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BC Hockey Zone Program




BC Hockey launched a Zone Program in 2016 - 2017 when it partnered with the Okanagan Mainline Amateur Hockey Association (OMAHA) to operate a pilot project.  The project expanded in the 2017 - 2018 season with the East Kootenay and Yukon joining with the OMAHA.  Moving into the 2018 - 2019 season, BC Hockey will continue to work with District Associations in the operation of a zone program.

This webpage will provide you with an overview of the Zone Program and the most up-to-date information and will be updated as additional information is confirmed.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact BC Hockey at 250-652-2978 or

Zone Program Feedback


Zone Program Classifications

CLICK HERE for further clarification as to the terminologies to be utilized to identify teams within the ongoing pilot project for zone hockey.

Evaluation Camps

Evaluation Camps for the 2018-2019 season have already taken place.

NOTE: The Zone Bantam A Program in the Okanagan will be operated by local Minor Hockey Associations.

NOTE: Midget AA Spring Evaluations in the Okanagan and North Central will run in conjuction with the Major Midget evaluations.

NOTE: Players from the North Zone who are participating in the Male U16 BC Cup will be approved to miss the opening day of the evaluation process.

NOTE: The North, Okanagan - Central, Okanagan - Thompson and Okanagan - South Midget evaluations will align with the Major Midget evaluation.  Please complete the BC Major Midget League evaluation camp registration.

District Participation


Zone Bantam Zone Midget

East Kootenay

One (1) team One (1) team


Four (4) teams: North, Central, Thompson, South Four (4) teams: North, Central, Thompson, South

North Central

One (1) team One (1) team

North East

One (1) team Zero (0) teams


One (1) team Zero (0) teams


Team Staff Selection



East Kootenay 

    East Kootenay  Brennen Foreman

North Central 

Mirsad Mujcin   North Central  Jason Garneau

Okanagan - Central 

Eric Blais   Okanagan - Central  Devon Sandevold

Okanagan - North

Matt Stang   Okanagan - North  Sandy Moger

Okanagan - South 

Dave Cunning   Okanagan - South  Neil Eisenhut

Okanagan - Thompson

Kyle Allan   Okanagan - Thompson  Riley Woodland


Carl Burgess      

North East

Ray Taggart      

Evaluation Process


Phase I

  • Spring Camps held from April - June
  • 10 skaters and one (1) goalie to receive a roster commitment

Phase II

  • Selected players to participate in ice session in late August to early September
  • Player invitations will be for 2-3 goalies, 7-9 defense and 12-14 forwards
  • Participate in 3-5 ice sessions for evaluation purposes

Phase III

  • Selected players to participate in ice sessions first week of September
  • Minimum of one (1) ice session and one (1) exhibition game
  • Player invitations will be for 2-3 goalies, 6-7 defense and 11-12 forwards 

Phase IV

  • Roster finalized by the second Sunday of September

Okanagan Midget

Phase I

  • Spring Camps held from April - June

Phase II

  • Selected players to participate in ice session in late August to early September
  • Player invitations will be for 2-3 goalies, 7-9 defense and 12-14 forwards

Phase III

  • Selected players to participate in ice sessions first week of September
  • Player invitations will be for 2-3 goalies, 6-7 defense and 11-12 forwards

Phase IV

  • Roster to be finalized on September 22, 2018

NOTE: The Midget evaluation process will align with the BC Major Midget League and Minor Midget evaluation process.

NOTE: The Minor Midget and North Central Midget AA Program will align with the Major Midget tryout. 

Zone Leads:

East Kootenay Leann Smith
Okanagan  Rob Evers (
North Central Norm Livingstone
North West Dan Nickel
Yukon Carl Burgess



Zone Program Enhancements


BC Hockey Suppliers
  • Access to BC Hockey suppliers (accomodations, equipment, travel)
  • Assistance from BC Hockey in booking logistics
General Manager/Zone Lead Meetings
  • Two (2) in-person meetings held during the year.  The meetings will be held prior to the Spring Camp Evaluation process and start of league play
  • Bi-weekly video conferences for enhanced communication and program review
Mental Health
  • Access to mental health resources developed by BC Hockey
Orientation Meeting
  • Meeting held with all team staff in August prior to the start of Phase II of the evaluation process
  • To provide the staff with an operation manual
Player Evaluation
  • Creation of a Player Evaluation Lead positiion with BC Hockey to standardize the evaluation process for zone progamming and to provide players with feedback and their evaluation form
Program Evaluation
  • Quality Observation conducted in-season to evaluate the program.  Each program will be visited and a formal review conducted
  • Zone Programs adhere to BC Hockey standards
Strength & Conditioning
  • Development of a standard work out program for all zone programs.  Access to a yearly plan with over 500 YouTube training videos
  • Access to meal plans and nutritional information
  • Operated by Matthew Davey, BC Hockey Program of Excellence Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Teams will be provided with TeamSnap Pro accounts organized by BC Hockey
  • Access to the Hockey Canada Network App for coaching staff
  • Access to the Hockey Canada Gold Standard Portal, and information hub for elite players and coaches
  • Development of a Zone Program website
  • Will include: statistics, weekly recaps, live scoring through electronic gamesheets and program information
Zone Lead
  • Zone Lead position further developed with the alignment of Major Midget staff


BC Hockey is currently working with Minor Hockey Associations (MHA) and facilities to confirm ice bookings for the 2018 - 2019 season.  The time slots will be provided by the end of March 2018.

The Zone Program will operate a 20-game schedule.  This is subject to change based on additional district participation.

Program Cost

The following outlines the expected cost to participate in each program.  These are subject to change based on adjustments to the operation of the program.  A team fee will be applied over and above the fee below.  The BC Hockey fee will include team/player assesment charge and applicable tax over and above the amount listed below.

The BC Hockey fee will include:

  • Game and practice ice
  • Team bank account and credit card service charges
  • Team staff honourarium
  • Team trainer honourarium and training supplies
  • Orientation meeting
  • Officiating costs
  • Player evaluation procress
  • League website, statistics and news
  • Program Administration Fee
  • Team jersey, pant shell and sock set (each player will keep one jersey at the conclusion of the season)
  • Dryland training
  • On-ice skills training
  • Exhibition game costs
  • Team supplies (pucks, water bottles, coach board, coaching software, etc.)
  • Team staff mileage and meals

The program fee is:

East Kootenay


Okanagan Bantam/Midget

$2,830 *  
North Central


North West

$3,550 *

















* plus applicable tax and player/team assesment fees

An additional team fee wil be charged above the BC Hockey fees above by the team.  This will allow the team consultation with the parents to plan accordningly.  This fee will include:

  • Tournaments
  • Meals on the road
  • Hotels
  • Transportation

Teams will be eligible to submit a request to access the BC Hockey Equipment Package.  Team requests must be submitted by June 1 for the upcoming season.  The cost for the equipment package is $425 plus applicable taxes and will include:

  • Warrior helmet
  • Warrior gloves
  • Stylized hoodie
  • Stylized track pants
  • Pro Warrior bag
  • Workout shirt
  • Workout shorts
  • Goalie mask

About the BC Hockey Zone Program

The BC Hockey Zone Program was developed to allow players to play at the highest level and allow districts to provide regional teams and pull from a greater draw zone.  This past season, the Regional Zone Pilot Program was implemented in the Okanagan and had a very successful season, allowing players in the region the opportunity to participate in Tier 1 and Tier 2 hockey.

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