For Immediate Release
March 25, 2022
Saanichton, B.C. - BC Hockey is proud to announce the Male U16 hockey staff for the 2022-23 Program of Excellence (POE) season.
Brad Bowen has been named the head coach and will lead BC Hockey's U16 Male Team BC for the first time during the 2022-23 season. He will be joined by two first-time assistant coaches in Cam Barker, who spent last season as the assistant coach of the Penticton Vees (BCHL), and Chris Shaw, who has worked with the Vancouver NW Hawks in the BCEHL for the previous four seasons. Video Coach Wes McLeod, who just completed his sixth season coaching in the BCEHL with the U17 AAA Valley West Giants, will also join the coaching U16 Male POE staff for his first season.
The Hockey Operations Staff will see Athletic Therapist Lydia Maxwell return for her third season with the POE program. Equipment Manager & Trainer Les Cleverly also returns for his third season with the POE squad. The team is also bolstered by the addition of Strength and Conditioning Coach Matt Davey who is returning for his sixth season.
"We are very excited to add Brad Bowen as the head coach of our U16 Male POE Program for this season" Commissioner, Program of Excellence Fred Zweep said, "We feel Brad and his staff will do a tremendous job in developing the players and preparing them to find success at the Canada Winter Games and beyond."
Regional Camps are scheduled to begin at the end of March and the start of April, with five separate camps taking place. For full information on the Male POE Regional Camp, visit our POE website page HERE.
Following Regional Camps, a selection of players will be invited to move onto the BC Cup, which will be hosted April 21-24, 2022 in Salmon Arm, B.C. After the BC Cup, those selected will move on to the Provincial Camp stage that will take place July 26-29, 2022, in Penticton BC. More information will be released as it becomes available.
Ultimately, 20 players will be selected to represent Team BC at the Canada Winter Games on February 18 - 25, 2023 in Summerside, Prince Edward Island.