Twenty of the best 11 and 12-year-old hockey players from Long Island are participating in the 54th Annual Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament from Feb. 13-24. About 2,300 young hockey players from 16 countries come to Quebec to participate in the “World Championships of Pee-Wee Hockey.”
With the support from Islanders management and staff, the Junior Islanders are considered an important part of the Islanders family. Check this blog for updates about the team on and off the ice in Quebec City.
The day started bright and early with an 8:50 am game against the Nickel City Sons from Ontario. This game stayed scoreless for two periods and most of the third. Nickel City then scored with five minutes left in the third and once again to win 2-0. Everyone had a couple hours to eat and head to the hockey warehouse. We were surprised to pull up to the warehouse seeing something very familiar:
They were told to report to practice for 2 pm. Players practiced for about a half hour, until we invited all the dads and siblings to come skate with the kids in a pick up game. Teams were split up evenly and we had one of our players as the announcer. The Islanders vs. the Benders.
Everyone then got ready for the Quebec Remparts Quebec Major Junior Hockey League game. The boys were given their second batch of pins to trade. The atmosphere of the Colisee was electric. Everyone had a great time chanting and screaming. This is what Quebec lives for during Hockey season.
At the end of this game everyone was told to sleep in, and eat pasta the next day because we have our second tournament game.