CCM World Invite Crowns New Champions in Chicago

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A total of 9,956 players from 524 teams around the planet played a total of 1,162 games at 54 different rinks in the Greater Chicago Area at the 2017 CCM World Invite this past weekend, the largest youth hockey tournament in the world, over the course of three days from November 3-5. And after the ice settled, 18 new champions were crowned.

Spanning 2003 to 2008 birth years as well as U-15, U-16 and U-18 divisions, the highly anticipated event sponsored by CCM and 200×85 left a lasting impression on the nearly 10,000 players and coaches who participated. Representation included teams from approximately 36 states from the U.S., four provinces from Canada as well as five countries in Europe.


The weekend-long showcase, which featured guest appearances from NHL Hall of Famer Bobby Hull, “The Hansen Brothers,” the “On The Bench Crew” as well as Philip Pritchard and The Stanley Cup, included scouts from several leagues including representatives from Canadian Major Junior, the United States Hockey League (USHL), North American Hockey League (NAHL) and Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) as well as a variety of NCAA Division I, III and ACHA colleges and universities.

“We are very excited to partner with CCM,” Kevin Mann, Tournament Director, President and CEO for 200×85, said. “The World Invite Tournaments provide players with a world class experience to help shape their hockey careers. 200×85 looks forward to contributing to the success and development of the best young talent in the world alongside CCM. Together we will continue to be the world leader in elite hockey experiences, delivering excellence to teams and individual athletes across the globe.”

U-16 Elite Tournament Champion Team Wisconsin. (Photo courtesy of 200×85)



08 AA/AAA Chicago Jets 2, Chicago Hawks 1

Nathan Lezotte’s unassisted goal, with 6:56 remaining in regulation, was the difference as the Chicago Jets edged the Chicago Hawks in the 2008 AA/AAA Championship game at Johnny’s IceHouse West in Chicago, IL.

Lezotte set up teammate Connor Barefield with 9:10 left in the second period to put the Jets on the board, but the Hawks tied it at one when Robin Kuzma converted just 1:38 into the third period assisted by Cody Powels and Ethan Newburg. From there, Jets’ goaltender Donovan Dunlay kept the door closed to preserve the victory.

08 ELITE Boston Baked Beans 3, Oakland Jr Grizzlies 2

Reed Enders’ goal, assisted by Casey Mutryn with 1:47 left in the second period, proved decisive as Boston Baked Beans skated to the 2008 Elite Championship at Johnny’s IceHouse West in Chicago, IL.

Isaiah Pikora gave the Jr. Grizzlies a 1-0 lead in the first period, which it carried into the intermission. Boston broke through with three goals in the second frame, however, including goals from Mutryn and Conal Mulkerrin. Frank Balardi also found the back of the net for the Jr. Grizzlies. Goalie Easton Theberge stood tall in between the pipes for Boston.

2008 Elite Tournament Champion Boston Baked Beans. (Photo courtesy of 200×85)

07 AA/AAA Burlington Eagles 11, Affton 2

Nicholas Kiss turned in a hat trick and Samuel Mudie, Blake Jankovich, Michael McBay and Ben Austin each scored twice as Burlington skated to the 2007 AA/AAA Championship at Glacier Ice Arena in Vernon Hill, IL.

McBay also picked up a pair of assists for a four-point game for the Eagles, which built a 3-0 lead after one period of play. Mitchell Napier and Devon Hobson scored for Affton.

07 ELITE Chicago Mission 3, Team Illinois 1

(Photo courtesy of 200×85)

Nick Knutson had a hand in all three of his team’s goals finishing with a goal and two assists to power the Chicago Mission to the 2007 Elite Championship at the Pleasant Prairie RecPlex in Pleasant Prairie, WI.

Dylan Greenwald scored twice in the first period for the Mission, which entered the first intermission up 2-1. From there, goaltender Bjorn Gronas kept his crease clean en route to victory. Leonard Wright scored for Team Illinois.

06 AA/AAA Carolina Jr Hurricanes 6, North Jersey Avalanche 4

Cam Stehle and Josh Smith each lit the lamp twice to lift the Hurricanes to the 2006 AA/AAA tournament title at North Shore Ice Arena in Northbrook, IL.

