In what’s become an annual tradition, the third edition of the Can Am Super Series kicks off this weekend featuring four of the top bantam teams in BC, vs four of the top USA West Coast clubs.
Co-hosted by the Burnaby Winter Club and the North Shore Winter Club, this year’s mini-tournament again also includes the two Okanagan-based academy teams, Pursuit of Excellence of Kelowna, and Okanagan Hockey Academy, of Penticton.
The series kicks off Thursday night with an exhibition game featuring the NSWC vs the Colorado Thunderbirds, coached by former NHLers Joe Sakic and Adam Foote. Both have boys on the team. Sakic played briefly at the NSWC as a peewee, before moving to Burnaby Minor.
The other US teams include the Dallas Stars, Anaheim Jr. Ducks, and LA Kings.
The Dallas club is coached by Stan Tugulokow, assisted by Stu Barnes and David Horn.
Both Winter Club teams use the series competition to help determine their final roster selections, whereas the other teams’ rosters are already finalized.
The North Shore Winter Club Winterhawks were Western Canadian champions this spring and runners up to the Edmonton South Side Athletic Club the year before. In both years, the Winterhawks defeated the BWC Bruins in the BC Finals to advance.
The Winterhawks are coached by Jim Dinwoodie, the Bruins by Jon Batchelor. Both coaches have been at the helm of their respective clubs for several seasons.
Dean Caban heads up the PoE squad, while Stanley Cup winner Mike Needham leads the OHA team.
The format is a round robin with the US and Canadian teams playing each other once each, beginning Friday, September 12. Final playoff games based on seeding from the round robin wrap up on Sunday morning, with the #1 US team vs the #1 Canadian team, at 9:50 am at NSWC, and the #2 teams at the same time at BWC. The three and four seeds will playoff earlier, starting at 8:00 am.
The tournament opens at 8:00 a.m. Friday, September 12; with the Winterhawks hosting the Jr. Ducks at NSWC, and PoE hosting LA Jr. Kings at BWC.
Here’s the full schedule, all games run 1.75 hrs.
|8:00 AM||NSWC||NSWC||Anaheim Jr Ducks|
|8:00 AM||BWC||POE||LA Jr Kings|
|9:50AM||BWC||BWC Bruins||Dallas Stars|
|15:00 PM||NSWC||LA Jr. Kings||NSWC|
|15:00 PM||BWC||Anaheim Jr. Ducks||POE|
|16:50 PM||BWC||BWC Bruins||Colorado T-Birds|
|18:50 PM||BWC||Dallas Stars||OHA|
|8:00 AM||NSWC||NSWC||Dallas Stars|
|8:00 AM||BWC||POE||Colorado T-Birds|
|9:50 AM||BWC||BWC Bruins||Anaheim Jr. Ducks|
|9:50 AM||NSWC||OHA||LA Jr. Kings|
|15:00 PM||NSWC||Colorado T-Birds||NSWC|
|15:00 PM||BWC||Dallas Stars||POE|
|16:50 PM||BWC||Anaheim Jr. Ducks||OHA|
|18:50 PM||BWC||LA Jr. Kings||BWC Bruins|
|8:00 AM||BWC||#4 CDN||#4 USA,|
|9:50 AM||BWC||#2 CDN||#2 USA|
|8:00 AM||NSWC||#3 USA||#3 CDN|
|9:50 AM||NSWC||#1 USA||#1 CDN|