TEAM COMPRISED OF 21 PLAYERS FROM NORTH AND SOUTH CAROLINA
RALEIGH, NC (Feb. 7, 2002) – The Carolina Hurricanes will be represented for the first time at the International Pee Wee Tournament of Quebec from Feb. 14-24, as 21 players from both North and South Carolina travel to Quebec City to attend the prestigious tournament. The Junior Hurricanes will make their debut on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 8:30 p.m. against Dallas at the Pepsi Coliseum, former home of the Quebec Nordiques.
The Junior Hurricanes, comprised entirely of players born in 1988 from Raleigh, Charlotte, Fayetteville and Charleston, will compete in the International Class B bracket with 28 other teams from the United States, Canada, Slovenia, Switzerland, Germany and Austria. The team, which will wear Hurricanes sweaters and socks for its games, is coached by Hurricanes television color analyst Tripp Tracy and Sam Licata of USA Hockey. The Junior Hurricanes are also scheduled to take on teams from Quebec, Boston and Chicago in both tournament and exhibition play.
Players were nominated for the Junior Hurricanes by coaches and teammates based on skill, leadership and teamwork. They will stay with Quebec City families throughout the duration of the tournament, now in its 43rd year. Tournament alumni include NHL stars past and present such as Guy Lafleur, Mario Lemieux, Wayne Gretzky, Eric Lindros, Marcel Dionne, and Patrick Roy. Many members of the Carolina Hurricanes NHL squad participated in the Quebec Tournament as pee wees, including team captain Ron Francis and forward Jeff O’Neill.
|The Colisee used to be the home of the WHA/NHL Quebec Nordiques, before they became the Colorado Avalanche. |
The International Pee Wee Hockey Tournament of Quebec takes place over a period of 11 days and attracts crowds of about 200,000 spectators each year. Founded in 1960, it draws 2300 young hockey players from 16 countries to Quebec City.