Tuesday, August 19, 2008
BC Hockey announced today the twenty-one (21) players short listed for the 2009 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge, hosted by the Port Alberni Region from December 29, 2008 to January 4, 2009. The evaluation process of the short listed players will now begin and last until mid November when the team staff will select the eleven (11) players to represent one half of Team Pacific. The selected BC players will join the eleven (11) players from Alberta, to form the 2009 version of Team Pacific.
2008-2009 Team Pacific Short List
“The Team Pacific Staff is excited about the 21 athletes that have been short-listed and advanced to the final stage of the selection process. We extended the list to 21 from 18 this year because as a staff we believed that each player selected has a legitimate opportunity to play for Team Pacific,” said Tim Kehler, head coach of Team Pacific.
The players were evaluated during the BC Hockey Male Under 17 High Performance Provincial Development Camp held from July 21-26, at the Nanaimo Ice Centre. The players were selected from the 49 that attended the camp. Attending the Provincial Development Camp was an accomplishment for each invitee and they will be able to build off this experience as they continue to develop.
The Provincial Development camp was a week of on-ice training and fitness sessions and a number of off-ice activities. The camp was hi-lighted by the Ted Hargreaves Memorial Cup, which has a highly contested 3-game series, between Team Canucks and Team Stars. Team Stars won the series 2-1.
“Our group could not be happier about the week in Nanaimo. The 49 participants competed well throughout a very demanding week, hi-lighted by Game 2 which was played in Port Alberni, host site for the World U-17 Challenge. The Camp Staff did a tremendous job with the kids on and off the ice, and Malaspina College proved to once again be a great facility for the premier event in BC High Performance Hockey,” said Kehler following the conclusion of the camp.
The participants of the BC Hockey Male U17 High Performance Provincial Development Camp have now completed the first stage of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence. The objective of the program is to introduce players and coaches to world international style competition and IIHF playing rules. This program assists with the identification and training of players and coaches for the National Under 18 Team, National Junior Team and the Canadian Olympic Team.
The Team Pacific coaching staff will now evaluate the players over the first half of the season, “With both BC and Alberta now down to their respective short-listed players, our Staff is very excited about the talent that we will have to select from to create a Team Pacific that will endeavor to earn the regions first gold medal,” said Kehler.
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