BWC Academy Program a Major Success

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Maco Balcovec

 

 

When the Burnaby Winter Club announced the start of a new academy program two years ago, the announcement was met by a solid mix of enthusiasm and skepticism.

Most enthusiastic were the proponents of the E15 program, mostly parents of players graduating from bantam triple A teams whose kids were not quite ready to make the big leap to Major Midget, and who did not relish the prospects of playing Midget hockey in a home association where midget hockey might be tier two or lower, or even if tier one, not treated ‘seriously.’

The E15 solution the offered by the BWC Academy was really a no-brainer for many who wanted to continue the intensity of training they were getting at Bantam AAA, and to continue to develop in a fully committed athletic environment.

The U18 prep program, on the other hand, was viewed by many as an unsure proposition. Would there be enough interest to sustain the program, would the results be successful enough to attract more players in year two?

Mid-way through year two, the skeptics have been pretty much silenced.

The E15 program has been a runaway success, with this year’s squad currently running a 24 game win streak.

The team is being lead by three NSWC BA1 grads, Angus Crookshank (23G-21A-27 GP), Evan Walls 21G-17A-27 GP and Eathan deJong (20G-18A-20GP).

The U18s, while they have less success in the win column (9-10-0 in CSSHL league play), are now very competitive against top calibre competition.

A number of players from last year’s E15 team have elected to remain in the academy and play for the prep team, including leading scorer Keyvan Mohktari (23G-18A-41Pts), and #2 scorer, Brady Chin (16G-9A). Other returnees include Justin Lee, Aiden Bar-Lev-Wise, Jackson Jong Min Lee, and Max Daerendinger.

In the thick of it all, is the new BWC hockey director, Mako Balkovec, who is returning to his roots in the Lower Mainland, after having headed up high school hockey programs in Wisconsin, where he was twice State High School Coach of the Year.

Balkovec has been thrown into the Academy program even more deeply than first anticipated. When returning U18 head coach, Ben Cooper was called up by the Vancouver Canucks to run their video program in late August, Balkovec stepped in to fill the gap.

“My ultimate goal was to coach, so it’s worked out great. I’m very pleased with how things are progressing for the prep team. We’ve beaten Delta and had a great game against OHA, and although we lost 6-4, the team played outstanding,” he said in a recent interview.

The team has also defeated #1 Banff, and just lost a very close 4-3 game vs #2 Delta, in Delta.

“But the level of development we’re delivering is more important than a winning record. A lot of our guys have been affiliated with both junior A and junior B teams, and are getting a look at the next level,”

“We’ve had two guys go straight from the E15s to the BCHL, three guys to Major Midget, three to Junior B.

“This year we’ve had six kids practice in the BCHL, and three affiliated with the BCHL, two have played in the BC Major Midget league.”

Balkovec says the program’s objective is to have E15 head coach Leland Mack and assistant Jordie Armon-Jones show great value and to graduate more players to the prep team.

So far, it looks like the program is definitely on track.

Below are the BWC Academy rosters this year:

 

U18 Prep Team Roster – 2014-2015, Year 2:

