CHICAGO, IL — If you build it, they will come.
From its humble beginnings with a couple hundred teams in 2003 to the 528 teams and 10,500 players today, the CCM World Hockey Invite has become the premier youth hockey event.
Presented by 200×85, hockey teams spanning nine age groups and 22 divisions from 33 U.S. States and five world countries hit the ice for 1,250 games at 36 different rinks in suburban Chicago over the course of 58 hours Nov. 1-3.
With the infamous “Hanson Brothers” and “On The Bench Crew” on hand to kick off the weekend at a Halloween fanfest on Oct. 31, a total of 22 champions were crowned including the Chicago Mission which captured four titles. Victory Honda and the Minnesota Blades each won twice.
“The size of the event, the amount of teams involved and the total number of games played and arenas used has continued to increase thanks to the relationships 200×85 LLC has fostered with the Chicagoland area ice arenas, the support of our partners and sponsors and the connections we have developed with hockey clubs around the country who are looking to compete in elite events versus premiere competition,” Mike Embach, Director of Sponsorship and Player Development, said.
In 2005, CCM sponsored the tournament for the first time and the event took off. This season, which marked the 14th annual CCM World Hockey Invite, saw teams from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin hit the ice with teams from Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia as well as the Canadian Provinces of Ontario and British Columbia.
“The 2019 CCM World Hockey Invite was a huge success this past weekend from the second the Opening Night Reception began Thursday until the final buzzers of the championship games Sunday,” 200×85 Vice President of Hockey Operations and Tournament Director Justin Lewandowski said.
“We at 200×85 would like to thank all of the teams, participants, and parents for traveling to the Chicagoland area to compete in the biggest youth hockey tournament in the world! With the help of our many sponsors and the support of our many arena, on-ice, and off-ice staff, we were able to successfully coordinate 1,250 games in just 58 hours at 36 different ice arenas! We look forward to hosting the 2020 CCM World Hockey Invite in Chicago and we hope to see everyone back next year!”
Need to get over the hump! 👀 our Top 🔟 Plays from 200×85 CCM Hockey 2019 Chicago World Invite – @DSEHC Montgomery Blue Devils, @JrPredators @gsehockey @ATL_FireHockey @CYAboyshockey @RealVHHockey @FuryAAAHockey Anaheim Ice Dogs @nwchargers – thanks for a great tournament! pic.twitter.com/GrBJHANgTS
— LiveBarn (@LiveBarn) November 6, 2019
2019 CCM World Invite Tournament Champions
FINAL — Nashville Jr. Predators 2, Flint Jr. Firebirds 1 (2005 Jetspeed)
FINAL — KV Warriors 5, Team North Dakota 1 (2005 Ribcor)
FINAL — Chicago Mission 4, Elgin Middlesex Chiefs 2 (2005 Supertacks)
FINAL — Jr. Ice Dogs 4, Falcons 2 (2006 Jetspeed)
FINAL — Victory Honda Vipers 3, Northwest Chargers 2 (2006 Ribcor)
FINAL — Chicago Mission 5, Milwaukee Jr. Admirals 2 (2006 Supertacks)
FINAL — Omaha Jr. Mavericks 7, Long Island Royals 1 (2007 Jetspeed)
FINAL — Carolina Jr. Hurricanes 4, Palm Beach Blackhawks 2 (2007 Ribcor)
FINAL — Chicago Mission 7, Chicago Fury 1 (2007 Supertacks)
FINAL — Chicago Jets 3, West Dundee Leafs 0 (2008 AAA)
FINAL — Chicago Fury 1, Team Illinois 0 (2008 Elite)
Wrapping up @200X85 @CCMHockey Chicago World Invite with @myhockeyranking Game of the Week – 2008 Elite Division Championship Game – #3 @tihockeyaaa vs. #2 @FuryAAAHockey at @mpicearena – Fury wins 1-0 to claim tournament title – 👀 the TI penalty shot save 🔥! pic.twitter.com/AHaAuyGB3k
— LiveBarn (@LiveBarn) November 7, 2019
FINAL — Chicago Blues 3, Chicago Jets 2 (2009 AAA)
FINAL — Chicago Mission 5, NE Wisconsin Jr. Gamblers 0 (2009 Elite)
FINAL — Victory Honda 3, Sotans 2 (U15 Jetspeed)
FINAL — Afton Americans 4, Naperville Sabres 0 (U15 Ribcor)
FINAL — Minnesota Blades 8, Elgin Middlesex Chiefs 2 (U15 Supertacks)
FINAL — Minnesota Blades 4, Ashburn Xtreme 1 (U16 Jetspeed)
FINAL — Golden State Elite North 5, Little Caesars 2 (U16 Ribcor)
FINAL — Gentry Galaxy 3, Chicago Mission 2 (U16 Supertacks)
FINAL — Geneva Cyclones 3, Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 1 (U18 AAA/AA)
FINAL — TPH Michigan Hockey Adv. 3, Team Illinois 2 (U18 Elite)
The 2019 CCM Ice Hockey World Invite is underway! 500+ teams, 10,000+ players, 1,250+ games and #HockeyClan is there! Follow @200×85 and @Hockey_Clan for updates and Live Stream the games @LiveBarn Stop in and meet @Hanson_Brothers @OnTheBenchCrew @HockeyHallFame @CCMHockey #CCM pic.twitter.com/JwWxdPeSMc
— HockeyClan (@Hockey_Clan) November 1, 2019
We’ve got feet on the street at @200×85 @CCMHockey #ChicagoWorldInvite – follow our insta stories to find us tonight at 7 Bridges and at the venues over the weekend! Buckle up! Get ready for the ride!!! pic.twitter.com/lRTNd2hpgv
— LiveBarn (@LiveBarn) October 31, 2019
Written by John Christian Hageny / @JCCSPORTS
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