIlhargey, Cliff Ronning, Paul Kariya, Chris Joseph, and Glenn Anderson all played their minor hockey out of the Burnaby Winter Club. There are a number of other players that have played at the professional ranks, both in North America, in Europe leagues, and in Russia that compromise a very impressive Alumni group. More recently these include NHLers Greg Zanon, Michael Santorelli, Karl Alzner and Ryan Nugent Hopkins.
One of the unique aspects of a membership at the Burnaby Winter Club is the many elite members who themselves played their minor hockey at the BWC. There is no greater commendation for the program than when a former participant chooses to bring their offspring to the hockey program. By way of example, BWC Alum and NHLer Cliff Ronning had his son Ty Ronning play at the club. Ty was drafted this year by the New York Rangers. Another Alum with NHL experience, Doug Macdonald, currently coaches his son Noah.
The benefit of these former professional players returning to the Club is that they bring hockey knowledge and skills at a very high level that ends up being shared with all the current developing participants. Herein is the meaning of our motto “Where Tradition Inspires Excellence”.
As a Not-for-Profit Society, the Burnaby Winter Club relies very much on volunteer support. Members and participants pay a small premium to belong to the Burnaby Winter Club. They are expected to contribute time at a personal level when and wherever possible. The Club makes every effort to align with the Hockey Canada Development Model. Quality coaches are attracted to the Burnaby Winter Club because of its reputation for excellence in hockey development and its proven winning tradition.
As a BWC member, you also are a shareholder in the Society, and upon dissolution would be entitled to a share of the net proceeds. The Burnaby Winter Club owns the valuable land upon which it currently sits on as a classic Burnaby landmark on Canada Way.
The BWC Minor Hockey Association has grown to host up to 20 teams from Initiation to Midget (4 to 18 years old). The MHA has proven to be a perennial winner in the Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association (PCAHA) and BC Hockey over the past 60 years. This attitude is part of our culture, a perpetual objective and expected to continue well into the future. We encourage you to consider becoming part of our family. A rewarding journey building life skills as a part of the players’ fibre and always delivers lifelong friendships. The Club environment is to be fun, support higher hockey programs to flourish in the community while proclaiming its hockey development opportunities are based on excellence, simply to be the best or second to none!