North Shore Winter Club may have set a record this year, with all three bantam rep teams, plus the PW A1, A2, and A4 and Atom A1 teams advancing to the PCAHA Final 4, all having an opportunity to represent the club in the provincials (except the Atoms of course, who have to wait another year to play outside their zone).
(HH will double check this over the next day or two – BWC and one or two other Lower Mainland associations may have a claim – early research shows Semiahmoo and BWC tied with 6).
An unusual influx of four top end second year Bantam A1 players no doubt has had a trickle down effect onto the A2 team, which this year is made up of mainly second year players, with only two first year forwards and two first year defencemen in the lineup this year.
The NSWC Bantam A1s and A2s both finished at the top of their respective PCAHA Flights 1 and 2, winning PCAHA banners.
The A1s put up an impressive 17-0-3 regular season record in Flight 1, while the A2s recorded a 15-3-2 record in Flight 2.
The A2s also won the Kamloops International Bantam Ice Hockey Tournament, Tier 2 banner.
The Bantam A3’s playoff success is more of a mystery, with the team posting an apathetic 2-18-0 regular season record and finishing 11th in Flight 5, but then winning a Presidents Day tournament in Phoenix and then three in a row in playoffs to advance to the Final 4.
The Bantam A3s downed Ridge Meadows in Round 1, and then #6 Vancouver T-Birds A3s in two straight in Round 2 (3-2 and 3-1) to earn a berth in the Tier 3 Final 4.
At the Peewee A1 level the NSWC team finished third overall with a 13-4-3 record, behind BWC at 19-1-0 and Seafair at 17-2-1; then downed Surrey 8-0 in round one, and Langley A1 6-2 and 1-0 to advance to the Final 4.
The PW A2s meanwhile finished the regular season in second place with a 15-4-1 record, behind Burnaby A1s at 18-1-1; and have posted three straight shutouts to advance to the Final 4; South Delta A2 4-0 in round one, and then Seafair A2s, 3-0 and 6-0 in round two.
The PWA4s finished third in Flight 5 with an 11-8-1 record and then posted two shutouts over Arbutus A2s to advance to the Tier 4 Final 4.
The Atom A1s meanwhile, finished first in GVC Flight 1, on a 16-2-0 record, same win loss as BWC A1s but with three more sportsmanship points, and then dispatched Seafair Atom A1 8-1 and 16-1 to move to the Final 4.
In any case, regard of all-time record or not, a very successful year for North Shore Winter Club in 2014-2015.
Rumours of an E15 team for the 2015-2016 season, meanwhile continue to swirl, while the Club has only commented so far that a new plan for the club’s U15 players is in the works and will be announced shortly.