Friday, April 03, 2009
BC Hockey announced today the schedule for the Male Under 17 BC Cup at the Sunwave Centre in Salmon Arm from April 30 – May 3, 2009. The top 120 male U17 hockey players born in 1993 from BC will be attending this prestigious event. Six (6) District Camps were held March 27-29 in the Kootenays, Okanagan, Lower Mainland, North and Vancouver Island.
Male U17 BC Cup Schedule
Over 3,000 players were eligible for participation at the U17 district camps and were evaluated throughout the season, a process coordinated by BC Hockey district evaluators. 46 players from each district were invited by the District Evaluator, to attend their District Camp. 276 players in total were invited to attend the six (6) District Camps in BC.
“Once again we start the process as seen firsthand last December in Port Alberni. This group of players are preparing for this December in Timmons Ontario. As in Port Alberni we in High Performance are confident that this group of players will contribute to Team Pacific 2010,” said Russ Weber Male High Performance Coordinator. “The city of Salmon Arm has in the past being an excellent host for our venue and we do not expect anything but the best from Salmon Arm and the 120 players competing for one of 46 spots at Summer Development Camp in July in Nanaimo.”
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)
Paul Kariya of the St. Louis Blues (Team Lower Mainland 1990)
Shawn Horcoff of the Edmonton Oilers (Team Kootenay 1994)
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