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Male U17 BC Cup Returns to Salmon Arm
Thursday, February 12, 2009

BC Hockey announced today that the Sunwave Centre in Salmon Arm has been selected as the host site for the Male U17 BC Cup with competition set to take place April 30 – May 3, 2009.  The top 120 male U17 hockey players born in 1993 from across BC will be attending this prestigious event.  Salmon Arm has played an instrumental role in the BC Hockey High Performance Program, consistently hosting first class high performance competitions.

BC Hockey will be holding U17 district camps in the Kootenays, Okanagan, Lower Mainland, North and Vancouver Island from March 27-29, to select 20 players from each zone to compete at this prominent event.  Male U17 district camps are by invitation only.

Over 3,000 players are eligible for participation at the U17 district camps and are evaluated throughout the season, a process coordinated by BC Hockey district evaluators. 46 players from each district will be invited by the District Evaluator, to attend their District Camp.  There will be 276 players in total invited to attend six (6) District Camps across BC.  The players must be born in 1993, reside in BC and be male.

“We are pleased to be selected for the 2009 Male U17 BC Cup,” said host chair, Dale Berger of the Shuswap Recreation Society, “We have been fortunate to have worked with BC Hockey staff on numerous occasions and look forward to again being part of one of the best High Performance programs in Canada.”

The BC Hockey Male Under 17 High Performance Program is an introduction to International High Performance Hockey which involves a series of short term camps and competitions just as our national teams are exposed to it at a higher level. In addition, the Under 17 program is a pre-cursor to the well-established Hockey Canada Program of Excellence, consisting Canada’s Under 18, World Junior and Men’s National Teams.

Some notable BC Hockey Male High Performance graduates who have competed in the Program include:

  • Joe Sakic of the Colorado Avalanche (Team Lower Mainland 1985)
  • Scott Niedermayer of the Anaheim Ducks (Team Kootenay 1989)
  • Rob Niedermayer of the Anaheim Ducks (Team Kootenay 1990)
  • Paul Kariya of the St. Louis Blues (Team Lower Mainland 1990)
  • Shawn Horcoff of the Edmonton Oilers (Team Kootenay 1994)
  • Matt Pettinger of the Tampa Bay Lightning (Team Vancouver Island 1996) 
  • Chuck Kobasew of the Boston Bruins (Team Okanagan 1999) 
  • Dan Hamhuis of the Nashville Predators (Team North 1999) 
  • Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks (Team Okanagan 2000) 
  • Brent Seabrook of the Chicago Blackhawks  (Team Greater Vancouver 2001)
  • Gilbert Brule of the Columbus Blue Jackets (Team Greater Vancouver 2003) 
  • Karl Alzner of the Washington Capitals (Team Greater Vancouver 2004) 
  • Kyle Turris of the Phoenix Coyotes (Team Greater Vancouver 2005)

For more information about the BC Hockey High Performance program, please visit the BC Hockey website at or email .



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