1 Dsc_0755_small Nico Lopes G 01/01/1998 5’5 130 BWC Elite 15s Free Agent West Vancouver, BC
3 Dsc_0761_small Ben Raffler D 01/01/1998 5’10 160 Whistler Midget A1 Free Agent Whistler, BC
4 Dsc_0766_small Kyle Henderson D 01/01/1998 6’2 175 BWC Elite 15s Free Agent Port Moody, BC
6 Nophoto-square Mack Gray D 5’10 153 BWC E 15 Free Agent North Vancouver
9 Dsc_0768_small Keyvan Mokhtari F 01/01/1998 5’8 140 NW Giants MML Free Agent Burnaby, BC
10 Dsc_0770_small Max Daerendinger D 01/01/1998 6’0 165 BWC Elite 15s Kamloops Blazers Vancouver, BC
11 Dsc_0780_small Brady Chin F 07/11/1998 5’9 155 BWC Elite 15s Free Agent Burnaby, BC
13 Nophoto-square Liam Evenson F 5″11 170 BWC E 15 Free Agent Maple Ridge
14 Dsc_0784_small Aidan Bar-Lev-Wise F 01/01/1998 6 175 BWC Elite 15s Free Agent Vancouver, BC
15 Dsc_0788_small Jonny Sheardown D 01/01/1999 5’10 170 BWC Bantam AAA Free Agent Burnaby, BC
16 Dsc_0313_small Cyrus Valk F 01/01/1997 6′ 150 lbs Sherwood Park Free Agent North Vancouver
17 Dsc_0790_small Justin Lee F 01/01/1998 5’7 126 BWC Elite 15s Free Agent North Vancouver, BC
18 Nophoto-square Colton Gerlib D 5″10 145 BWC E 15 Free Agent Kamloops
20 Dsc_0795_small Daniel Kim D 01/01/1998 6’1 190 Burnaby Minor Midget AAA Free Agent Burnaby, BC
23 Dsc_0799_small Braeden Lau F 01/01/1997 5’7 140 BWC Prep Free Agent Burnaby, BC
24 Dsc_0803_small Tristyn Olson F 01/01/1998 5’8 145 OHA Varsity Free Agent Abbotsford, BC
25 Dsc_0805_small Jackson Jong Min Lee F 01/01/1998 6′ 185 BWC Elite 15s Free Agent Incheon, South Korea
28 Dsc_0810_small Devan Purhar D 01/01/1998 5’9 150 BWC Prep Free Agent Burnaby, BC
35 Dsc_0758_small Jack Stradiotti G 05/02/1998 5’11 165 BWC Elite 15s Free Agent Delta, BC
37 Dsc_0745_small Liam Lytton F 01/01/1999 6′ 180 Pursuit of Excellence Bantam AAA Prince George Cougars Vancouver, BC
38 Dsc_0812_small Jacob Lacasse F 01/01/1998 5’8 125 Delta Academy Elite 15s Free Agent North Vancouver, BC
40 Dsc_0816_small Connor Alderson F 01/01/1998 5’9 160 New Westminster Midget A1 Free Agent New Westminster, BC

 

E15 Roster, 2014-2015 team – Year 2

Number Photo Name Pos. Height Weight Date of Birth Shoots Previous Team Hometown Player Classification
2 Dsc_0826_small Emilio Salas D 6’2.5 219 01/01/1999 R Burnaby Minor Bantam AAA Burnaby Free Agent
5 Dsc_0831_small Logan Bromhead F 5’5 128 01/01/1999 R Coquitlam Bantam AAA Coquitlam Free Agent
6 Dsc_0837_small Mack Gray D 5’9 149 01/01/1999 L NSWC Bantam AAA North Vancouver Free Agent
7 Dsc_0840_small Evan Walls F 5’3.5 142 01/01/1999 L NSWC Bantam AAA North Vancouver Free Agent
8 Dsc_0842_small Angus Crookshank F 5’6 152 01/01/1999 L NSWC Bantam AAA North Vancouver Free Agent
12 Dsc_0848_small Ethan De Jong F 5’8.5 139 01/01/1999 R NSWC Bantam AAA North Vancouver Free Agent
13 Dsc_0849_small Liam Evenson F 5’11 175 01/01/1999 R BWC Bantam AAA Maple Ridge Kootenay Ice
18 Dsc_0853_small Colten Gerlib D 5’11 146 01/01/1999 R POE Bantam AAA Kamloops Free Agent
19 Dsc_0857_small Ben Poisson F 5’10 143 01/01/1999 L Vancouver T-Birds Bantam AAA Vancouver Free Agent
21 Dsc_0860_small Nate Pelletier F 5’9 152 01/01/1999 R Coquitlam Bantam AAA Coquitlam Free Agent
22 Dsc_0865_small Scott Rademaker D 5’8 153 01/01/1999 L BWC Bantam AA New Westminster Free Agent
26 Dsc_0870_small Liam Watson-Brawn D 5;10.5 146 01/01/1999 R Vancouver T-Brids Bantam AAA Vancouver Free Agent
27 Dsc_0873_small Nolan Welsh F 5’9 150 01/01/1999 R BWC Bantam AAA Whistler Free Agent
29 Dsc_0877_small Sho Takai F 5’6 136 01/01/1999 R Coquitlam Bantam AAA Coquitlam Free Agent
30 Dsc_0879_small Kolby Matthews G 5’10 128 01/01/1999 L Coquitlam Bantam AAA Coquitlam Free Agent
34 Dsc_0883_small Zakery Myrowich G 6’2.5 164 01/01/1999 L Notre Dame Bantam AAA Victoria Free Agent
36 Dsc_0887_small Jessie Young F 5’9 147 01/01/1999 R Coquitlam Bantam AAA Coquitlam Free Agent
39 Dsc_0890_small Jacob Callas D 5’9 170 01/01/1999 R Burnaby Minor Bantam AAA Vancouver Free Agent
41 Dsc_0895_small Jonathan Stein F 5’1.5 103 01/01/1998 R Langley Eagles Bantam AAA Langley Free Agent

