The new BWC Academy Elite 15 team will kick off their competitive season with an academy team Ice-breaker tournament on the weekend of September 13-15.
The new team is comprised entirely of first year (U16) midget players, all 15 years of age (by Dec 31). The team is sponsored by BWC, coached by former Vancouver Canadians Major Midget head coach Leland Mack, and will play some 54 games this year, including a full season in the new Canadian Sports School League, as well in tournaments.
“We will definitely have a lot of skill,” said Mack. “We have a couple of bigger players who will add some grit, but primarily we’re going to be a skill and speed team with a good, mobile defense corps.”
The entire team will attend Burnaby Central High School and train together there off ice, before making their way across the street to the Burnaby Winter Club for on ice practice and home games.
“We practice almost every day, and I feel like there is just so much we can accomplish with all this ice time and dryland training in terms of player development and skill development,” said Mack. “I’m excited about seeing the finished product and how good these players will be by June.”
The team will begin league play in late September, but Mack expressed how relieved both he and the players are to get onto the ice and into game action a couple weeks earlier thanks to the Ice-Breaker.
The event will feature several teams from the Canadian Sports School League, including Yale Hockey Academy (Abbotsford), Delta Hockey Academy, Pursuit of Excellence (Kelowna), Okanagan Hockey Academy (Penticton), plus Pacific Coast Academy (a non-league E-15 team from Victoria).
Ice-Breaker games will be played at Canlan North Vancouver and Planet Ice Coquitlam.
Over the course of the Canadian Sports School League regular season schedule, BWC E-15 will also face off against Banff Hockey Academy, Edge Hockey Academy (Calgary), and Compete Hockey Academy, (Couer d’Alene, Idaho).
BWC E-15 also recently announced it will play in the Colorado U16 Tier 1 Elite League Showcase in Denver, Dec. 21-23. Other teams include Dallas Stars, TPH Thunder, Belle Tire, Colorado Thunderbirds, LA Kings, Phoenix Coyotes, and Colorado Rampage.