BC Hockey was a branch-leader in introducing cross-ice hockey at the Initiation and Novice age groups. While there was plenty of work needed to be done to implement the program, we appreciate all the efforts of those involved to get behind this program which we feel will benefit our youth. After a thorough bid presentation package and an incredible group effort, BC Hockey was awarded the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship to be held in Vancouver and Victoria, and events and pre-tournament games to be held around the province.
BC Hockey players continued to excel on the provincial, national and international stages over this past season. The Beaver Valley Nitehawks captured the 2017 Cyclone Taylor Cup and were silver medalists at the Keystone Cup, the Western Canadian Junior B Championship. The Penticton Vees won the Fred Page Cup, emblematic of the BC Hockey League (BCHL) Championship, and then then hosted the Western Canada Cup earning a berth at the RBC Cup, Canada’s National Junior A Championship. Burnaby Winter Club won the 2017 Western Canada Bantam Championship, bringing the trophy back to BC for the sixth time in seven (7) years. The Female Midget AAA League’s Greater Vancouver Comets went an impressive 29-1 in the regular season and won the league’s playoffs, becoming BC Hockey champions. The Cariboo Cougars won the BC Major Midget League Championship and were terrific hosts of the TELUS Cup, Canada’s National Midget Championship. BC Hockey players competed on Team Canada at various international events including: IIHF World Hockey Championship (1), Ivan Hlinka Memorial U18 tournament (3), World U17 Hockey Challenge (9), IIHF World Junior Championship (4), World Junior A Challenge (8), IIHF Women’s U18 World Championship (4), IIHF Women’s World Championship (1), Women’s Team December Series (3) and IPC Para Ice-Hockey Championship (1).
Not only will BC be hosting the 2019 World Junior Championship, the Branch will also welcome the world to Dawson Creek and Fort St. John when the two (2) communities come together to host the prestigious World Under-17 Hockey Championship taking place November 5-11, 2017. This is the second time that Dawson Creek and Fort St. John will host the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge after an incredibly successful event in 2015.
It is the hard work and dedication of countless volunteers across BC and the Yukon that put smiles on kids’ faces, makes hockey happen and let’s us share in the many accomplishments we have seen this year. Each season brings new challenges, but by working together we can continue to meet them head on in our efforts to lead, develop and promote positive lifelong hockey experiences.
BC Hockey Chair of the Board