 

E15 Team Roster Year 1: 2013-2014

 

1 Nico_small Nico Lopes G 5’6″ 130 lbs L 02/07/1998 West Vancouver, BC Hollyburn Bantam AAA Free Agent
2 Barlee_small Aidan Bar-Lev-wise F 5’10” 165 lbs R 05/12/1998 Vancouver, BC Kamloops Bantam AAA Free Agent
3 Satkins_small Sam Atkins D 5’8″ 155 lbs R 09/25/1998 Vancouver, BC Pursuit of Excellence Bantam AAA Free Agent
4 994938_305109179631778_3153393_n_small Clint Colebourn D 5’10” 155 lbs L 11/25/1998 North Vancouver, BC North Shore Winterclub Bantam AAA Drafted – Kamloops Blazers
6 Rpouliot_small Ryan Pouliot D 6’0″ 168 lbs R 05/26/1998 North Vancouver, BC North Shore Winterclub Bantam AAA Drafted – Saskatoon Blades
7 Shunter_small Spencer Hunter F 6’2″ 175 lbs L 03/07/1998 Vancouver, BC Vancouver Thunderbirds Bantam AAA Drafted – Seattle Thunderbirds
8 Cvolpe_small Callum Volpe D 5’10” 180 lbs R 05/08/1998 Coquitlam, BC Coquitlam Bantam AAA Free Agent
9 Hoggwe_small Ryan Hogg F 5’8″ 130 lbs R 12/03/1998 Duncan, BC Cowichan Valley Bantam AAA Free Agent
10 Max_small Max Daerendinger D 6’0″ 160 lbs R 03/19/1998 Vancouver, BC Vancouver Thunderbirds Bantam AAA Free Agent
11 Bradyt_small Brady Chin F 5’8 145 lbs R 07/11/1998 Burnaby, BC North Shore Winterclub Bantam AAA Free Agent
12 Kwong_small Kevin Wong F 5’7″ 130 lbs R 10/23/1998 North Vancouver, BC North Shore Winterclub Bantam AAA Free Agent
13 Bates_small Aidan Bate-Smith F 5’10 165lbs R 03/12/1998 West Vancouver, BC Hollyburn Country Club Bantam AAA Free Agent
14 Hendy_small Kyle Henderson D 6’1″ 170 lbs R 03/10/1998 Port Moody, BC Port Moody Bantam AAA Free Agent
15 Seganfredddd_small Taylor Seganfreddo F 5’8″ 155 lbs L 04/16/1998 New Westminster, BC New Westminster Bantam AAA Free Agent
16 Minlee_small Jackson Jong Min Lee F 5’10” 165 lbs R 12/07/1998 Incheon, South Korea Burnaby Winterclub Bantam AAA Free Agent
17 Jlee__2__small Justin Lee F 5’7″ 135 lbs R 11/16/1998 North Vancouver North Shore Winterclub Bantam AA Free Agent
18 Mateoo_small Mateo Coltellaro F 5’10” 165lbs R 01/29/1998 Burnaby, BC Burnaby Winterclub Bantam AAA Free Agent
19 Kyl_small Kyle Johnson F 5’9″ 160 lbs R 06/03/1998 Port Moody, BC Port Moody Bantam AAA Free Agent
35 Jack_small Jack Stradiotti G 5’8″ 145 lbs L 05/02/1998 Delta, BC South Delta Bantam AAA Free Agent