By LeRae Haynes
Williams Lake hockey player Tyler Povelofskie has just returned from the U17 Pacific Region Hockey Camp in Kamloops. The young athlete was selected to attend the first camp with 120 kids from BC, and short-listed to attend this recent camp with 34 BC hockey players.
(Tyler Povelofskie with Prince George Spruce Kings)
The Pacific Region Camp is a new component of the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence which is undergoing a re-design across Canada. “What’s new about this is that it’s the first year BC and Alberta are combined,” Tyler said. “It makes a real difference. It wasn’t just BC, so I got to see the kids that I will play against later on.”
In order to be selected for the Pacific Region camp, players were watched throughout the last season and then selected for the first camp in Salmon Arm with 120 BC kids. Tyler explained that now that they have attended the Kamloops camp, players will either be short-listed again, or simply selected for U17 Team Pacific.
The goal is to give every athlete an outstanding experience, and to produce a Pacific Region team capable of competing against the world’s best at the U17 World Hockey Challenge this December and January in Quebec.
Tyler, who plays forward, got his start in organized hockey when he was five years old. He played for the Cariboo Cougars of the BC Hockey Major Midget League and was an affiliate for the Prince George Spruce Kings Junior A Club last season.
“Tyler started skating at about 16 months old in a frozen puddle in our backyard,” his mom, Pam, explained. “I was actually given a pair of skates for a baby gift. Up until last year Tyler’s Dad built an out door rink the full width of the back yard including lights—for those ‘late night games’ and many kids in the neighborhood played hockey in our back yard.”
She explained that Tyler started playing organized hockey with Williams Lake Minor Hockey in 2002 and was as passionate about it back then as he is today. “His Dad and I love to watch him play and love to see him achieve his goals as a developing player,” she said.
He said that next for him is attending a couple more hockey camps this month and helping out at hockey schools.
He explained that although he started playing organized hockey when he was five years old, his start on the ice was earlier. “I started skating in the back yard and I never really stopped.”
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