Thursday, February 5, 2015
Team BC has announced that Saanichton’s Micah Hart, a member of the Female U18 hockey team, will be the flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, BC.
The Opening Ceremony will take place Friday, February 13, 2015 at the CN Centre in Prince George. Hart will lead a contingent of 249 athletes, 49 coaches, 27 managers and 23 mission staff. The Opening Ceremony will be broadcast live on TSN2 at 7:00PM Pacific Time (PST).
Hart has already received congratulatory messages from B.C. Premier Christy Clark, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Coralee Oakes, and Canadian Olympic speed skater Catriona Le May Doan. At a Team BC media session, Hart said, “It is a huge honour to be asked to be the Team BC flag bearer for the Canada Winter Games especially with these Games being hosted in our home province. I think it will be an amazing atmosphere at the Opening Ceremony in Prince George and an unforgettable experience leading in Team BC.”
At age 18, Hart already has quite an impressive hockey resume. A veteran of BC Hockey’s High Performance programs, she has also represented Canada on the international stage. Hart was named to Canada’s National Women’s U18 Team roster for the 2014 IIHF Women’s U18 World Championship in Budapest, Hungary in March 2014, where she helped Canada win a gold medal in the tournament. Hart also served as the captain of its U18 squad in a summer series against the United States and the 2015 U18 Women’s World Championship in Buffalo, where she helped lead the team to a silver medal.
Hart and the rest of the Female U18 Team
take on Team Québec in their opening game of the tournament on February 14, 2015 at 8:00PM Pacific Time (PST) on TS2. Team BC will also be taking on Ontario and Prince Edward Island in Pool “B” of round-robin play, with the quarterfinals taking place on February 18, 2015. The bronze and gold medal games will take place on February 20, 2015.
The 2015 Canada Winter Games will be the largest multi-sport and cultural event to ever be held in Prince George and Northern BC. It is forecasted to generate an economic impact of $70 to $90 million to the area. Athletes from 10 provinces and three (3) territories will compete in 19 sports. For more information about Team BC and the 2015 Canada Winter Games, please visit their websites at www.teambc.org