With support from the New York Islanders as part of their Amateur Hockey Development Program, the Burnaby Junior Islanders Program was officially launched in August of 2017.
Originally conceived to be a 2007 only age group, interest grew and we anticipate starting the 2021 Spring Season with the age groups of 2006 – 2011.
The Burnaby Junior Islanders will be based out of Burnaby, British Columbia, and train primarily out of Burnaby Winter Club, Planet Ice Coquitlam, Burnaby 8 Rinks and New Edge Alliance in Coquitlam. Occasional sessions will be held at Delta Planet Ice, as well as Excellent Ice in Surrey.
The CORE focus of this program will be on youth skills DEVELOPMENT, fitness, competitiveness, sportsmanship, and camaraderie. We employ some of the best coaches in British Columbia and utilize highly respected trainers and programs such as Karen Kos, Victor Kraatz, Santorelli HD, PFGS Goaltending, as well as programs such as Learning to Score with Cliff Ronning.
While we can’t state exactly when the program will commence due to ongoing COVID restrictions, we anticipate it running April – end of May for most programs. Academy age teams may start later and end later, depending on their program schedules.
This year will differ slightly from past years. We will be scheduling your program around on and off ice training only. Tournaments will depend on when and if they are permitted to proceed. There would be an additional charge for teams to enter these.
We were not able to hold our usual Assessment Skates in November/December of this year, so teams may be formed using referrals. There is always the chance that we move players around after the formation of those teams to ensure they are with the group best for their development.
For more information about our program, or about how your child may participate, please CONTACT US.