BEAVERLODGE BLADES

Team Staff

HEAD COACH – PHIL SYKES

Phil Sykes played his minor hockey career in Dawson Creek, BC. and played three seasons with the Junior B Kodiaks. Sykes attended tryouts at the University of North Dakota. His blinding speed and strong work ethic didn’t go unnoticed, and he went on to play four seasons for the UND Fighting Sioux.

In his four-year university career, Sykes won two NCAA championships, was named to the 1982 WCHA all-star team and was tournament MVP at both the 1980 and 1982 NCAA Tournaments.

In 1987, he was inducted to the UND Sports Hall of Fame and was also named by the NCAA in the top 50 college hockey players of all time. In 1982, after his final year of college, Phil was signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Kings and went on to a 10 year NHL career between LA and the Winnipeg Jets. Sykes was honoured to play for Team Canada in the 1986 World Championship held in Russia.

After his career as a player, Phil went on to coach in both Minnesota and Wisconsin for 15 years in the competitive hockey league in the high schools.

Team Overview

The Beaverlodge Blades is an organization within the community of Beaverlodge, geared towards offering players a positive junior hockey experience with development in mind.  It is our mission to create a program which will be a leader in the province at the junior level and have our players and coaches work together to create a positive experience while developing the skills needed to build on their hockey careers and in life.

Our Players are encouraged to become involved in the community and our local minor hockey association.  Players are encouraged to volunteer and help out at the youth hockey practices, participate in our local events such as the Festival of Trees, Remembrance Day ceremonies and local hockey tournaments when they are available.

Arena / Facilities

 

Training and Practices

3 team practices a week and 2 gym days a week with our team trainer.

Billeting

The team covers all billeting costs.

Evaluations

We film all our games

 

Team Fees

There are no fees to play for the Beaverlodge Blades

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Highest level our Coach, GM or Owner has Played

Our coach played 4 years at UND (NCAA) and played 7 years with the LA KIngs and 3 with the Winnipeg Jets- Phil Sykes

Player Advancements

We have had 2 players move on to college hockey- Lindan Clliou (Portage College CCAA) & Alex Willey (Univ. of Wyoming ACHA)