Flyers Youth and Amateur Hockey Manager Rob Baer will be covering the adventures of the Flyers Pee Wees all week in Quebec City, where they are competing in the prestigious Quebec International Pee Wee Hockey Tournament.
Tuesday, February 16th
The Flyers Pee Wees opened tournament play in Quebec on Sunday with a 5-2 win against the St. Louis Blues. This is the first year that the tournament is being hosted at the impressive new Videotron Centre after 56 years at Le Colisée. The atmosphere at the new building was incredible, with well over 10,000 fans in attendance.
After the game, the Flyers Pee Wees visited the Bauer display just across the parking lot at the Expo, where each player was presented with a brand new Supreme 1S stick. With their new twigs in tow, they were off to a traditional Quebec sugar shack, where the team hosted a party for their billet families.
Yesterday, the boys were back on the ice for an exhibition game at Rejean Lemelin Arena, where they tied the Burnaby Winter Club Bruins 2-2. Following the game, all of the Flyers families headed to the nearby snow park for some tubing action!
The next exhibition game is today against the Quebec Cyclones, which will be played in the middle of a shopping mall. It will also be the first game behind the bench for Simon Gagne, who has joined the team as an assistant coach for the remainder of the tournament. The pee wees were really excited when their new coach dropped by the locker room yesterday to introduce himself.
The next tournament game is scheduled for Thursday. It’s an elimination game versus the popular hometown Quebec Remparts. Check back soon for more updates.
Saturday, February 13th
It was an early start on Friday morning for the Flyers Quebec Pee Wee team, as the bus pulled away from the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees at 6:30 AM. Thanks to our friends at Dunkin’ Donuts, breakfast was taken care of for the players and their families. The ride to Quebec took about 10½ hours, with the team arriving in Quebec at 5:00 PM.
After checking in, the team congregated in a hotel ballroom, where they met their host families. One of the unique aspects of the Quebec Pee Wee tournament is that all participants billet with local families, where they are fully immersed in French Canadian culture.
This afternoon was the first exhibition game, and our Flyers tied the Oakville Rangers 2-2. After a slow start, the boys battled back and controlled the play over the last two periods.
Tonight is the final night of the Quebec Winter Carnival, with a huge parade that winds through downtown Quebec City. Tomorrow at 2:15 PM, the Flyers play their first tournament game against the St. Louis Blues Pee Wees at the brand new 18,000 seat Videotron Centre. Check back throughout the week to see how the team is doing. Thanks for reading!