(May 16, 2017) – The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council (I·SPARC) is pleased to announce Team BC’s results from the 2017 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC), held May 1-6, 2017 in the Cowichan Valley, British Columbia. Team BC was represented at the 2017 NAHC by one male team and one female team — each team comprised of the province’s top Indigenous Midget age players. Team BC’s female and male squads both earned bronze medals in an extremely competitive field of teams from across Canada.
Team BC’s performance at the 2017 NAHC was highlighted by the female team’s triple overtime win against Team Alberta in the bronze medal game. The female squad persevered in the third overtime period beating Team Alberta 2-1. The winning goal was scored by Camryn Scully and assisted by Jordan Mcmillian while the top player of the game was Team BC’s captain, Ts’setku Dunstan. BC’s female team hasn’t medaled at the Nationals since 2008.
The Team BC’s male captain Joel Patsey led the male squad to a bronze medal finish with a 5-2 win over Team Saskatchewan, earning him player of the game. Corey Cunningham was the top goal scorer of the bronze medal game, scoring two goals with assists from Jalen Price and Jeremy Gervais.
Team BC – NAHC is a program of the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I·SAPRC) and sanctioned by BC Hockey. The program provides an opportunity for the Province’s top Midget age male and female Indigenous hockey players to compete at the National Championships. I·SPARC and its Provincial Hockey Committee would like to acknowledge the 2017 NAHC Host Committee, its Event Partners (Cowichan 2008 NAIG Legacy, Cowichan Valley Regional District, Cowichan Tribes, Metis Nation BC, and the Province of British Columbia) and volunteers for hosting an outstanding event. We would also like to thank all of Team BC’s fans and supporters. Congratulations to Team BC for their outstanding performance at 2017 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships.
National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC)
The NAHC provides a forum for elite Midget-aged Indigenous hockey players from Canada. The event aids in fostering cultural unity and pride and celebrates the athletic abilities of Indigenous 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.
For more information about Team BC – 2017 NAHC, and the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council, visit www.teambcnahc.com.
Team BC Communications Manager
Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council