(ISN) – BC Hockey has announced several changes to the Female Midget AAA program for the upcoming 2015-2016 season. The program will be restructured to provide standardization and consistency for each team.
The six (6) current teams will remain in place, drawing players from their respective zones: Northern Cougars (North Zone), Thompson-Okanagan Lakers (Okanagan Zone), Kootenay Wildcats (Kootenay Zone), West Coast Avalanche (Greater Vancouver Zone), Fraser Valley Phantom (Fraser Valley Zone), and Vancouver Island Hurricanes (Vancouver Island Zone).
BC Hockey will now be responsible for overseeing teams and registering players, a change from past formats where host MHAs shouldered the administrative burden. BC Hockey will also be responsible for creating the league’s schedule and administrating the league’s finances. An Academic Advisor will also be made available to all teams to inform players of their post-secondary options.
Through BC Hockey’s partner agreements, the FMAAA teams will receive support in the form of uniforms, equipment, and team apparel from Easton; charter bus transportation from International Stage Lines; and accommodation from Sandman Hotels. Additionally, BC Hockey will facilitate funding for ice and dryland training, and provide honorariums for team staff.
FMAAA teams will also host Player Identification Camps in the spring following the Esso Cup. Locations and dates will be released at a later time, and online registration will be available. The Identification Camp presents an option for players interested to receive feedback from the teams and more information on the League. A player does not have to attend an Identification Camp in the Spring to be eligible to attend the Evaluation Camp in August.
The Female Midget AAA League has seen tremendous growth over the years, graduating to a BC Hockey Program,” said Female Midget AAA Chair Len Cuthbert. “The additional support, resources and expertise offered by BC Hockey will propel the League in the development and growth of the Female game.”
FMAAA League Coordinator Serena Hillman is also excited about the changes, saying, “”This is an exciting time for the Female Midget AAA Program. We’re always looking for ways to improve the league, and bringing this program under BC Hockey will help continue to advance its development. I believe that the female game in BC will be stronger as a result.”
The Female Midget AAA League was developed in the 2007-2008 season in response to the membership’s desire to provide an opportunity for elite female hockey players to come together on zone teams to challenge other elite Female Midget teams. For more information about the league, please visit the FMAAA website.