Not only is competing as an athlete in the Canada Winter Games an extreme honour, but to be appointed official flag bearer of your home province; now that’s a major accolade.
Guiding 251 athletes, 46 coaches, 29 managers, and technical support staff and 23 mission staff, Finlay Williams of the B.C. men’s hockey team will lead his province into the Opening Ceremony of the 2019 Canada Winter Games on February 15, 2019, in Red Deer, Alta.
Williams is a third round, 54th overall, Swift Current Broncos draft selection from the 2018 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. Currently, he is the assistant captain for the Burnaby Winter Club Academic Midget Prep team of the Canadian Sports School Hockey League (CSSHL). The 5-foot-11, 170-pound forward has 39 points (12G-27A) in 29 games and sits in 21st position in the CSSHL’s Midget Prep division leading players.
“I’ve really wanted to make this team for a long time,” said Williams. “It means a lot to me and family. It’s an event that’s bigger than hockey.
“I just want to say to all of my teammates in hockey and outside hockey to be grateful and make the best of every opportunity at the Games!”
The North Vancouver, B.C. product played with Burnaby Winter Club Bantam Prep team of the CSSBHL last season and totaled 32 points (10G-22A) in 29 games. Williams also competed in the prestigious John Reid Memorial Tournament where he notched three assists in five games.