We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia
BC Hockey athletes have the opportunity to try-out for and represent their province, region or country in various national and international competitions throughout their career.
Hockey Canada governs amateur hockey throughout Canada and works with the 13 Branch Associations, the Canadian Hockey League and the Canadian Inter-University Sports to facilitate hockey programs across the country. The organization also facilitates national teams for international competition.
Team BC – Canada Winter Games
Every four (4) years, both male and female Team BC teams are assembled to compete at the Canada Winter Games. The Male Team BC is selected through the BC Hockey Male Under 16 Program of Excellence and the female team is selected through the BC Hockey Female Under 18 Program of Excellence.
As a member of Hockey Canada, BC Hockey members have the opportunity to one day participate at the Olympic Games.
International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF)
The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) was founded in 1908 and is the world governing body for ice and inline hockey. They partner with national organizations such as Hockey Canada to help make international competition possible.
About the BC Hockey Program of Excellence
The BC Hockey Program of Excellence (POE), formerly High Performance Program, is now over 20 years old. The program has developed from a single summer camp to a complete system of identifying players and staff in every corner of the province for their possible inclusion in a progressive series of training components.
Over the years the BC Hockey POE identification system has been used as a model for other provinces and Hockey Canada. The POE is in use across our country for systematically identifying, training and tracking players at the Under 17, Under 18 and Under 20 levels and has many components first designed in BC. Few realize how instrumental our network of volunteers has been in taking the national program down to the local level. And in conjunction, this local involvement has greatly influenced the direction which provincial and national programs have taken.
In developing our provincial athletes, BC Hockey POE has taken initiative in adopting the Canadian Sport For Life Long-Term Athlete Development Model. There are currently seven (7) stages within Canada’s model for Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD). The LTAD is a training, competition, and recovery program based on developmental age and the maturation level of an individual rather than chronological age. It is athlete centered, coach driven and administration, sport science and sponsor supported. Athletes who progress through the LTAD experience training and competition in programs that consider their biological and training ages in creating periodized plans specific to their development needs.
We gratefully aknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.