The BC Hockey Male Under 16 Provincial Camp got underway yesterday in Penticton at the South Okanagan Event Centre. The five (5) day camp will include on and off-ice activities, and will introduce high performance athletes to the most up to date information and concepts as they relate to both National and International levels of hockey.
The players were able to register with ease and quickly transitioned to their new team. Each team includes a Youth Group leader. The four (4) group leaders are Curtis Lazar (Vernon, BC), Matt Needham (Penticton, BC), Luke Bertolucci (Montrose, BC) and Ayrton Nikkel (Kelowna, BC); all products of the High Performance Program and won gold at the 2011 Canada Winter Games.
Jeff Compton conducted fitness testing on all players in the afternoon. The tests that the players went through were Fitness Runs, Agility Tests and Strength Tests. The top players for each test were:
- Squats (135lbs) – Josh Thrower, Team Canucks – 47
- Bench Press (135lbs) – Holden Wilkerson, Team Bruins – 28
- Chin-ups – Ryan Kelm, Team Bruins – 24
- Fitness Run #1 – Medium Intensity Level – Ryan Kelm, Team Bruins – Level 62
- Fitness Run #2 – High Intensity Level – Kyle Westeringh, Team Canucks – Level 20 \
The day concluded with four (4) practices ran by the High Performance 1 Coach seminar delegates. These coaches come from a wide variety of backgrounds and levels (Pro to Minor Hockey) and bring an element to the BC High Performance Program.
The 70 players invited to attend the camp were selected based on performances at the U16 BC Cup that was held in Kamloops, BC from April 27 – May 1, 2011. Based on performance at the Provincial Camp, 20 players will be selected to Team BC which will compete at the Western Branch Challenge in Moose Jaw, SK from October 28-31, 2011.
The BC Hockey High Performance Under 16 Program is designed as an introduction to BC Hockey’s High Performance Program, exposing players, coaches and officials to short term competition. The U16 Program also acts as a precursor to the BC Hockey High Performance U17 Program, which is used to identify and train players and team personnel for Provincial, Regional and National Teams.