September 11, 2014 – By Israel Fehr
For the second straight year, the BWC Hockey Academy is set to host the Elite 15 Icebreaker Showcase and the players and coaching staff are ready for game action.
“We’ve been around them for three or four weeks now and I’m just looking to see what they’re like in games and how we’re going to look as the team,”said BWC Elite 15 head coach Leland Mack. How do they compete? What’s their drive? What’s their pregame preparation like?”
Games will be played at Planet Ice Coquitlam and Great Pacific Forum between September 12-14. BWC will face CSSHL rival Yale Hockey Academy as well as the L.A. Jr. Kings, Anaheim Jr. Ducks (OCHC), and the Kent Valley Rainers (Seattle), three highly-rated U.S. programs.
“I like our skill up front, we’ve got a good solid defence, and our goaltending should be solid,” said Mack. “We want to play an exciting move the puck skill game and we have to have patience before we get that game.”
The Delta Wild, Pacific Coast Sea Devils (Victoria), and Okanagan Hockey Academy (Penticton) are also participating in the exhibition tournament. It should be a great starting point as the BWC E-15 team prepares for the CSSHL opening weekend, September 19-21 in Penticton. The quality of competition is strong and the three American teams will provide another challenge.
“I think it would be good to go through some adversity early so we can learn from that,” said Mack. “It’s not all about wins and losses this weekend, it’s about seeing what we got and trying to play the way we want to play.”
The schedule for the 2014 Elite 15 Icebreaker Showcase can be found here.