Wednesday, December 19, 2012
BC Hockey announced December 19, 2012 the rosters for the 2013 Major Midget League All Star Game that will be held Friday, January 18, 2013 at 7:00pm. The game will take place as the kick-off of the Major Midget League weekend that will be held at the Langley Events Centre from January 19-20, 2013.
Team Red Coaching Staff
Head Coach – James Eccles (Okanagan Rockets)
Assistant Coach – Doneau Menard (Vancouver North East Chiefs)
Assistant Coach – Tom Spencer (Valley West Hawks)
Trainer - Kim Penner (Valley West Hawks)
Team White Coaching Staff
Head Coach – Clint Thornton (Vancouver North West Giants)
Assistant Coach – Trevor Sprague (Cariboo Cougars)
Assistant Coach – Leland Mack (Greater Vancouver Canadians)
Trainer - Rick Brown (Cariboo Cougars)
All Star Game Manager - David Michaud (Okanagna Rockets)
Forty-two players (12 defensemen, 24 forwards and 6 goaltenders) have been selected, with at least one (1) player representing each of the 11 Major Midget League teams. Players were evaluated on their on-ice and off-ice performance by the All Star Game selection committee.
The League Weekend will see 10 out of the 11 teams of the Major Midget League come together to play two (2) doubleheaders. The matchups for the League Weekend are: Greater Vancouver Canadians vs. Cariboo Cougars, Vancouver North West Giants vs. Thompson Blazers, Fraser Valley Thunderbirds vs. Okanagan Rockets, Valley West Hawks vs. Kootenay Ice and Vancouver North East Chiefs vs. North Island Silvertips. The South Island Royals have a bye weekend.
Some notable Major Midget League graduates who have competed in the All Star Game include:
· Griffin Reinhart of the Edmonton Oil Kings (Team Blue 2010)
· Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Edmonton Oilers (Team White 2009)
· Brett Connolly of the Tampa Bay Lighting (Team White 2008)
· Evander Kane of the Winnipeg Jets (Team White 2007)
The BC Hockey Major Midget League was established in 2004 to provide elite level 15, 16 and 17 year olds an opportunity to play within their own age group at a high level and be developed for the next level of hockey. These teams have an opportunity each year to compete for the National Midget Championship.