QUEBEC CITY — Approximately 1,800 players from 120 teams representing 17 countries were on hand at the 59th annual Tournoi International de Hockey Pee-Wee de Quebec at Videotron Centre from Feb. 7-18 and when it was all said and done, Jean de la Mennais school of La Prairie, Quebec was among five champions crowned.
A total of 208,995 spectators were on hand during the 12-day tournament leading up to the final when Brandon Boudreau snapped a tie 12 seconds into the third period for the game-winning goal as the Amirals edged Kuper Academy of Kirkland, Quebec, 3-2, on Sunday.
All told, five champions were crowned including the Czech Knights (AAA), Chicoutimi Sagueneens (AA Elite), Connecticut Jr. Rangers (AA) and Beauce-Centre Baroudeurs (International).
Boys and girls ages 11 and 12 from Austria, Australia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland joined teams from Canada and the United States to vie for the title.
Six Canadian provinces were represented with teams from British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Quebec on hand along with squads from 16 states in the U.S. including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia spanning Pee Wee AAA, AA, AA Elite, school and international classifications.
“From our point of view, this year’s tournament has been a great success despite the fact this is an Olympic year with over 208,000 spectators,” Jean-Marc Menard, Media Relations for the Quebec Pee Wee Tournament, said.
After almost 60 years, the Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament is still a place of unforgettable encounters and memorable souvenirs where thousands of youth hockey players come to defend their colours.
Founded in 1960 by Gerard Bolduc, several players have gone on to the National Hockey League including Brad Park, Guy Lafleur, Wayne Gretzky, Mark Howe, Mario Lemieux, Patrick Roy and Steven Stamkos, among others, have all participated at this event at one point or another in their careers.
Others, like Jean Beliveau, Maurice Richard and Gordie Howe have made appearances at the can’t-miss youth hockey event, which has become a staple in the community, from the stands.
Quebec Pee Wee Tournament Championship Recaps
Beauce-Centre Baroudeurs 5, Rouyn-Noranda Citadelles 1 (International B)
Pierrick Pre scored twice while Joseph Maheux and Ophelie Gilbert turned in a solid performance in between the pipes as Beauce-Centre defeated Rouyn-Noranda, 5-1, in the final of the International B tournament.
William Arsenault opened the scoring 16 seconds into the game, assisted by Mathys Allaire and Mathieu Fillion, to give the Citadelles a 1-0 lead after one, but Nicolas Ouellet and Pier-Alexandre Gilbert connected in the second period to give the Baroudeurs a 2-1 advantage after two.
Louis-Felix Gilbert put the Baroudeurs up two just 42 seconds into the third before Pre connected again eight seconds after the ensuing face-off.
College Jean-de-la-Mennais Amiral 3, Kuper Academy Kodiaks 2 (School)
Brandon Boudreau’s goal, 12 seconds into the third period assisted by Amine Hajibi, proved decisive as College Jean-de-la-Mennais skated to a 3-2 victory in the Pee Wee Scolaire Tournament.
Alexandre Nadon gave the Amirals a 1-0 lead 9:41 into the second period before Hajibi doubled it 4:11 into the third. Kuper Academy battled back, however, and tied the score at two when Keanan Dewberry and Luca Martino connected 1:50 apart to force overtime.
Alexandre Bellemare of College de-la-Mennais as well as Rudy Guimond performed well in net to send the final into overtime.
Connecticut Jr. Rangers 5, Charlottetown Islanders 2 (AA)
Brendan Giles scored twice and assisted on a third to power the Rangers past the Islanders, 5-2, in the Pee Wee AA Tournament finale.
Giles found the back of the net just 33 seconds into the game to send Connecticut into the first intermission with a 1-0 lead. Giles set up Luke Drury 10:03 into the second period as the Rangers began to build momentum heading into the third.
Giles connected again 2:37 into the final frame to put Connecticut up 3-0, but Charlottetown made it a one-goal game when Easton Fitzpatrick and Thatcher Hughes scored 1:08 apart to cut it to 3-2 with 8:41 remaining in regulation.
Connor Crosby set up Jack Neal at 7:47, however, before Sam Tsao added an insurance goal with 3:29 left to cap the scoring for the Rangers.
Ethan Fehrenbaker and James Heber combined to record the win in between the pipes for Connecticut.
Chicoutimi Sagueneens 3, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 1 (AA Elite)
Trailing by one in the third period, Eliot Simard tied the score before Vincent Collard proved the go-ahead goal with 4:58 remaining in regulation as Chicoutimi erased a one-goal deficit en route to a 3-1 triumph over Blanville-Boisbriand in the final of the Pee Wee AA Elite Tournament.
Vincent Durand gave the Armada a 1-0 lead, snapping the scoreless tie 2:06 into the third period. Simard tied it at one 2:42 later.
The game remained tied until Collard connected 10:02 into the third, assisted by Justin Maltais and Guillaume Brassard.
Olivier Flageole capped the scoring and provided Chicoutimi some breathing room with an unassisted goal with 46 seconds left.
Brassard stood tall in between the pipes to lead the Sagueneens to victory. Marc-Antione Lemay performed admirably in net for the Armada.
Czech Knights 2, Boston Jr. Eagles 0 (AAA)
Petr Pavelec recorded a goal and an assist while Michael Hrabal turned aside every shot he faced as the Czech Knights shut out the Boston Jr. Eagles, 2-0, in the Pee Wee AAA Tournament finale.
Pavelec opened the scoring 10:34 into the second period before setting up David Moravec with 2:17 remaining in regulation as the Knights held on for victory.
Sam Scopa did all he could to give the Jr. Eagles a chance to pull out the comeback but it was not to be.
Lets take a look at some of the teams!
(All Photos courtesy of Tournoi de International de Hockey Pee Wee de Quebec)
Written by John Christian Hageny / @JCCSPORTS
Special to HockeyClan
Main Image: The Czech Knights celebrate their Pee Wee AAA Quebec Youth Hockey Tournament Title on the ice of Videotron Centre in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada on Feb. 18, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Tournoi International de Hockey Pee-Wee de Quebec)
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