Each year the PCAHA holds five special recognition events to promote the ideals of scholastic achievement and sportsmanship combined with participation in Minor Hockey at the Midget and Juvenile levels, and to showcase the talents of players in these divisions.
The focus is a way for graduating PCAHA players to finish their final season playing minor hockey by providing an opportunity for the girls to play with their peers who they have been playing with and against throughout their minor hockey career, as part of a final, fun, celebratory event. As a bonus, this event recognizes all graduating female midget players and provides them a chance to compete for special $500 PCAHA bursaries. A scholarship will be awarded to a player from each of the midget A, midget C black and midget C red skill levels based on their work ethic and sportsmanship displayed during the tournament.
The 19th annual PCAHA Female Midget Scholarship Tournament event occurred March 12-18, 2018. Eligible participating players were 17 years old as of December 31, 2017; registered on a team in the PCAHA Female Midget division; and met sportsmanship requirements. The Tournament consisted of a three team single round robin with a final game, for a total of four games. This year the teams are named after CWHL an NWHL teams—the Canadiennes, Inferno, and Riveters. Balanced teams allowed players to receive equal playing time.
Alex Gardner and Bonnie Paulson from the 19UA Wild played with the Riveters, named after WWFHA’s sister team in the NWHL and coached by two women coaches from the Vancouver Angels Midget C1 team. Per Drew MacDonald, the PCAHA Managing Director of Female hockey, Alex and Bonnie are the first WWFHA players ever to participate in the Scholarship Tournament, thus marking yet another milestone for WWFHA. Director MacDonald stated he would like to see more players participate in 2019. Assistant Captain Gardner led the 19UA Wild offense this season with 41 points and 16 PIM, and Captain Paulson led the defense with 30 points and 12 PIM.
Alex said: “It was so nice to play in a fast game where I could skate full speed every shift! We had three lines of forwards plus a spare—what a treat!” Both Alex and Bonnie spent the majority of the season playing with a bench of 7 to 9 players; their excellent conditioning was noticeable during the games. Despite their best efforts, the Riveters lost their first game 5-1 and their second game 4-3. Both players enjoyed the experience and recommend future seniors participate.