The Pee Wee Rangers arrived in Quebec City on Thursday for the Tournoi International de Pee-Wee Hockey. The tournament is entering its 56th year and is the largest Pee Wee hockey tournament in the world. Upon arrival, co- coaches Paul Messier and Jeff Devenney gave the boys and their parents an overview of what to expect during their time in Quebec.
This morning, the New York Pee Wee Rangers played their first exhibition in a rink in the middle of the largest mall in eastern Canada. The opposition was the Burnaby Winter Club, who traveled cross-continent from British Columbia. The Burnaby club has produced a number of NHLers including the likes of six-time Stanley Cup winner Glenn Anderson, 400 career goal-scorer Paul Kariya, and current Edmonton Oilers’s Center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
The Pee Wee Rangers and the Burnaby Winter Club played a hard fought and close game that remained scoreless through the first half of the game. Goaltender Gus Bylin held the fort for New York while defenseman Christian Jimenez played strong at both ends of the ice. The Pee Wee Rangers fought hard, but in the end Burnaby took home the win.
Despite the loss, no Pee Wee Rangers team has remained undefeated throughout any previous tournament and team remained in high spirits. Coaches Messier and Devenney held a practice in the afternoon that focused on quickness and positional play.
Tonight the team will dine together at the world famous Sugar Shack and will follow it with a French-Canadian cultural experience par excellence.