July 28,2014(ISN) – BC Hockey announced July 28, 2014 the 27 Male Under 16 players shortlisted for potential participation on Team BC at the 2015 Canada Winter Games taking place February 13, 2015 – March 1, 2015 in Prince George, BC.
The players will now be evaluated by the coaching staff over the course of the hockey season, and the final roster will be announced in November 2014.
The Canada Winter Games take place every four (4) years. In 2011, Team BC captured the gold medal with a 7-4 victory over Team Quebec in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Every non Canada Winter Games year, Team BC competes at the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup where they fell short in their bid for back to back gold medals with a 4-2 loss to Team Alberta in 2013.
Some notable players that have participated as part of Team BC at the Canada Winter Games include:
- Sam Reinhart – Kootenay Ice – Buffalo Sabres
- Curtis Lazar – Edmonton Oil Kings – Ottawa Senators
- Nic Petan – Portland Winterhawks – Winnipeg Jets
The Under 16 Program is designed as an introduction to BC Hockey’s High Performance Program, which exposes players, coaches and officials to short term competition. The U16 Program also acts as a precursor to the Hockey Canada High Performance U17 Program, which is used to identify and train players and team personnel for Provincial, Regional and National Teams.