February, 2014 update
Brandon makes the cut for the TV series, Hit the Ice, starting February 27, 2014 and running for 13 episodes on the APTN channel. [read more…]
May, 2013 update
Brandon continues to achieve, participating as a member of Team BC in the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC) held April 28 – May 4, 2013, in Brossard & Kahnawake, Quebec.
Brandon’s team’s first game was against Team Saskatchewan who had not lost a game and won the gold medal for this tournament for the last 5 years in a row. Brandon’s team beat Saskatchewan 5-4 and just kept the momentum going after that.
This is the first time ever that Team BC made the medal rounds. Not only did they make the medal rounds but they won GOLD!!! Brandon scored the game winning goal in the gold medal game and was named the second star of the game. In the semi-final game he set up the tying goal with 1:53 left in the game to send it into overtime and a beautiful 2 on 1 pass.
He had a really solid tournament and ended up with 2 goals and 4 assists in 6 games. Could have, should have had at least 2-4 goals more than he did but was either robbed or just missed.
Also he was invited to attend “Hit the Ice” which is a hockey camp/program put on by John Chabot (a former NHL player) for the top 20 Aboriginal Hockey players in Canada at the end of the tournament. They also make this into a TV series starting in Jan 2014. Brandon will attend the camp in July, 2013. They have invited 28 players and after the first 3-4 days will cut the roster down to 20 players. Last year they had current and former NHL players come in to the camp to work with the players. They also had the conditioning trainer for the Ottawa Senators work with the boys at the Senators’ training facility!
A big congratulation goes out to Brandon as he continues to work hard, persevere and enjoy his ongoing achievements.
NVMHA Report: McReynolds To Represent North Van At
North Van Minor will have some representation at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships when they kick-off in Saskatoon, Sask. at the beginning of May.
Brandon McReynolds attended the tryouts, held two weekends ago at the Shulus Community Arena in the Lower Nicola Band near Merrit, to try and earn a spot on Team BC, and the committee liked what they saw and brought him aboard. [read more…]
Brandon McReynolds at the 2011 Chowder Cup
Team Canada West is made up of elite players from B.C. and Alberta, and competes in the Jr. Chowder Cup in Boston each summer. Top teams from the U.S., Russia, Latvia, Belarus, Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic have been competing in the tournament since 1984. This past July, WVSD’s Premier Hockey Academy’s BRANDON McREYNOLDS was invited to be on Team Canada West, and he tells his story below.
“I was much honoured to be picked to play for Team Canada West and to have the opportunity to experience hockey at a different level. The games were fast-paced and competitive as all the teams consisted of some highly skilled players. About 75 per cent of the players (from the 1996 birth year) have already been drafted into the WHL. The coaches were very friendly and supportive, and gave us some good feedback to play better together as a team.”
“We got started with a meet-and-greet and practiced just once together before the tournament started. The players were friendly, and everyone was looking forward to just playing some hockey. We attended meetings as a team with the advisors from Boston College, Boston University, and North Eastern, where they explained to us the advantages of college sports versus Major Junior hockey.”
“They explained the experience of the college route and opportunities to continue playing competitive hockey combined with education. There is less travel to compete, and they focus on developing hockey skills on and off the ice, along with academics. When you graduate from an NCAA school, you enter the next level more mature mentally and physically. If you decide not to have a career in hockey, you have an education to fall back on.”
“I was impressed with the facilities at the colleges, arenas, training camps, video rooms, and full access to the rinks and gyms. There was a real focus on skill development, and the college is dedicated to its sports teams. Many people talked about the Bean Pot, where all the colleges in Boston compete against each other with huge fan support.”
“Although we didn’t lose a game (two wins and two ties with some good, hard-playing hockey), we didn’t make the finals. All in all, it was a great experience and I would recommend it to others, and will definitely attend again if I get the opportunity.”
Of the 20 players on Brandon’s team, most were from Alberta and eight were drafted into the WHL this summer. All were scouted throughout this past season and were invited to take part. There are no tryouts. The team was coached by Lou Gravel of Nanaimo, and included two former NHLers as instructors: Glen Wesley (Carolina Hurricanes) and Martin Gelinas (Nashville Predators).
By Dan Sallows – 11 Nov 2012
“Brandon McReynolds is a talented two-way centre that could be an exceptional Jr. player as he continues to put in the work. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound pivot is a strong skater that is excellent at getting pucks deep and forcing opponents on the forecheck. He distributes the puck exceptionally well, has a high hockey IQ, competes hard, makes his linemates better, is strong along the boards, enjoys getting engaged physically, and has decent hands. The 16-year-old represented the Squamish Nation, BC and NVMHA at the 2012 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships, and has played a few games of Jr. B in the Lower Mainland this season as well.”