Driving to the hoop with the 1956 Lester Pearson high school team in New Westminster is the legendary Ken Winslade. (Photo property of Ken Winslade 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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‘A Hoops Journey’ welcomes Ken Winslade: The caretaker and keeper of the flame for B.C. boys high school hoops joins the podcast crew on eve of tourney tip-off!

LANGLEY — The journey that the B.C. boys high school basketball championships have taken to become the annual showcase it is these days under the bright lights at the Langley Events Centre is one filled with some of the most moments in provincial sports history.

Yet the chief reason the game has been able to retain such an incredible legacy can be found in the way it has treasured its past.

So as the 2021-22 championships open a four-day run Wednesday at the LEC, it’s time to celebrate the foresight and the efforts of the B.C. game’s most important caretaker.

Ken Winslade, following a storied high school and university playing career, has for decades meticulously catalogued the history of B.C. boys high school basketball.

And today (6 p.m.), two days before our latest championships are set to tip, Winslade joins host Aaron Mitchell as the guest on this week’s episode of A Hoops Journey, the nation’s preeminent grassroots basketball podcast.

Back in March of 2014, the court on which the B.C. senior boys championship finals are played on was officially dedicated as Ken Winslade Court. (Photo property of B.C. Boys High School Basketball 2022. All Rights Reserved)

“The timing of this podcast was perfect, to go back and reflect on the rich history of the B.C. boys tournament,” Mitchell told Varsity Letters. “To connect with and get to know a man who has been instrumental in so many different ways to our history, and getting Ken to share who he is and why it means so much to him is the exact refresh A Hoops Journey was looking for.”

So join Mitchell, whose own St. Thomas More Knights are a part of the tournament this week, along with esteemed producer Corbin Castres for the episode. You can find it at Apple Music, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. There is a vast library of other guests to enjoy as well.

And take a few seconds to give it the five-star rating it deserves because by doing so you will make it easier for others find it.

“We hope all people, no matter their age, listen to this episode because after a year off, it’s the perfect start up to an amazing week,” summed Mitchell.

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