BC Hockey U16 Final Roster – 50/50 – Academy/BCMML

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BC Hockey has announced the final 20 picks for this year’s U16 team, which will compete in the 2015 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, October 28-November 1, at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary.

The players were chosen from a short list of 25 who had advanced through a group of 44 attending a five day camp Nanaimo, BC in mid-July. One goalie, two D and two forwards were released.

This year the annual selection process started in late April with an invitational camp (formerly open) in Salmon Arm, comprised of 120 players.

The North Shore Winter Club, which won the Western Canadian Bantam Championships this spring, placed seven players on the final U16 roster, the most of any single organization.

Ten players were on Canadian Sports School Hockey League teams last season, clearly demonstrating the elite player shift toward the academies.

The Delta Academy, which beat NSWC in all four head to heads last year, placed three players on the team. Okanagan Hockey Academy placed four, Pursuit of Excellence placed two, and the Edge School (Calgary) placed one.

Two minor hockey associations also contributed. Richmond placed two, and Kamloops placed one.

Burnaby Winter Club also placed one.

Where they’re playing this year:

The academy shift continues into the current season, with nine U16 Team BC players electing to continue with or join academy programs, rather than play in the BC Major Midget league.

The three Delta grads are continuing in their home schools, playing with the Delta U18 team; while all four OHA grads are playing with OHA White.

One player, former NSWC goaltender Donovan Buskey, is playing in the PCAHA Midget Tier 1 league with the NSWC Midget A1s.

The remaining 10 players are on Major Midget teams, with the NW Giants organization leading the way with four former NSWC players. Two ex-NSWC players have moved back to their home catchment areas and are playing with the Valley West Hawks.

Two PoE players have moved to the Okanagan Rockets.

Kamloops’ Ryan Chyzowski is staying home to play for the Thompson Blazers, while Aldergrove’s Jordan Naylor is playing for the Fraser Valley T-Birds.

Leland Mack, head coach of the Burnaby Academy E15 team, is head coach of the U16 team, and had this to say regarding the picks this year:

“Some tough decisions, but we are happy with the team that’s going to Calgary. We have a good mix of smarts, skill and size.  We will need to be 20 strong for the whole tournament.  All four provinces are capable of winning.  The entire group is honoured to represent BC and BC Hockey.”

Format

The tournament kicks of October 28 with the first of three round robin games. The semi-final game, featuring third place vs second, goes on Halloween at noon, with the winner advancing to the gold medal game vs the first place finisher, and the loser going to the bronze game vs the fourth place team on November 1.

History

This year will mark the fifth year of the event. The first ever Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup was held in Blackfalds, Alberta in 2009 and featured four of the top eight players selected in the 2012 NHL Draft.

In 2010, the Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup was not contested due to the Canada Winter Games.

In 2011, the Moose Jaw Warriors and Saskatchewan Hockey Association hosted the event at Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

In 2012, the tournament was hosted in Calgary at Father David Bauer Arena, the home of the WHL.

In 2013, the tournament was again hosted in Calgary at Father David Bauer Arena. In 2014, the Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup was not contested, again due to the Canada Winter Games.

Team Alberta is a three time champion of the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, capturing titles in 2009, 2011 and 2013 while Team BC won the event in 2012.

 

Team Make up – Mostly Januarys (see table at end).

This year’s roster includes eight January birth dates, with the remainder, but one, all falling in the first half of the year. The exception, 6’1″ 195 lb, Kabir Gill, of White Rock, who was born on October 8. Liam Kindree, of North Vancouver, is the elder statesman, born January 2, 2000.

 

Final Roster Team BC U16s

# Goalies Hometown DoB Ht Wt 2014-15 2015-16
1 Donovan Buskey North Van 29-Jan 6’2″ 200 NSWC NSWC A1
35 Jordan Naylor Aldergrove 16-Jan 5’10” 155 Richmond FV T-Birds
# Defence Hometown DoB Ht Wt 2014-15
2 Seth Bafaro Revelstoke 16-May 5’10” 160 OHA OHA White
3 Ethan Cap North Van 17-Apr 6’2″ 195 NSWC NW Giants
4 Austin Chorney Abbotsford 23-Mar 6’1″ 200 Edge School Yale U18
5 Kabir Gill White Rock 8-Oct 6’1″ 195 NSWC VW Hawks
6 Matt Leduc Richmond 10-Jan 6’4″ 195 Richmond BWC E15
7 Luke Zazula Langley 18-May 5’8″ 155 Delta HA Delta U18
# Forwards Hometown DoB Ht Wt 2014-15
8 Coleton Bilodeau Coldstream 27-Apr 6’1″ 170 POE OK Rockets
9 Brendan Budy Langley 6-Jun 5’8″ 150 Delta HA Delta U18
10 Luka Burzan Surrey 7-Jan 6’0″ 170 NSWC VW Hawks
11 Ryan Chyzowski Kamloops 14-May 5’11” 175 Kamloops Thom. Blazers
12 Keltie Jeri-Leon West Kelowna 19-Jan 5’11” 175 OHA OHA White
14 Liam Kindree North Van 2-Jan 5’10” 175 NSWC NW Giants
15 Riley Krane Dawson Creek 24-Jan 5’9″ 165 OHA OHA White
16 Jackson Leppard North Van 18-Jan 6’1″ 180 NSWC NW Giants
17 Matt Mosher White Rock 27-Apr 5’11” 175 Delta HA Delta U18
18 Tyler Popowich Surrey 29-Apr 6’4″ 190 OHA OHA White
19 Jackson Shepard West Van 28-Feb 5’7″ 150 NSWC NW Giants
20 Eli Zummack Kelowna 22-Mar 5’9″ 160 POE OK Rockets

 

Coaching Staff
HC Leland Mack BWC Elite 15
AC Jamie Fiset Ridge Meadows Flames
AC Eric Blais Kelowna MHA
Dir Ops Marty Flors Vanderhoof Bears
Video Kevin Craig Victoria Grizzlies
Trainer Craig Carter Okanagan Rockets

 

Roster by Date of Birth:

 

Pos Hometown DoB Ht Wt
F Liam Kindree North Van 2-Jan 5’10” 175
F Luka Burzan Surrey 7-Jan 6’0″ 170
D Matt Leduc Richmond 10-Jan 6’4″ 195
G Jordan Naylor Aldergrove 16-Jan 5’10” 155
F Jackson Leppard North Van 18-Jan 6’1″ 180
F Keltie Jeri-Leon West Kelowna 19-Jan 5’11” 175
F Riley Krane Dawson Creek 24-Jan 5’9″ 165
G Donovan Buskey North Van 29-Jan 6’2″ 200
F Jackson Shepard West Van 28-Feb 5’7″ 150
F Eli Zummack Kelowna 22-Mar 5’9″ 160
D Austin Chorney Abbotsford 23-Mar 6’1″ 200
D Ethan Cap North Van 17-Apr 6’2″ 195
F Coleton Bilodeau Coldstream 27-Apr 6’1″ 170
F Matt Mosher White Rock 27-Apr 5’11” 175
F Tyler Popowich Surrey 29-Apr 6’4″ 190
F Ryan Chyzowski Kamloops 14-May 5’11” 175
D Seth Bafaro Revelstoke 16-May 5’10” 160
D Luke Zazula Langley 18-May 5’8″ 155
F Brendan Budy Langley 6-Jun 5’8″ 150
D Kabir Gill White Rock 8-Oct 6’1″ 195
Av. 5’11” 174.5