Team BC Player Selection Camp for 2020 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships

Victoria, BC (January 15, 2020) – The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I∙SPARC) is pleased to announce the Player Selection Camp for Team BC’s participation in the 2020 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC). The 2020 NAHC will be hosted in Regina, Saskatchewan from May 9 – 16, 2020.

2020 Team BC PLAYER SELECTION CAMP:
Top Indigenous male and female hockey players are invited participate in the 2020 Team BC Player Selection Camp where players will be evaluated and selected over a three-day period by the Team BC Coaching staff. Team BC is seeking 20 male and 20 female athletes to represent BC at the NAHC.

The 2020 Selection Camp will be held March 27-29, 2020 at the Canlan Ice Sport South Cariboo Recreation Centre in 100 Mile House, BC.

Players must meet the following criteria to be eligible for participation in the NAHC:

  • Resident of British Columbia and have Indigenous ancestry (First Nations, Inuit, Métis). Acceptable proof of ancestry includes Status card, Treaty card, and Provincial Métis Card, Inuit or Inuvialuit identification. For those with a card, a formal Declaration of Ancestry may be completed with supporting documentation (form available upon request).
  • Registered or eligible to be registered with BC Hockey. (Players not registered with BC Hockey for 2019/20 season may register via this camp for an additional fee of $40)
  • Male: Midget age, as of the 2019/20 competitive season (born 2002 to 2004)*
  • Female: Midget age, as of the 2019/20 competitive season (born 2002 to 2004)*

*While this is a program primarily for Midget aged hockey players (born 2002-2004), Bantam age players are eligible to compete in the NAHC. As a competitive selection camp, Midget and Bantam players will be competing amongst one another for a position on the team. For safety reasons, Bantam aged players (born 2005-2006) may register for the selection camp but must be pre-approved by the coaching staff before they can participate in the camp. The coaching staff will consider the player’s size and competitive experience in rendering a decision. Bantam registrants will be notified via email as soon as possible regarding approval.

Registration:
The Camp Registration Fee is $120 per player and includes a Team BC Selection Camp jersey. Pre-registration is mandatory as no ‘walk-ins’ will be accepted.  For more information and online registration, please visit: www.teambcnahc.com. Registration will close at 4:00 PM Friday, March 13, 2020.

National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC)
The NAHC provides a forum for elite Aboriginal youth hockey players from across Canada. The event aids in fostering cultural unity and pride and celebrates the athletic abilities of Aboriginal athletes from across the country. Team BC is represented by ONE MALE team and ONE FEMALE team which comprise the top youth players from across the province.

Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council (I∙SPARC)
I·SPARC is a consortium of the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, First Nations Health Authority, and Métis Nation BC. As the stewards of BC’s Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Strategy, I·SPARC works with First Nations, Métis Chartered Communities, Friendship Centres, schools and other sport and physical activity stakeholders to deliver community-based programs designed to promote active lifestyles and support the desire for transformative change in the health and well-being of Indigenous communities, families and individuals across BC.

For more information about Team BC and the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council, please visit: www.isparc.ca.

Alissa Assu

Provincial Coordinator, Performance Sport

Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council

T: 250.940.4913

E: aassu@isparc.ca