The Surrey Falcons hockey team is having a stellar season. Nearly all the players have been chosen to compete in the B.C. Winter Games next month.

Falcons to fly high at B.C. Winter Games

More than a dozen members of the Surrey Bantam A girls
hockey team score a spot in elite tournament Feb. 20-23

The Surrey Falcons are having an outstanding season.

And BC Hockey has acknowledged it.

Tryouts for zone teams for the B.C. Winter Games were staged Jan. 3-5, and 13 players from the Falcons have been selected to play in the elite tournament for under-16 female players.

There were roughly 50 players from across the Fraser Valley competing for the 20 positions on the Fraser Valley (Zone Three) team, and more than half the roster will be comprised of Falcons.

Mackenzie Brown, Sophia Christopherson, Emily Duchak, Emily Laroue, Nicola Murray, Danika Pasqua, Alicia Perez, Jessie Sanghe, Priya Sidhu, Sadie Stoppler, Mya Taylor and Tessa Younger will wear the light blue uniforms of the Fraser Valley team. Brown, however, will miss the Games due to a recent injury.

Shona Bal, a Falcons player who resides in North Delta, will play at the Feb. 20-23 B.C. Winter Games in Mission with the Fraser Delta (Zone 4) team. BC Hockey selects the zone teams as part of its Female High Performance Program.

“They all played very well during the tryouts,” said Falcons assistant coach Don Murray, admitting it was a surprise 13 players from one team were selected.

“We do have a strong team.”

Not all the players are Surrey residents, but come from communities without a Bantam A female team. Christopherson and Pasqua hail from Langley, while Duchak lives in Maple Ridge.

The Falcons are in second place in the Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association’s female Bantam A league with a 12-2-4 (won-lost-tied) record, trailing only the 15-2-1 North Shore Avalanche.

They have attended three tournaments, winning in Richmond and San Jose while placing second in Calgary after falling 4-1 to the Avalanche in the championship game.

With the regular season nearing an end, the Falcons will focus on qualifying for the provincial championships after the B.C. Winter Games concludes.

“We thought we might have a shot at the provincials early this season,” said Murray. “We picked up some strong players from Langley and Maple Ridge, and after a few practices, it all came together.”

Mission is hosting the 2014 B.C. Winter Games, which run Feb. 20-23 at venues in Mission, Township of Langley, Pitt Meadows, Hemlock, and Whistler.

The Games will include participants from across B.C. in 18 sports. Athletes will range in age from nine to 40 years old.

For more information, visit bcgames.org

sports@surreyleader.com

Surrey North Delta Leader

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Surrey council to consider a $150 FOI fee for attendance requests at city facilities

This is expected to come before council during tonight’s council meeting, on Monday July 13.

Heritage rail to remain closed for both July and August

Fraser Valley Heritage Rail Society may open Cloverdale Station in September

Delta launches online engagement portal

“Let’s Talk Delta” offers variety of feedback methods including surveys, polls, forums and Q&A boards

Story of ‘A Mother’s Journey to Adoption’ told in book by first-time Surrey author

In the 1990s, Raj Arneja and husband Gurpreet adopted two children in India

Proposed White Rock development a ‘nightmare’ for Elm Street neighbours

Density, traffic, loss of views among chief concerns of residents

B.C. records 62 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths since Friday

Province has just over 200 active cases

Hotel rooms for B.C. homeless too hasty, NDP government told

Businesses forced out, but crime goes down, minister says

Wage subsidy will be extended until December amid post-COVID reopening: Trudeau

Trudeau said the extension will ‘give greater certainty and support to businesses’

B.C. government prepares for COVID-19 economic recovery efforts

New measures after July consultation, Carole James says

COVID-19 exposure on Vancouver flight

The Air Canada 8421 flight travelled from Kelowna to Vancouver on July 6

Double homicide investigation leads Vancouver police to Chilliwack

A VPD forensics unit was in Chilliwack Saturday collecting evidence connected to East Van murders

VIDEO: Former Abbotsford resident giving away $1,000

Langley native Alex Johnson creates elaborate treasure hunt to give away cash

Tree planters get help with COVID-19 protective measures

Ottawa funds extra transportation, sanitizing for crews

UPDATE: Abbotsford shooting victim was alleged ‘crime boss,’ according to court documents

Jazzy Sran, 43, was believed to have been smuggling cocaine across the border

Most Read