CICERO, NY — If you build it, they will come.
Approximately 420 players from 28 youth hockey teams representing five U.S. states and two Canadian provinces converged at Cicero Twin Rinks in suburban Syracuse, N.Y., and when the ice chips settled, five new champions were crowned.
OneHockey, among the leaders, world-wide, in organized youth hockey tournaments, delivered yet another smash hit to kick off the hockey season as teams from Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia took to the ice along with squads from Arsenal Académie St-Louis and Jean-de-la-Mennais in Quebec and Ottawa, Ontario playing 60 games over the course of a wild weekend, Sept 27-29, in Upstate New York.
Jean-de-la-Mennais, the 2018 Quebec PeeWee Tournament champions, captured 12U AAA, 16U AAA and 18U AA titles, defeating the West Seneca Wings, New York Saints and Southern Tier Junior Devils, respectively. The prestigious French private mixed secondary school founded in 1890 on the South Shore of Montreal, continues to be an ice hockey factory producing premiere talent. The Hamden Green Dragons and Hamburg Hawks also captured titles.
“This was our third year in Syracuse and the first year at Cicero Arena,” OneHockey CEO Sebastien Fortier, said. “The arena staff was one of the most helpful, nicest that we have ever seen as far as the set up which was incredible.
“This was a big year for us because we had seven teams from the Quebec high school league and trust me they were there to watch us and see if what we say is true as far as running an incredible tournament. I can tell you that they went home with a big smile on their faces and their loved OneHockey experience. We’re about to see a big, big change in the Quebec teams attending our tournaments. They went home incredibly happy and actually won three-out-of-five divisions. I can honestly say that we’re about to become a really really big tournament group in the Northeast and see many, many more teams from Canada attend the events.”
OneHockey already has another Syracuse tournament on the books with a return engagement scheduled Nov. 15-17.
“Overall, this was an incredible weekend that none will soon forget,” Fortier said. “We can’t wait to get back to Syracuse in November. As far as January, I’m looking to host a huge international squirt invitational in Syracuse in 2020 as well. That event will be built very similarly to the Quebec Peewee Tournament.”
ONE HOCKEY NEW YORK TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS
FINAL — Hamden Green Dragons 8, Reston Raiders 4 (12U A)
MVPS: Charlie Golden, Trevor Cathey (Hamden) Owen Slamowitz, Lucas Abrantes (Reston)
FINAL — Jean-de-la-Mennais 6, West Seneca Wings 0 (12U AAA)
MVPs: Christopje Giguère, Nathan Quinn (JDLM) Joey McOwen, Jackson Laio-Cheng (West Seneca)
FINAL — Hamburg Hawks 4, Genesis Hockey Club 0 (14U AA)
MVPs: Josh Monaco, Neil Downey (Hamburg) Dane Fitchett, Andrew Savona (Genesis)
FINAL — Jean-de-la-Mennais 2, New York Saints 1 (16U AAA)
MVPs: #56, #57 (JDLM)
FINAL — Jean-de-la-Mennais 3, Southern Tier Junior Devils 1 (18U AA)
MVPs: #4, # 28 (JDLM) Derek Avery, Joshua Ryan (Southern Tier)
Written by John Christian Hageny / @JCCSPORTS
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Main Image: OneHockey Syracuse Bantam Tournament Champions, Batavia Ramparts. (Photo courtesy of OneHockey)
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