Tuesday, November 06, 2007
The stage is set and the girls are ready. BC Hockey’s U18 Female Team BC has spent the last four days preparing for the National Championships beginning tomorrow, November 7, 2007, in Kitchener, Ontario. Thus far the team has taken to the ice for four practice sessions and has completed several off-ice video analysis sessions. In addition to the busy on and off-ice pre-competition preparation schedule, the team has found time to take a trip to the Hockey Hall of Fame to learn more about the National game.
Head coach Greg Hermiston states, “I am happy with where the team is right now, what I envisioned for our pre-staging camp is exactly what has transpired.”
Coach Hermiston also pays tribute to the players’ club team coaches for having gotten these athletes to the required playing level needed for National competition. He feels that as a whole they look much stronger than they did three months ago at provincial camp.
BC Hockey President Al Berg is on hand to support the team and has stated that he is really impressed with the coaching staff and feels as if they have the girl’s best interest at heart.
When asked about the athletes Berg says, “I have been with these players for the last few days and am seeing them really come together, in a short term competition that can play a huge role in a team’s success.”
The 2007 U18 National Championship will kick off this evening with the opening ceremonies scheduled for 6:00 pm EST. Team BC will take the ice tomorrow for their first game against Quebec at 10:00 am EST, all games will be held at the Kitchener Auditorium.
U18 National Championship Schedule
Members of Team BC have gone through the Female High Performance Program, and evaluations have been completed at all four stages.
U18 Zone Camps (First week of January 2007, province wide)
U18 Cup (April 18-22, Salmon Arm, BC)
U18 Provincial Development Camp (August 13-19, Nanaimo, BC)
U18 Pre-Staging Camp (Nov, 3-6, Kitchener, ONT)
Team BC Roster
Director of Operations Cal Grunerud has complimented the great work of the host organizing committee in Kitchener, “They have been top class thus far and have accommodated the team in every way.”
Echoing coach Hermiston’s comments Grunerud believes team BC is ready and looks forward to the challenges ahead.
For more information about BC Hockey High Performance Program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.