Male Team BC Wins 2013 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships

by lmussell on May 7, 20133477 Views

Monday, May 6, 2013 – Team BC made history at the 2013 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (2013 NAHC) by winning the Province’s first national title in the event’s 12 year history.  Hosted in Kahnawake, Quebec, April 29 to May 4, Team BC defeated Team Ontario by a score of 5-3 in the gold medal game held Saturday evening.

“We are so proud to bring the gold medal home to BC,” said Head Coach Joe Quewezance.  “It was a great week in Kahnawake. The coaching staff couldn’t be more proud of the players and everyone involved with Team BC.  The hard work and dedication was unprecedented and the team dynamics were incredible. When we held the selection camp back in April we were blown away by the amount of young talented Aboriginal hockey players in BC.  Once the team was selected, we were confident the group chosen was going to be a strong contender.”

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Heading into the tournament seeded 5th in the male division, Team BC gradually climbed the rankings through the week and landed themselves in the semi-finals against Team Manitoba. The result was an exciting 4-3 overtime win, which advanced Team BC into its first ever appearance in the NAHC’s gold-medal game facing Team Ontario. 

In the championship game, Team BC held a comfortable 4-2 lead until Ontario scored in the latter half of the third period to put them within one goal of tying the game. With just one minute left on the clock, Team Ontario pulled their goaltender, which made for an exciting finish. With one second left in the game, Team BC sealed the victory with an empty net goal. 

The Team BC program for the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships is managed by the Aboriginal Sport, Recreation & Physical Activity Partners Council (Partners Council) and sanctioned by BC Hockey.  The program provides an opportunity for the Province’s top Aboriginal hockey players to compete at the National Championships, which celebrates sport excellence as well as cultural unity and pride. 

“This program is not just about elite hockey, it also about building leaders – both on and off the ice,” notes Assistant Coach Chief Shane Gottfriedson. “Through this program, we’ve shown that a long term investment in Aboriginal sport not only results in gold medals, it has influenced the way our communities see sport as preventative health and a primary tool for wellness.”

Additional highlights of the 2013 NAHC include Team BC forward Donovan Law awarded player of the game for the gold medal match; Team BC defenseman Joshua Poitras and Team BC goaltender Devon Pearson, named as 2013 NAHC Tournament All-Stars; and Joshua Poitras also named as 2013 NAHC Tournament MVP. 

The Partners Council and its Provincial Hockey Committee congratulates Team BC on their outstanding performance at 2013 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships.

Team BC (Male) Roster

 #

First

Last

City

YOB

HT

WT

Position

Community/Nation

School

2012/13 Season Team

14

Adam

Beatty

Kelowna

1995

6’0″

170

Centre

Métis

Immaculata Regional High

Kelowna Jr Rockets Midget Tier 1

9

Riley

Brandt

Trail

1996

5’8″

175

Forward

Métis Kootenay Region

J.L. Crowe Secondary

Beaver Valley Nitehawks (KIJHL)

30

Matthew

Brenner

Williams Lake

1995

6’2″

190

Goaltender

Tobacco Plains Band

Columneetza Secondary

Williams Lake Timberwolves

10

Shae

Bruyere

Kamloops

1999

5’11”

145

Defense

Couchiching First Nation

Valleyview Secondary

Kamloops Players Bench Predators

17

Lindan

Calliou

Kelly Lake

1995

6’2″

200

Forward

Métis

Beaverlodge Regional High

Beaverlodge Blades (NWJHL)

3

Bradley

Colter

Merritt

1996

6’4″

220

Forward

Métis

Merritt Secondary

Merritt Midget Rep

8

Lynden

Eddy

Duncan

1995

6’1″

205

Centre

Métis

Cowichan Secondary

Nanaimo Buccaneers (VIJHL)

11

Hayden

Guilderson

Chilliwack

1997

5’6″

140

Forward

Tzeachten First Nation

Yale Secondary

Chilliwack Jr Bruins Midget AAA Tier 1

6

Darien

Head

Salmon Arm

1996

6’1.5″

175

Defense

Métis; Cree Nation

Salmon Arm Secondary

North Okanagan Knights (KIJHL)

19

Lakota

Joe

Sechelt

1996

5’11”

175

Defense

Sechelt First Nation

Chatelech Secondary

Sunshine Coast Blues

7

Donovan

Law

Prince George

1996

5’8″

160

Forward

Nechako Fraser Métis

Prince George Secondary

Cariboo Cougars Major Midget

18

Jordan

Low

Prince George

1996

6’4″

175

Defense

Métis North Central Region

Prince George Secondary

Cariboo Cougars Major Midget

16

Gary

Martin

Tofino

1996

6’2″

206

Defense

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations

Ucluelet Secondary

Alberni Valley Midget Bulldogs

15

Brennen

Mayers

Sechelt

1996

5’11”

163

Forward

Sechelt First Nation

Chatelech Secondary

Sunshine Coast Blues

4

Brandon

McReynolds

North Vancouver

1996

6’0″

170

Centre

Squamish Nation

Sentinel Secondary

North Vancouver Storm; Delta Ice Hawks (PIJHL)

1

Devon

Pearson

Kamloops

1995

5’10”

157

Goaltender

Little Shuswap Lake Band

Chase Secondary

Chase Heat (KIJHL)

21

Joshua

Poitras

Surrey

1996

5’11”

195

Defense

Nova Métis

Guildford Park Secondary

Surrey Midget AAA Tier 1

5

Tre

Potskin

Prince George

1995

5’10”

185

Forward

Driftpile First Nation

Prince George Secondary

Cariboo Cougars Major Midget

12

Brett

Watkinson

Kamloops

1995

5’10”

160

Centre

Xaxli’p First Nation

Valleyview Secondary

Kamloops Storm (KIJHL)

13

Austin

Willier

Clearwater

1997

6’0″

190

Defense

Driftpile First Nation

Chase Secondary

Chase Heat (KIJHL)

Head Coach – Joe Quewezance, Merritt, BC

Asst. Coach – Shane Gottfriedson, Kamloops, BC

Asst. Coach – Josh Hepditch, Creston, BC

Manager – Randy Potskin, Prince George, BC

Trainer – James Martin, Tofino, BC

GM – Lara Mussell Savage, Chilliwack, BC

 

 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC)

The NAHC provides a forum for elite Bantam/Midget age Aboriginal hockey players from across Canada. The event aids in fostering cultural unity and pride and celebrates the athletic abilities of Aboriginal hockey players from across the country. Team BC is represented by two teams, one male and one female, which are both composed of the top players from across the Province.

Aboriginal Sport, Recreation & Physical Activity Partners Council

The Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council is a consortium of the First Nations Health Council, BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres and the Metis Nation BC. The overarching mission of the Partners Council is to improve the health outcomes of Aboriginal people across British Columbia by supporting and encouraging physically active communities and by expanding access to sports and recreation opportunities. The Partners Council has established six regions across BC inclusive of the Northwest, Northeast, Interior, Fraser, Vancouver Coastal, and Vancouver Island. This structure brings together community sport, recreation, physical activity and health leaders from within each Region to establish committees, set priorities and create annual plans for advancing sport, recreation and physical activity in their area.

For more information about Team BC, 2013 NAHC, and the Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council, visit www.teambcnahc.com or facebook.com/ASRPAPartnersCouncil, or contact:

 

Aboriginal Sport, Recreation & Physical Activity Partners Council

Lara Mussell Savage

Manager, Sport Development & Competitions

teambc@bcaafc.com

1.800.990.2432 or 250.388.5522 ext. 233

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