The 2018 BC Hockey #ThanksTeam contest brought to you by Boston Pizza and ProSmart Sports has wrapped up with some terrific stories from the rink.
The Little Team That Could….Did!!
Vancouver Minor Atom Warriors
The Vancouver Minor Atom Warriors had a rough start to the season. A broad mix of skills levels, first-year players, and no assigned goalie made each game a full-on challenge.
Tough loss after tough loss, some games ending with scores like 17-1, the team was getting discouraged, but never gave up. Christmas rolled around without a win, but still every child came to every game with a smile and a positive attitude. They were encouraging toward each other, constantly pointing out each other’s strengths in the dressing room, never doubting their abilities regardless of the outcomes.
Then finally, during a Christmas tournament, they won a game! The joy on the kids faces was absolutely priceless. Shortly after that, they had their first season win…another victory!
Each game was strengthening the team, and the wins and ties kept coming. Finally, it was time for the playoffs.
In 8 playoff games their record was 4 ties, 3 wins and 1 loss, with spirit points tipping them into the Championship – The Warriors had made the top two!
The big day came and the game was a rollercoaster ride. Our team scored three goals in the first period giving us a healthy lead. Then our opponents came back and scored 3 goals in the 2nd tying it up. Then they scored another goal in the beginning of the 3rd making it 4-3 for them, until we tied it up again with 4 minutes left.
Finally, with less than a minute left, the little team that struggled their way from the bottom to the top, scored the Championship winning goal!
It was an exciting moment for all, and one these Vancouver Minor players will not soon forget.
Burnaby C5 represents Canada in Portland!
BMHA Bantam C5 (Burnaby C5)
BMHA Bantam C5 (Burnaby C5) ended its season by winning the Portland Jr. Winterhawks 14U Frozen Rose tournament in March. This was a unique tournament experience, with teams from Washington State, Idaho and different parts of Oregon. Bantam C5 was the only team from Canada in the tournament.
Burnaby C5 fully took on the spirit of Canada by proudly wearing a Maple Leaf on its jerseys and helmets, as well as singing “O Canada” before each game. The team gave gifts to each team and on-ice officials in the form of BMHA Toques and City of Burnaby pins, to show their goodwill.
The international flavour of the tournament reached its peak in the final on Sunday March 11 with two undefeated teams facing each other at the Winterhawks Skating Center – “Team USA” Tri-City Americans (an all-star house team from Washington State) vs “Team Canada” Burnaby C5. As usual, Burnaby C5 proudly sang the national anthem before the game and took its Canadian spirit onto the ice to defeat the Tri-City Americans 4-0 to take home the Banner and the Gold back to Canada!
After the final, both teams shook hands and stood together for pictures (see below) to celebrate how much they enjoyed playing each other in the final and to show good sportsmanship.
Families had a very memorable experience in Portland and the Parents wanted to especially thank Coaches Rob Ponis, Mat Prasad, Andrew Fox and Adrian Caporale and Manager Tim Walker for putting so much effort into helping the players have such a great experience and memories to last a lifetime.
This was a great way to end the ‘bookend’ season that started with a tournament win in North Vancouver last October when Burnaby C5 won every game in the NVMHA Thanksgiving Tournament to take home the Gold!
Seafair Atom C4 Snipers
It’s amazing how a group of kids who started off the season by wandering into the dressing room for their first practice not really knowing everyone that well could come together by the end of the year to form a lifelong bond.
They had wins they had losses but most of all they had fun! They came in 2nd place in our “C” hockey group for league games and once the season was over our team (out of 30 teams) was awarded a banner (award) for “the most sportsmanlike team”.
In addition to playing the game they love on the ice, this team spent a lot of time doing off-ice activities like volunteering to clean up the streets in the community, volunteering for the food bank, volunteering at a local seniors residence, going to movies and dinners together.
And all of this was made possible because of our great coaches. They sacrificed for our kids all season long and always seemed to go that extra mile for everyone. It’s a season that no one on the team wanted to end!
Langley Lightning Bantam Female
Out battle with North Shore was a continuous one all season…back and forth wins, losses and ties….it all came down to the final game in 2018 Bantam Female Provincials.
The game was tied at the end of regulation. First overtime period end and still tied….2nd overtime period ends …still tied….the organizers of the tournament had to purchase additional sheets of ice for us to continue…..3rd overtime period ends and still tied….finally at 13:02 of the 4th OT period, it’s a scramble in front of the North Shore goalie and the Langley Lightning are able to put the puck in!!
4 hours of hockey and these exhausted girls were able to celebrate a victory! So proud of them for all their hard work!
Congratulations to all the hard-working teams in rinks everywhere. At Sportgo we know every team has a story and we want to help you share it.
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