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Program of Excellence Staff

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The Male Program of Excellence (POE) staff consists of BC's top individuals from across the province. Team BC staff will be selected based on their performance at the U15 and/or U16 events.  Staff will be selected each Canada Winter Games year by application to the BC Hockey Executive Committee.

About the Male Program of Excellence

The BC Hockey Male POE (formerly Male High Performance Program) was introduced in 1980 with the mandate to systematically identify and train the province's elite-level players for high performance hockey sporting events. The overall objective of the program is to increase the chances of athletes from BC to compete provincially, regionally, nationally and internationally with the ultimate goal being selected to Hockey Canada’s National Junior or National Senior Team. To be eligible, all players must be members of BC Hockey or past members attending a Hockey Canada recognized residential school.

The Canada Winter Games, BC Winter Games and the Under 17 World Hockey Challenge are events that are outside of the jurisdiction of BC Hockey and may result in differing player eligibility requirements. 

BC Athlete Assistance Program & CSCP Targeted Athlete

Each season BC Hockey is awarded the opportunity to nominate players to be designated by Canadian Sport Centre Pacific as “identified athletes”. The athletes are designated as a result of participation / selection / performance in the BC Hockey POE. The CSC Pacific performance model assists national and provincial sport organizations and their targeted athletes, across the province, providing services to both summer and winter sports. Registered athletes gain access to benefits including; Gymworks (gym passes), performance enhancement seminars, links to medical services, and career services. Their coaches also have access to these services.

Program Description and Guidelines

Canadian Sport Institute

BC Athlete Assistance Program


2019 WHL Cup Calgary, AB

Late October/early November 2019



Further details will be provided when available

Notable BC Hockey Alumni

Joe Sakic

Burnaby, BC

Scott Neidermayer

Cranbrook, BC

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

Burnaby, BC

Brent Seabrook

Richmond, BC

BC Hockey is a non-profit organization and member of Hockey Canada in charge of governing amateur hockey at all levels in British Columbia and the Yukon Territory.

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