The team that will represent the Colorado Avalanche in the 58th Quebec International Pee Wee Hockey Tournament got a proper send off this weekend.
As part of the NHL's Hockey Is For Everyone month, the Foothills Flyers, who will represent the Avalanche, received a skills clinic from Colorado forward Mikhail Grigorenko, goaltender Calvin Pickard and defenseman Nikita Zadorov on Friday. Each Pee Wee player also received new Quebec gear, including personalized Avalanche jerseys and were honored on the ice before the Avalanche defeated the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 at Pepsi Center on Saturday.
The Foothill Flyers earned the right to represent the Avalanche by winning the Colorado Avalanche Quebec Qualifier Tournament in Novemeber The Quebec tournament will be held in Quebec City on Feb. 8-20 and the Flyers will compete in the AA Division.
The Avalanche Quebec Pee Wee program is in its 15th year and is a part Hockey Is For Everyone month, a variety of community-related activities that focuses on supporting the LGBTQ community, ethnicity and gender equality; socio-economic status and those with disabilities.
The Quebec International Pee Wee Hockey Tournament is known as one of the largest and most prestigious international pee wee hockey tournaments in the world, featuring 110 teams from 16 countries each year.