BC Hockey announced that registration for the Female Midget AAA (FMAAA) Spring Identification Combines is now open. There will be two (2) combines in preparation for team selection for the 2016-2017 season.
The combines will take place June 3 – 5, 2016 in Langley and Kelowna. Players from the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island zones are encouraged to register for the Langley combine, taking place at Langley Twin Rinks. Players from the Kootenay, Okanagan, and North zones are encouraged to register for the Kelowna combine, which will take place at the Capital News Centre. Zone guidelines can be found here
The cost to attend a combine is $200 plus GST. The registration deadline is Thursday, May 19, 2016.
The combines will feature on and off-ice combine testing by the Western Hockey League (WHL), one (1) skills session, two (2) games, and two (2) seminars featuring alumni from Cornell University and the head scout from the University of Calgary. FMAAA head coaches will be in attendance, as well as National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), and Alberta College Athletic Conference (ACAC) scouts.
WHL combine testing provides comprehensive on and off-ice testing with state-of-the-art equipment. The same equipment and drills are used in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Top Prospects game, and by National Hockey League (NHL) teams such as the Montreal Canadiens, Winnipeg Jets, and Dallas Stars. The WHL combine tests are a comprehensive way to quantify a player’s ability and therefore focus on specific skills for future development.
Players born in 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002 are eligible to register. The final evaluation process will take place at each team’s individual Evaluation Camp in August 2016.
The FMAAA program consists of six (6) zone-based teams across the province – the Fraser Valley Rush (Langley), Greater Vancouver Comets (Coquitlam), Kootenay Wild (Nelson), Northern Capitals (Prince George), Thompson-Okanagan Lakers (Vernon), and Vancouver Island Seals (Campbell River). The teams play a 30 game regular season, followed by the playoffs. The FMAAA Champion has the opportunity to compete for the ESSO Cup, Hockey Canada's National Female Midget Championship, which will take place in Morden, Manitoba in April 2017.
The FMAAA program was initiated in the 2007-2008 season in response to the membership’s desire to provide an opportunity for elite female hockey players to come together on zone teams to challenge other elite female Midget teams. The program has had nearly 100 players
move on to post-secondary hockey opportunities.