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CYAH Selects Junior Hurricanes Quebec Team

by Kellie Brys / Carolina Hurricanes
Canes Youth and Amateur Hockey (CYAH) held tryouts for the Junior Hurricanes Quebec team for its 7th consecutive year on October 5-7, 2007 at the RecZone in Raleigh.

Nearly 100 hopefuls competed for the chance at one of the 18 spots onto the team that will compete in the 49th Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament – the most prestigious pee-wee tournament in the world.  Tryouts included 11-12 year olds throughout the North and South Carolina regions, showcasing the area's most talented players.

“This area has worked really hard to increase its hockey reputation,” said Jon Chase, manager of promotions and fan development.  “This tournament allows us to showcase our increase of talent and dedication to the sport not just to the U.S., but to the entire world.”

The tournament, founded in 1960, has come to be called the “most important minor hockey tournament in the world.”  Teams come from all over the globe to compete including the Ukraine, Mexico, and Italy.  Over the 11 day competition, over 200,000 spectators gather to witness the events and catch a glimpse of a future NHL player, as over 500 professional players have competed in the event including the Hurricanes own Ron Francis, Chad LaRose, and Jeff Daniels. 

Last year's team went 6-1-2 in the tournament, with the only loss being to the team that eventually went on to win the championship: The Anaheim Junior Ducks.

“The boys last year were tremendous and Youth Hockey in the Carolinas is really becoming recognized in the country,” said Paul Strand, Carolina Hurricanes Youth and Amateur Hockey Coordinator, and Junior Hurricanes Head Coach. “We tied the number 2 team in the Country the Syracuse Stars 2 to 2.”

The players are paired up with a “billet family” which offers them a warm welcome into the Quebec culture.  They offer the player a place to stay, breakfast in the morning, and a chance to view Quebec as a local would.  This allows each player to not only walk away with playing experience, but a cultural experience that cannot be taught in a classroom.

“Quebec City is a beautiful ancient city that still holds much of that romantic luster,” Strand said.  “The Carnival and the city walls provide a background that is unmatched in the world of Pee-wee Hockey tournaments.”

The Carolina Hurricanes would like to recognize the 2008 Junior Hurricanes Quebec Team:

Pos. Player Current Team
F Will Maness Junior Canes AAA
F Alex Wilkinson Junior Canes AAA
F Grant Universal Junior Canes AAA
F Eugene Obukovski Charlotte Junior Checkers
F Jackson Tucker Charlotte Junior Checkers
F Corey Kennedy Junior Canes AAA
F Devin Warfield Junior Canes AAA
F Griffin Wolno Charlotte Junior Checkers
F Alex Pretty Junior Canes AAA
F Luis Gimenez Junior Canes AAA
F Todd Alan Jackson Junior Canes AAA
     
D Charlie Pelnik Junior Canes AAA
D Ian Wolkowicz Charleston Wolverines
D Jason Lern Junior Canes AAA
D Taylor Matthews East Coast Eagles
D Colby Anderson Junior Canes AA
     
G Alex Bisi East Coast Eagles
G Logan Halladay Junior Canes AAA
     
Alternates
F Michael Lappin  
F Chase Wilson  
F Luke Tetreault  
D Ryan Moreno  
D Barent Getzoff  
D Jake Fredenburg  
G Michael Balzano  
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