Flyers Player Development Coach Nick Schultz has joined the coaching staff for the 2020 Flyers Quebec Pee Wee Team, as they participate in the prestigious Quebec International Pee Wee Hockey Tournament. Nick and his son Jake will share their adventures throughout the week, while they compete for a world championship.
The Flyers Quebec Pee Wee team left on the bus to Quebec from the Flyers Skate Zone Voorhees at 7:00 AM on Friday morning. The ride was a little over ten hours after a couple stops for food and a stop at the Canadian border. The bus ride consisted of the kids doing some homework, watching movies, playing video games and a little team building activity.
We arrived at the hotel and got the parents checked in before heading down to meet the billet families. Jake's billet family has been billeting for 8 years and Francois' parents had been billeting Flyers players since he was two years old and he has kept the tradition alive. After some introductions and some time for the parents to get to know the families, the kids were excited to go see their new homes for the week.
Saturday morning we had an exhibition game against a team from Wisconsin. It was good to get a game in before our first tournament game on Monday. We started out strong with a 2-0 lead after the first and a 2-1 lead heading into the third period. The third period did not go our way as we ended up losing 5-2 with an empty net goal. It was a good learning experience for the kids and the coaches as we see what we need to improve on before Monday.
After the game we headed to the snow park where the kids and parents had a few hours to hit the tubes and have some fun. There was also an ice hotel you could tour which was very cool to see. After the snow park the kids returned home with their families and got together for some outdoor hockey before heading to bed. My wife and two daughters flew in and we checked out the winter carnival and the parade which is the largest outdoor parade in the world. Lots of fun winter activities to enjoy in the city. Was a busy couple days as we settle in and prepare to start the tournament. Let's go Flyers.