Youth hockey is a tremendous opportunity for kids around the country to not just excel at the game, but in other areas of life as well. Teamwork, respect, integrity and professionalism are just a few of the values member of the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite, Pittsburgh’s premier youth hockey organization, learn when they become part of the team.
Those kids will be able to display those values this weekend when the second annual NHL Youth Cup comes to Pittsburgh from Dec. 12-14.
The event, which is presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods, will feature AAA youth hockey programs affiliated with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Carolina Hurricanes, Buffalo Sabres, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers, Nashville Predators and Washington Capitals.
Pittsburgh will host one event for each “major” birth year (2000, ’02, ’04) for the tournament, while Philadelphia will host one event from each “minor” birth year (2001, ’03, ’05).
Last year’s inaugural NHL Youth Cup was a tremendous success, as it featured some of the country’s premiere talent playing at the AAA level and started a terrific tradition amongst NHL-affiliated hockey programs across North America. That tradition will continue on this year.
“We think it was a great opportunity for young players in all six age groups to play in an elite-level tournament with other NHL-affiliated programs so early in the season,” Penguins CEO/President said about last year’s first-ever NHL Youth Cup tournament. “The Penguins Elite program, with generous support from the NHL, was proud to host three age groups and welcome them to Pittsburgh.”
The eight NHL affiliate teams that will be participating are the Penguins Elite, the Mid Fairfield Rangers, the Buffalo Jr. Sabres, Team Comcast, the Suffolk P.A.L. Islanders, the Nashville Jr. Predators, the Carolina Jr. Hurricanes and the Washington Little Caps.
All games in Pittsburgh will be held at the Robert Morris University Island Sports Center this weekend with the rules and regulations for the NHL Youth Cup tournament being sanctioned by USA Hockey.
For more information, please visit www.NHLYouthCup.com.