BC Hockey, in conjunction with Team BC, announced the 20 players selected to play for Team BC at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta February 15 – March 3, 2019.
“This is an exciting time for a special group of players,” said BC Hockey Chief Executive Officer Barry Petrachenko. “The opportunity to represent their province in a multi-sport event will be great experience and stands as a tremendous accomplishment for the players, and we want to thank the coaches and staff for all their efforts in bringing our team together and supporting them throughout this journey as members of Team BC.”
Team BC kicks off the 2019 Canada Winter Games on February 16, 2019 against Manitoba. Team BC will also face Saskatchewan and Alberta in preliminary play prior to the quarterfinals that start on February 20, 2019. Semi-final action will be played on February 21, 2019 and the medal games take place on February 22, 2019. Hockey will be played at both the Kinex Arena and the Centrium in Red Deer.
British Columbia has won the gold medal in men’s hockey on two (2) occasions:
- 1979 – McCreary, Manitoba
- 2011 – Halifax, Nova Scotia
At the Canada Winter Games, BC has earned two (2) silver medals (1967,1983) and two (2) bronze medals (1987, 1999.) BC finished fifth at the last Canada Winter Games held in Prince George, BC in 2015.
Notable Team BC alumni include:
- Dan Hamhuis – Smithers, BC
- Martin Jones – North Vancouver, BC
- Paul Kariya – North Vancouver, BC
- Shea Theodore – Aldergrove, BC
The U16 Program is the second stage in the BC Hockey Program of Excellence (POE), which exposes players, coaches and officials to short term competition. The U16 Program also acts as a precursor to the Hockey Canada U17 POE, which is used to identify and train players and team personnel for provincial, regional and national teams.