The Philadelphia Flyers will send off their Pee-Wee Team tomorrow morning to participate in the most elite youth hockey competition in the world, the Québec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament in Québec City, Canada. The tournament began on February 10 and will continue through February 21.
The Flyers Quebec Pee-Wee Team is made up of the top 12 and 13-year-old players in the Greater Philadelphia Region. Team members were selected in an open tryout held last June. Of the 200 who tried out, 80 made the first cut and were invited to an overnight camp in July for the second round of tryouts. From there, 18 players were selected for the final team. They have since met once a month for all-day training camps to prepare for the prestigious tournament.
2016 Flyers Quebec Pee-Wee Roster
Cam Bergeman, Newark, Del.
Tyler Boucher, Haddonfield, NJ
Sam Byrd-Leitner, Collingswood, NJ
Kenny Connors, Glen Mills, Pa.
Dylan DeAngelo, West Chester, Pa.
Tommy Finley, Glen Mills, Pa.
Joshua Karnish, Marlton, NJ
Matt Lynch, Mullica Hill, NJ
Andrew Lavdas, Marlton, NJ
Tyler MacPhee, Harleysville, Pa.
Robbie Moses, West Chester, Pa.
Ryan O’Connell, Lumberton, NJ
Jan Olenginski, Lafayette Hill, Pa.
Jason Player, Mount Royal, NJ
Thomas Rockey, Mullica Hill, NJ
Daniel Sambuco, Springfield, Pa.
Jared Schaal, Medford, NJ
Jayden Sison, Paoli, Pa.
Brian Boucher, former Flyers goaltender and Comcast SportsNet and NBCSN Analyst, and Pat Ferrill, Senior Vice President, Flyers Skate Zone, are serving as this year’s coaches. Boucher’s son, Tyler, is playing on the team this year.
Since the founding of the tournament in 1960, over 1,100 competitors have gone on to play in the NHL. Current Flyers players Michael Raffl and Michael Del Zotto competed in 2002 and 2003 respectively, as well as Flyers Assistant Coach, Ian Laperriere, who participated in 1988. Flyers alumni Rick Macleish, Andre Dupont, Mark Howe, Rick Tocchet, Eric Lindros, Jeremy Roenick, and Simon Gagne have also competed in the tournament.
Often referred to as the “World Championships of Youth Hockey,” the Québec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament is the oldest and most prestigious pee-wee hockey tournament in the world. In its first year, 28 teams competed from the US and Canada; now in its 57th year, it comprises 2,300 youth hockey players on over 100 teams from 17 countries across the world. With over 200,000 fans in attendance, the tournament now serves as the core of the Québec City Winter Carnival, the third largest outdoor festival in the world.
The Flyers Pee-Wee team’s first matchup is on Sunday, February 14 vs. the St. Louis Blues.
To follow the progress of the Flyers Quebec Pee-Wee Team, visit PhiladelphiaFlyers.com/QuebecPeeWee and follow @FlyersCommunity on Twitter.