Owen Case and Aiden Barbee also hit for Carolina, which leaned on goaltenders Jack Foy and Mikayla Williams throughout the tournament. Smith finished with two goals and two assists in the triumph. Nicolas Sykora scored twice and John Mustard and Matthew Gershengor also found the back of the net for New Jersey.

06 ELITE Team Illinois 4, Anaheim Jr Ducks 3 (OT)

Ryker Lee’s second goal of the game, an unassisted effort with 57 seconds left in overtime, lifted Team Illinois to a triumph in sudden-death at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion in Buffalo Grove, IL.

Kamil Bednarik and Bryson Walz also hit for Illinois, which utilized goalies Jimmy Mologousis and Chase Hennessy throughout the tournament. Logan Mazzella, Aiden Yi and Trevor Connelly scored for Anaheim.

05 AA/AAA Lambton Jr Sting 6, Chicago Blues 3

A lucky fan gets acquainted with legendary Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Hull at the CCM World Invite in Chicago. (Photo courtesy of 200×85)

Jaxon Priddle and Sarah Gardner each scored twice to steer the Sting to victory in the 2005 AA/AAA Championships at Canlan Ice Sports Arena in Plainfield, IL.

Isaac Oliphant and Harrison Rops also lit the lamp for Lambton, which leaned on goaltenders Caiden Smit and Joseph Malinowski throughout the tournament. Aaron Shanks collected three assists and Joaquin Gonzalez had two in the triumph for the Sting. Sammy Grimaldi, Michael Ryan and Vincenzo Fiore hit for the Blues.

05 ELITE Chicago Mission 7, Hamilton Jr Bulldogs 0

Tristan Carldel scored twice while goaltender Jeffrey Dublo turned aside all eight shots he faced as Chicago shut out Hamilton in the 2005 Elite title bout at Mount Prospect Ice Arena in Mt. Prospect, IL.

Jacob Jastrzgbski, Gabriel Perreault, Tommy Shore, Jay Reeder and Chris O’Flaherty also scored for the Mission, which built a 3-0 lead after one period of play. Ben Rossi and Mateo Gruosso combined to make 15 saves for the Bulldogs.

04 AA/AAA Tampa Scorpions 5, USA Eagles 4

Matthew Cunningham’s second goal of the game, assisted by Nico Rooney with just one second remaining in regulation, lifted Tampa to a victory in dramatic fashion in the final of the 2004 AA/AAA Championships at the Crystal Ice House in Crystal Lake, IL.

Rooney also scored twice for the Scorpions, which got goals from Aiden Thede and Danny Krolivec as well. Cameron Miller scored twice for the Eagles, which also got goals from Ben Hepp and Kyle Lucia.

“The Keeper of the Cup,” Philip Pritchard and the Stanley Cup were on hand at the CCM World Hockey Invite in Chicago. (Photo courtesy of 200×85)

04 ELITE Chicago Young Americans 4, St. Louis Blues 3

Keaton Peters’ unassisted goal, with 5:00 remaining in the third period, proved to be the game-winning goal as at the Americans edged the Blues in the final of the 2004 Elite Tournament at the Leafs Ice Centre in West Dundee, IL.

Michael Golosinski, Jason Wilson and Hunter Dodakin also found the back of the net for Chicago, which received 19 saves from goalie Owen Flores. Andrew Clarke, Alek Nelson and Jack Larrigan hit for St. Louis.

03 AA/AAA Highland Park Falcons 2, Dallas Penguins 1

The legendary “Hanson Brothers” from the immortal hockey classic, “Slapshot” were also on hand at the CCM World Invite. (Photo courtesy of 200×85)

Lucas Leadbetter’s second goal of the game, assisted by Nick Berrettini with 56 seconds remaining in regulation, lifted the Highland Park Falcons to a dramatic 2-1 triumph in the 2003 AAA Tournament Championship at the Triphahn Ice Center in Hoffman Estates, IL.

Berrettini and teammate Cole Laden set up Leadbetter 9:12 into the first period to give the Falcons a 1-0 lead, but Seth Jacson Dragojevic scored an unassisted goal to tie the game at one for the Penguins 5:02 into the second frame. Andrew Palena and Max Turcotte performed admirable in between the pipes throughout the tournament for the Falcons.

