Langley Coach nets B.C. award

Langley resident has been named as the BC Major Midget League’s No. 1 bench boss.

BC Hockey announced May 7 that Valley West Hawks head coach Tom Spencer has earned the nod as the 2013/14 Major Midget League (MML) Coach of the Year.

Spencer has held the Hawks head coach position for the past three seasons, serving as assistant coach for the Fraser Valley Bruins prior to that.  

He has also been involved with the Langley Minor Hockey Association and the BC Hockey Male High Performance program.

He led the Hawks to a third place overall finish in the MML regular season with a 27-11-2 record.  

The team went on to defeat the Cariboo Cougars in the quarter-finals of the MML playoffs before falling to the Okanagan Rockets in three games.

The Rockets ended up winning the BC MML title en route to a berth in the Telus Cup national tournament in Moose Jaw, Sask., where they earned a bronze medal with a 3-2 overtime win over the Toronto Young Nationals.

The BC Hockey MML was established in 2004 to provide elite level 15, 16, and 17 year olds an opportunity to play within their own age group at a high level and be developed for the next level of hockey.  

These teams have an opportunity each year to compete for the national midget championship.



BC Hockey announced May 8 that changes have been made to MML zone boundaries for next season.  

The changes made to the boundaries were recently finalized by the league’s executive committee.

The boundary changes include:

• Langley Minor Hockey Association moving to the Fraser Valley Zone.

• New Westminster Minor Hockey Association moved to the North East Zone.

•  Burnaby Minor Hockey Association separated into Burnaby East Minor Hockey Association and Burnaby West Minor Hockey Association.

• Burnaby East Minor Hockey Association has been moved to the North East Zone.

• Burnaby West Minor Hockey Association will remain in the North West Zone.

• North Delta Minor Hockey Association moved to the Valley West Zone.

• Cowichan Valley Minor Hockey Association separated into Cowichan Valley North Minor Hockey Association and Cowichan Valley South Minor Hockey Association.

• Cowichan Valley North Minor Hockey Association has been moved to the North Island Zone.

• Cowichan Valley South Minor Hockey Association will remain in the South Island Zone.

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