City of Quebec Set to Host 60th Annual PeeWee Hockey Tournament

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QUEBEC CITY — Félicitations à la ville et à la population du Québec à l’occasion du 60e anniversaire du tournoi de hockey sur glace Peewee!

Congratulations to the city and people of Quebec on the 60th Anniversary of the Peewee Ice Hockey Tournament!

Over 2,000 peewee hockey players — boys and girls age 11 and 12 — from 120 teams spanning 19 different countries will descend on Quebec City tomorrow for the 60th Annual Tournoi International de Hockey Pee-Wee de Quebec from Feb. 13-24 at Videotron Centre.

The prestigious youth hockey tournament, which has become a benchmark event since its humble beginnings in 1960, has seen over 1,500 players advance to the NHL and other professional hockey leagues internationally, including Wayne Gretzky, Guy Lafleur, Gilbert Perreault, Brad Park, Mark Howe, Mario Lemieux, Patrick Roy, and most recently, Steven Stamkos, Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews, among others.

This season, the city rolled out the red carpet for a tournament-record 19 countries, welcoming Lithuania and Romania for the first time. Australia, Austria Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Slovakia and Switzerland will also be on hand along with six Canadian provinces and 19 states from the U.S.A.

“It’s going to be a huge year — our 60th anniversary,” Tournament General Manager Patrick Dom said. “For the occasion, several activities are on the program. We are most proud to present The Hockey Hall of Fame Exhibition, which will be at Videotron Centre from February 15 to 18 and will span 11,000-square feet!”

The Stanley Cup as well as a spotlight highlighting the rich history of the Quebec Nordiques (1972-79 WHA; 1979-1995 NHL) will be on display. The exhibit is free upon presentation of a general admission ticket or official accreditation of the tournament.

“It’s going to be amazing! We invite everybody to come and visit!” Dom said. “As announced earlier, a lot of famous hockey players and stars will take part of the event —  The Hanson Brothers, Guy Lafleur, Marcel Dionne, Raymond Bourque, Vincent Lecavalier and the two actors in the Pee-Wee 3D and Major Junior films — Antoine Olivier Pilon and Rémi Goulet — will be here.”

Autograph sessions with over 30 scheduled celebrities as well as a silent auction with autographed jerseys from Johnny Gaudreau and Rasmus Dahlin, among other unique items, will also take place Videotron Centre. Fireworks will conclude the festivities on Feb. 23. For a complete schedule of events, visit the tournament’s official website at www.tournoipee-wee.qc.ca

Last season, five champions were crowned including the Czech Knights (AAA), Chicoutimi Sagueneens (AA Elite), Connecticut Jr. Rangers (AA), Beauce-Centre Baroudeurs (International) and Jean de la Mennais Amiral from La Prairie, Quebec. This season, teams from Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Wisconsin will vie for titles alongside teams from Alberta, British Colombia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec.

Games over the course of the next two weeks will be played at Videotron Centre and Pavillon de la Jeunesse, as well as Complexe Sportif de Wendake, Complexe des Trois Glaces, Aréna Réjean-Lemelin and Complexe sportif multidisciplinaire de l’Ancienne-Lorette in suburban Quebec City.

The Stanley Cup will be on hand during the 60th Quebec PeeWee Tournament celebration. (Photo gracieuseté de Tournoi International de Hockey Pee-Wee de Quebec)

There has been no shortage of well wishes and congratulations as teams embark on the 12-day tournament. The New Jersey Devils honored the team representing the Garden State on Feb. 5.

The youth hockey players arrived early to Prudential Center where they were escorted to the Devils’ locker room and welcomed by RWJ Barnabas Health and JAG-One Physical Therapy who spoke to the team about the importance of hydration, healthy pregame and post-game meal options, and recovery. The importance of warm-ups and stretching, not only in terms of maximizing on-ice and physical performance but also in relation to injury prevention, was also discussed as Devils’ Colin White looked on.

(Photo courtesy of the New Jersey Devils)
(Photo courtesy of the New Jersey Devils)

Related: Jean de la Mennais Amiral Among Champions Crowned at 2018 Quebec Pee Wee Tournament

The Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews, who made an appearance in the Quebec PeeWee Tourament as a member of the Kharkov, Ukrainian team in 2010, had a special message for this year’s class

Décompte du 60e: 3- Auston Matthews

3 JOURS🤩Auston Matthews vous souhaite BONNE CHANCE. Plus que 3 jours d'attente. Êtes-vous prêts?//3 DAYS🤩Auston Matthews wishes you GOOD LUCK. Only 3 days left! Are you ready?#peeweequebec #decompte60e présenté par @Janes Simplement Savoureux

Posted by Pee-Wee Quebec on Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Nico Hischier, the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft out of Switzerland, greets the Devils’ PeeWee team. (Photo courtesy of the New Jersey Devils)
(Photo gracieuseté de Tournoi International de Hockey Pee-Wee de Quebec)
(Photo gracieuseté de Tournoi International de Hockey Pee-Wee de Quebec)

Members of the Devils’ PeeWee team with Kyle Palmieri, who represented New Jersey at the Quebec PeeWee Tournament in 2004. (HockeyClan)

 

 

 

Written by John Christian Hageny / @JCCSPORTS 

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