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Braves Need Billets for 2014-2015 Season

The Saanich Braves Hockey Club is in urgent need of billet families for the 2014/2015 hockey season. We are short homes for players this year and we need assistance from the community in finding placements for our billeted players.

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The importance of billet families to the Braves Junior program is immeasurable. Part of our commitment to our players and their parents is to help provide them with a good home. Their time with the billet family is a very important time of their lives. They are away from their family and friends - often for the first time - so their billets literally become their surrogate family. While the billets receive some monetary compensation, tickets to home games and invitations to team events, the real rewards are in the lasting relationships that are formed.

When a family volunteers to house a member of the team, they are required to provide room and board for the player. This includes, providing nutritious food that is available for him to prepare or for the billets to prepare for the player. In addition, billets must be able to provide the player with his own room, or can share with a fellow team member. Billets are expected to treat the player as "one of the family" and not just a "renter". The same applies for the player, who is expected to be part of the family. He will be expected to help out with daily tasks such as cleaning up after themselves and keeping their room tidy. Billet families will receive support in any way needed from the Saanich Braves organization.

How long is a billet family's commitment? This varies depending on the player; some are with the family during the hockey season which operates from the end of August to the end of March. Throughout the season, players try to go home for the weekend as often as the game schedule permits and every player will go home over the holiday breaks.

If you would like more information on becoming part of the Brave's Family please contact Head Coach/GM Brad Cook @ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Braves Release 2014-2015 VIJHL Schedule

The Saanich Jr. Braves have announced their 48 game schedule for the 2014-2015 season.

The Braves will begin the new VIJHL season with three straight road games, starting Thursday, September 4th against the League Champion Victoria Cougars at Archie Browning Arena in Esquimalt at 7:00 pm.  The Braves then face Westshore on Wednesday, September 10th and the Cougars again on Thursday, September 11th, before returning home for their opener at Pearkes Arena on Friday September 12th at 6:30 pm against the Westshore Wolves.

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The Braves will battle the Victoria Cougars twice in the first three games of the 2014-2015 season, both times at Archie Browning Arena in Esquimalt

The Braves will play 7 games in September, 10 in October, 11 in November, 6 in December, 10 in January and 4 in February, with playoffs to follow after that.  In addition to the Braves playing 16 home games in their regular Friday night 6:30 time slot, the team will play 8 Wednesday night home games starting at 7:30 pm, including six Wednesdays in a row beginning October 8th.

The Braves will meet their South Division rivals Victoria, Westshore, Peninsula and Kerry Park eight times each (4 home, 4 away) and will play the North Division teams four times each (2 home and 2 away).  The Braves longest span away from Pearkes Arena will be in January 2015 when they play at home on the Friday the 2nd and then hit the road for 5 straight road games, returning home on Friday the 23rd.  The road games are split however by the 2015 VIJHL All-Star game which will be played in Comox on Sunday January 18th at 1:00 pm.

 

 

Former Brave AP DeJong Signed by Portland

The Saanich Braves are pleased to announce that 2013-2014 affiliate player Brendan DeJong has been signed by the Western Hockey League's Portland Winterhawks.

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De Jong, a 6'4", 180-pound defenseman, was a seventh round pick in the 2013 Bantam Draft and will join the Winterhawks this season as a 16-year-old. He played for the Pacific Sea Devils Elite 15 team this past season, where he had four goals and nine assists for 13 points in 32 games. He also suited up in five games for the Braves of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League.

"We're excited that Brendan and his family have chosen the Winterhawks and the WHL as the best place for him to continue his development," said Portland Winterhawks General Manager & Head Coach Jamie Kompon. "Brendan is a smooth-skating defenseman with tremendous upside. His skating, hockey sense and ability to defend are what we look for in a defenseman. We look forward to watching Brendan grow and emerge as a top flight player for the Winterhawks."

 

Braves Go Down Fighting, Fall to Comox in OT

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart  - The Saanich Braves battled hard, but a goal from Comox's Duncan Pernal at 2:44 of overtime gave the Glacier Kings a 3-2 win Monday evening in VIJHL playoff action at Pearkes Arena in Saanich.

The win gave the Glacier Kings a sweep of the opening round VIJHL playoff series four games to none and broke the hearts of the Braves, who had played perhaps their best game in the past two months.

 

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Glacier Kings Overpower Braves 7-2

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart -  The Comox Valley Glacier KIngs used four powerplay goals to cruise to a 7-2 win over the Saanich Braves in Game 2 of their VIJHL playoff series Thursday night at Pearkes Arena in Saanich.

The win gives Comox a 2-0 lead in the series with Game 3 scheduled to be back in Comox on Saturday evening.

The Glacier Kings scored early in this one, as just 3:17 in, Dallas Maxwell would walk out from the corner and fire Comox's first shot high glove side on Saanich goaltender Jason Stewart for the 1-0 lead.

 

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