03 ELITE Chicago Mission 5, Gentry Academy 3

Nick Larrabee registered 24 saves while five different players found the back of the net in a team effort that led the Chicago Mission to victory in the final of the 2003 Elite Tournament at Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, IL.

Andrew Spence, Grayden Daul, Maverick Crupi, Jack Devine and Davis Burnside each lit the lamp for Chicago, with Devine getting credit for the game-winning goal with 6:43 remaining in the third period. Nick Sajevic, Connor Kurth and Cruz Lucius scored for Gentry Academy.

U15 AAA 95 Giants Hockey Club 2, Falcons 1

Declan Loughnane’s unassisted goal with 2:29 left in the second period proved decisive as the Giants edged the Falcons, 2-1, in the U-15 AAA Tournament Championship at Southwest Ice Arena in Crestwood, IL.

Cameron Page opened the scoring for the Giants just 2:40 into the game assisted by Tyler Pimental. The Falcons tied the score, however, when Michael Nobregas connected just 1:44 later. Goaltender Liam Sullivan, who received Tournament MVP honors, kept his crease clean from there to steer the Giants on to victory.

U15 ELITE Team Wisconsin 3, Osseo Maple Grove 2

Leo Renlund’s goal, assisted by Mack Keryluk with 39 seconds remaining in regulation, lifted Team Wisconsin to a dramatic victory in the U-15 Elite Championship game at the Arctic Ice Arena in Orland Park, IL.

Tyler Herzberg scored twice for Team Wisconsin, which utilized goaltenders Patrick Buckley and Ethan Mork throughout the tournament. Brock Faber set up both goals for Osseo Maple Grove, scored by Christopher Kernan and Henry Nelson.

U16 AAA Pittsburgh Vipers 4, Atlanta Phoenix 3 (SHO)

Dylan Zelonka played the role of hero when he converted in the shootout to lift the Pittsburgh Vipers in the U-16 AAA title bout at Center Ice of Du Page in Glen Ellyn, IL.

Tyler Stewart scored all three of his teams goals in regulation, completing the hat trick with 8:32 remaining in the second period. Richard Karapandi and Norbert Coyne stood tall throughout the tournament in net for Pittsburgh.

U16 ELITE Team Wisconsin 3, Omaha 0

Goaltender Garrett Larson earned Most Valuable Player honors as Team Wisconsin skated to a 3-0 triumph in the final of the U-16 Elite Tournament at Seven Bridges Ice Arena in Woodridge, IL.

Parker Lindauer, Zach Urdahl and Jack Rhode each found the scoresheet for Team Wisconsin, which broke the scoreless tie with 5:11 left in the second period. Cameron Berg received MVP honors on Omaha.

“The Hanson Brothers” take time out of their busy schedules to show the “On The Bench Crew” how to “put on the foil” at the CCM World Hockey Invite in Chicago. (Photo courtesy of 200×85)

U18 AA/AAA Chicago Bruins 2, 95 Giants 1

Jack Muccianti’s goal, assisted by Tyler Schettek and Nathan Radtke with 2:58 remaining in the second period, gave the Bruins a lead they would not relinquish en route to victory in the U-18 AA/AAA Tournament at Rocket Ice Skating Rink in Bolingbrook, IL.

After Chicago went up by two, Vance Moran cut the deficit to one when he connected on an unassisted goal with 11 minutes remaining in the third period. Radtke opened the scoring for Chicago 3:31 into the game, assisted by Tyler Kuta.

U18 ELITE RHA Nationals 4, Sioux Falls Jr Stampede 3

Ty Thorpe’s unassisted goal with 1:52 left in the third period proved decisive as the Nationals captured the U-18 Elite Championship at the Darien SportsPlex in Darien, IL.

Jakob Brook, Brayden Clark and Josh Kagan also scored for RHA, which utilized goaltenders Isaac Poulter and Brock Gould throughout the tournament. Max Newnam accounted for two goals for Sioux Falls, which also got a goal from Jordan Strand.

U-18 Elite Tournament Champion RHA Nationals. (Photo courtesy of 200×85)

Written by John Christian Hageny / @JCCSPORTS 

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Main Image: 2007 Elite Tournament Champion Chicago Mission. (Photo courtesy of 200×85)

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