The new Midget Elite program at North Shore Winter Club is hosting an Icebreaker this coming weekend, featuring five PCAHA teams that played in PCAHA Tier 1 or Tier 2 last year, including NSWC’s own ‘regular’ midget team – filling in for Coquitlam who had to pull out of the tourney.
The NSWC Midget Elite program is in its first year, and comprises mostly of first year midgets, along with a few second years.
The idea of the new elite program is to provide academy style training for the team during school hours, while permitting players to remain in their regular school and still play in the regular Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association.
The regular non-elite NSWC Midget team now consists primarily of second and third year players, several of whom played on previous NSWC Midget A1 teams.
Most of the minor hockey association teams will be using the tournament to make final roster decisions. The exception is the NSWC Elite team, which has already made final team selections but is waiting for decisions on committed players who are currently in junior or major midget camps who may or may not stick with the higher ranked teams.
The tournament includes Seafair A1, who finished first in the regular season last year, at 13-1-4; 2nd place North Vancouver, 13-4-1; along with NSWC, who finished 9th (of 14) at 6-11-1 last year in Tier 1, Vancouver T-Birds who finished 4th in Tier 2 last year at 9-6-3, and Abbotsford, who finished last at 2-15-1.
Seafair and North Van finished first and second in PCAHA playoffs last spring and moved on to the provincials.
Of course, as with any minor hockey program, last year’s performance doesn’t mean much in terms of legacy, as teams can vary considerably year to year.
Most games are at Planet Ice Coquitlam, except for NSWC Elite home games, which will all be played at NSWC.
The two NSWC teams face off against each other at 6:30 pm at Planet Ice Coquitlam on Saturday night.
|Friday, Sept 18|
|T-Birds (5)||Seafair (7)||7:30 PM||Planet Ice Coquitlam #3|
|NSWC Elite (5-EN)||NVMHA (3)||7:30 PM||NSWC|
|NSWC (3)||Abbotsford (1)||8:00 PM||Planet Ice Coquitlam #4|
|Saturday, Sept 19|
|T-Birds||NSWC Elite||11:50 AM||NSWC|
|NVMHA||NSWC||1:15 PM||Planet Ice Coquitam #4|
|Abbotsford||Seafair||1:45 PM||Planet Ice Coquitlam #3|
|NSWC Elite||NSWC||6:30 PM||Planet Ice Coquitam #4|
|T-Birds||Abbotsford||7:00 PM||Planet Ice Coquitlam #3|
|Sunday, Sept 20|
|NSWC||T-Birds||10:45 AM||Planet Ice Coquitam #2|
|Seafair||NSWC Elite||9:35 AM||Planet Ice Coquitam #4|
|Seafair||NSWC||7:00 PM||Planet Ice Coquitam #4|
|Abbotsford||NSWC Elite||7:00 PM||NSWC|
|NVMHA||T-Birds||7:30 PM||Planet Ice Coquitam #2|