QUEBEC CITY — Merci beaucoup à la ville et aux Québécois d’avoir organisé le 60e tournoi annuel de hockey peewee! Ce fut vraiment un événement magnifique pour toutes les personnes impliquées, des joueurs aux entraîneurs et aux fans!
Thank you very much to the city and people of Quebec for hosting the 60th annual peewee hockey tournament! It was truly a magnificent event for everyone involved from players to coaches and fans!
Over 2,000 peewee hockey players — boys and girls age 11 and 12 — from 120 teams spanning 19 different countries participated in the milestone 60th Annual Quebec PeeWee Tournament from Feb. 13-24, and on the final day of competition five new champions: the Los Angeles Junior Kings (AAA), Lanaudière Pionniers (AA Elite), Pointe-Lévy Commandeurs (AA), Nicolas-Gatineau Intrépide (Schools) and Team Romania (International) celebrated as tournament champions on the final day of competition at Videotron Centre in Quebec City.
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 were also be on hand along with six Canadian provinces and 19 U.S. states.
All told, the 60th Annual of the Pee-Wee Tournament attracted 213,420 spectators, the second-most in tournament history, just behind the 236,000 in 2016 when Videotron Centre first hosted the event. Despite a few snow flurries, fans were treated to a special Hockey Hall of Fame exhibit along with visits from Guy Lafleur, Ray Bourque, Marcel Dionne, Vincent Lecavalier and the infamous “Hanson Brothers,” to name a few.
“In 12 days of competition, the 60th Pee-Wee Tournament attracted 213,420 spectators, slightly exceeding the number of 211,178 reached during the 1999 edition,” Tournament General Manager Patrick Dom said. “That’s great when we think about the two snowstorms we had. The absolute record is again at the 2016 tournament, the first at the Vidéotron Center, which attracted more than 236,000 fans. We hope that one day we will exceed that number!”
“There are always specials things planned for future editions, but it was normal to do some “extra’’ for the 60th,” President Michael Plante said. “We will not hesitate to program things that worked well in 2019. We think among others about the autographs sessions with the NHL players.”
“I am happy to have seen Romania win International B class in its first appearance,” Dom added. “It’s a great BB team and an amazing experience for them. Also, among the 10 teams admitted to the finals, six were from the province of Quebec including three from Québec City. We are really proud!”
FINAL: Los Angeles Junior Kings 4, Czech Knights 1 (AAA)
Colin Frank scored twice and Aidan Park added a goal and an assist as the Los Angeles Junior Kings defeated the Czech Knights, 4-1, in the AAA Tournament Finale at Videotron Centre in Quebec City.
Oliver Morris also scored, Drake Murray had a pair of assists while Jackson Silverberg preserved the victory in between the pipes for the Junior Kings, which after a scoreless first period, took a 2-0 lead into the second intermission.
After Frank made it 3-0 8:08 into the third, Adam Jecho put the Czech Knights on the board 2:58 later. Frank added his second goal of the game to cap the scoring and send the Kings off in celebration. BOX SCORE
FINAL: Lanaudière Pionniers 1, Québec Nordiques 0 (AA Elite)
Xavier Grégoire’s goal, assisted by Sam Verville-Ayotte 3:00 into the first period, provided all the offense for the Lanaudière Pionniers in a 1-0 victory over the Québec Nordiques 0 at Videotron Centre in Quebec City.
Samuel Solari posted the shutout for the Pionniers, while Raphaël Précourt was nearly as perfect for the Nordiques. BOX SCORE
FINAL: Pointe-Lévy Commandeurs 4, St. Albert Saints 0 (AA)
Justin Raymond and Justin Labrecque scored 11 seconds apart in the first period and the Commandeurs never looked back en route to a 4-0 victory over the St. Albert Saints at Videotron Centre in Quebec City.
Xavier Fournier extended the Commandeurs lead to 3-0 8:49 into the second period before Charles-Antoine Bégin capped the scoring in the third for the victors. Cedrick Goulet recorded the shutout for Pointe-Lévy. Luca Giordano stood tall for the Saints. BOX SCORE
FINAL: Nicolas-Gatineau Intrépide 4, Lucille-Teasdale Diabolos 2 (Schools)
Simon-Pier Brunet had a hat trick and Zachary Robert picked up three assists for Nicolas-Gatineau Intrépide in a 4-2 triumph over Lucille-Teasdale Diabolos in the all-schools finale at Videotron Centre in Quebec City.
Tied 2-2 after two periods of play, Brunet scored twice in the third period to pull out the win. Brunet netted what proved to be the game-winning goal 10:01 into the third before adding an insurance goal 4:19 later for the Nicolas-Gatineau.
Zachary Chénard also scored for Nicolas-Gatineau, which utilized Joshua Hawken in net. Matthew Katsoulis and Jérémy Leroux scored for Lucille-Teasdale. BOX SCORE
FINAL: Team Romania 3, Québec Nord-Est Seigneurs 1 (International B)
Tudor Nechita scored twice and Luca Moise also found the back of the net as Team Romania pulled away late to defeat Québec Nord-Est Seigneurs, 3-1, at Videotron Centre in Quebec City.
Nechita snapped a scoreless tie 21 seconds into the second period before Charles-Olivier Bédard tied it at 1-1 four minutes into the third for the Québec Nord-Est. Moise scored the game-winner 2:34 later and Nechita provided some breathing room just over two minutes later for Team Romania.
Goaltender Hunor Gergely preserved the win in between the pipes for Team Romania. Christina Deschênes performed admirably in net for the Seigneurs. BOX SCORE
Written by John Christian Hageny / @JCCSPORTS
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