BC Hockey U16 program, new U15 Camp Registration opens

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With the change at Hockey Canada last year from a national entry level development program featuring five regional U17 teams selected by provincial associations (ie. BC Hockey and Hockey Alberta each provided half of the U17 Pacific team) to three teams selected at a national selection camp from the top 100 top players in Canada, the focus for the provincial branch high performance development programs has been shifted to a revised U16 and now, to a new U15 program, which is basically a replica of the former U16 program.

The U16 program has been changed to an invitational format, with the first group of players invited to regional camps by regional evaluators.

Previously the first U16 camp was open to all age eligible A1 and A2 players competing in an open skate in each of the province’s six regions. From this camp, the top group from each region was selected. These 160 players were then mixed together with the players from the other regions in April in a six team jamboree (Salmon Arm).

From this competition two teams emerged, who then moved on to a third selection camp in July. A final camp in the fall selected the 20 players who then formed team BC, which then competed in the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, in early October.

Last fall Team BC – 1998 birth years – brought home silver, losing to Alberta in the championship game. This year, the 1999 group plays in the Canada Winter Games, a national championship, starting February 23, in Prince George

 

Here are the official details from BC Hockey on the two programs:

Male U16 Region Camps

1. Player Evaluation

Players are evaluated during the season on their Club Team by the District Evaluators.  Invites are based on player evaluation.

2. U16 BC Cup

A jamboree style tournament mixing the players from various regions to make six (6) teams.

April 23 – 26, 2015 in Salmon Arm, BC.

3. U16 Provincial Camp

Players are selected based on performance at U16 BC Cup and divided into two (2) teams in July, 2015.

4. Team BC

Team will be announced October 2015

Based on performance at the Provincial Camp, 20 players will be named to Team BC and will compete at the 2015 Western Branch Challenge Cup.

U16 Team BC – Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, presented by the WHL

The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, presented by the WHL, happens every non-Canada Winter Games year on the last weekend of October and the first week of November.

Before heading to the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, Team BC participates in a pre-stage camp that is geared towards team systems and team building.

Team BC competed at the 2013 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup and fell short in the final game against Team Alberta to bring home the silver medal.

Defenceman Dante Fabbro (Surrey, BC) and forward Tyson Jost (Kelowna, BC) were named to the 2013 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup All-Star Team.

For the first time in the history of the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, Team BC captured gold in 2012 with a win over Team Alberta in the Championship game.

Team BC finished the tournament with a perfect 4-0 record.  Defenceman Chaz Reddekopp (West Kelowna, BC) and forward Matthew Barzal (Coquitlam, BC) were named to the 2012 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup All-Star Team.

The Challenge Cup is a round robin format tournament consisting of the four western branches: BC Hockey, Hockey Alberta, Saskatchewan Hockey Association and Hockey Manitoba. The final game is determined based on the round robin standings.

Team BC Staff

Team BC staff consists of the top individuals from across BC who have participated and excelled in the Provincial Male U16 and U17 High Performance programs.  U16 Team BC staff will be selected each Canada Winter Games year by application to the BC Hockey Executive committee.

Player Eligibility

  1. Players must be BC Hockey registered.
  2. Players must be born in the appropriate year (2000).
  3. Player must meet BC Hockey residential qualifications as outlined in HC Regulations or as directed by Hockey Canada program policy.
  4. Players must be male.

Complete High Performance Program policies can be found in the BC Hockey policy manual.

 

Male U15 Region Camps

Register Now for a Male U15 Region Camp

To be eligible for the Regional Camps, players must be:
  1. Registered with BC Hockey
  2. Born in 2001
  3. Attend the camp in which their custodial parent(s) reside
  4. Male
  5. Fall under one (1) of the following criteria:
    1. Eligible to attend a BC Hockey Championship (Tier 1, 2, 3 and 4)
    2. Attend a Hockey Canada Sport School
    3. Play on one (1) of the top two (2) teams in the Minor Hockey Association
Region Date Location
North April 3 – 5, 2015 Vanderhoof Arena
Vancouver Island April 3 – 5, 2015 Island Savings Centre (Duncan)
Lower Mainland April 9 – 12, 2015 Langley Twin Rinks
Okanagan/Kootenay April 10 – 12, 2015 Nelson

Male U15 Provincial Tournament

May 7 – 10, 2015 Richmond Oval

About the Male U15 High Performance Program

BC Hockey’s Male U15 High Performance Program will be introduced in April 2015 with open Region Camps.  Players will be evaluated at the Region Camps and the top 160 players will be selected to attend a Provincial Tournament in May. More details and Region Camp registration information will be released at a later date.

Upcoming Team Staff Applications

Staff applications are now available in the Male High Performance Programs for the 2014-2015 season.  Applications are being accepted for Male U15, Male U16 and Team BC.

Apply Now

2015 Male U15 Region Camps

(The following positions are required for each of the following regions: Vancouver Island-Central Coast, Lower Mainland, Okanagan/Kootenay and North)

  • Director of Operations
  • Head Coach
  • Assistant Coach
  • Equipment Manager/Athletic Therapist

The selection committee for Male U16 BC Cup will consist of the Male High Performance Coordinator and the BC Hockey Executive Director or designate.

2015 Male U15 Provincial Tournament

  • Director of Operations
  • Head Coach
  • Assistant Coach
  • Equipment Manager/Athletic Therapist

The selection committee for Male U16 BC Cup will consist of the Male High Performance Coordinator and the BC Hockey Executive Director or designate.