24 May 2013
Hawks Announce Coaching Staff
The Valley West Hawks are proud to announce Tom Spencer as their Head Coach for the 2013/2014 Season. Tom has led the Hawks to back to back 20 win seasons and looks to add to his 40-30-10 regular season record in the BC Major Midget League. Prior to his current stint as Head Coach of the Hawks, Tom spent 2 seasons as an Assistant Coach with the Fraser Valley Bruins where he worked with Shea Theadore (Seattle, WHL) and Devon Toews (Quinnipiac 2013). He is currently a Scout for the Penticton Vees (BCHL).
Jessie Leung returns as Assistant Coach for the 2013/2014 season, his third in the BCMML. Jessie has coached in the BC High Performance program for 2 years and won Gold at the 2012 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup as the Video Coach for U16 Team BC.
Joining the Hawks’ staff this year is Assistant Coach Wayne Stripp. Wayne played 2 years in the WHL for the Victoria Cougars before moving on to the Norfolk Admirals of the ECHL. He has coached many years for the Surrey Minor Hockey Association and was the GM/Head Coach of the Mission Icebreakers (PJHL). This will be Wayne’s first season as an Assistant Coach with the Valley West Hawks.
Registration for the 2013-14 BCMML season will be available starting on June 3, 2013, with tryouts slated to run August 8 - 11 at Langley Twin Rinks. For more information about the BCMML and tryouts, please visit http://www.bchockey.net/mml/MML.aspx
The BC Hockey Major Midget League provides elite level competition for 15, 16 and 17-year-old players in the province of British Columbia. It also provides players with the necessary development to play at the Major Junior and Junior A levels of hockey.
For more information about BC Hockey, please visit the BC Hockey website at www.bcmml.net or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo Credit: Doug Westcott
Jerret Smith is the subject of your Alumni Spotlight. Jerret Smith spent the 2011/2012 season patrolling the blue line for the Valley West Hawks and received the team's "Best Defenseman" award. His 6 goals and 21 assists put him 5th in league scoring by defensemen. His all-around effectiveness was good enough to catch the attention of the Seattle Thunderbirds whom wasted no time in signing Jerret to a standard WHL contract.
Jerret has started this season and his WHL career on a tear. He has notched 4 points in 6 games which ties him for league lead for rookie-defenseman scoring. He has the same number of points in 2 fewer games than highly touted 2013 NHL Draft prospect Seth Jones.
The Hawks are extremely proud to count Jerret Smith as one of our own and wish him all the best!
Check the season schedule here.