The Pee Wee Islanders program—started in the 1980s—encourages the growth of ice hockey on Long Island, utilizing the resources of Islanders alumni and hockey parents to help spread the excitement of hockey to youngsters in the area.
The mission is to educate youths and further the development of ice hockey in and around Long Island through friendly competition, good sportsmanship and professional instruction.50th Quebec International Pee Wee Hockey Tournament
Considered by many to be the most important minor hockey tournament in the world, the 50th Quebec International Pee Week Hockey Tournament will be held from February 11–22, 2009 at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec.
The tournament groups more than 2,300 Pee-Wee hockey players (11–12 year olds) from 16 countries to participate in the world championship of Pee-Wee hockey.
More than 200,000 fans are expected to be on hand for the 11-day tournament that was founded in 1960. Over the yeats, the Junior Islanders Pee Wee Select Team has been a regular competitor in Quebec, and Long Island-born NHL stars such as Mike Komisarek, Eric Nystrom, Vladi Nikiforov, and Chris Higgins have donned the Islanders jersey at the tournament.
Among the other players who have competed at the Quebec tournament include Islanders Hall of Famer Mike Bossy and Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro
, as well as Wayne Gretzky, and Mario Lemieux.