Saturday, December 15, 2018
The Canada Winter Games are held every four (4) years, and hosts competitions in a wide variety of winter sports, including hockey.
British Columbia has twice won the Canada Winter Games, the first time in 1979, the second in 2011. The 1979 games were hosted in McCreary, Manitoba, and the hockey teams were comprised of Junior B players from each province. British Columbia finished first in their pool, after finishing group play with a perfect record of four (4) wins and no losses.
BC played Prince Edward Island in the semi-final and marched easily to the gold medal game with a 13-2 victory. British Columbia would face another maritime province in the final, competing with Nova Scotia, and beating them 8-0 to claim the national title.
The team was comprised of the following 19 skaters; Dan Mcfarland, Ken MacIntyre, Doug Festerling, Bruno Tassone, Wayne Proeviat, Mike Will, Del Parker, Brent O’Conner, Mike Parsons, Don Bodger, Tracy Patterson, Ted Cousens, Kevin Lust, Steve Unti, Barry Zanier, Dan Hlushko, Ken Manson, Brian Festerling and Ron Brooks.
Team BC also boasted an impressive staff with Dave Andrews, Terry Forman, Colin Patterson, Gord Jones and Allan Matthews helping the team to victory.
The 1979 Canada Winter Games Team BC was inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015.