This past Thanksgiving, several teams from all over the West Coast converged on the South Bay as Logitech Ice at San Jose and the San Jose Jr. Sharks hosted the First Annual San Jose Regional Silver Stick Tournament. With 65 teams across nine different age and skill divisions, this regional tournament drew teams from as far north as Portland, Oregon, as far south as San Diego, California, and as far east as Phoenix, Arizona.
Founded in 1958, the International Silver Stick Inc. is an association of minor ice hockey tournaments formed to promote citizenship and international goodwill through hockey. Today, the association remains as the governing body of the tournaments. With play beginning in North America in 1963, over 65,000 players compete annually in Silver Stick Regional tournaments, with the winning team from each region advancing to play other champions in the North American Finals Tournaments held each January.
Although this was the first time many of the players had played in a tournament with this much rich history, the San Jose Jr. Sharks players played like seasoned veterans, sending teams to the championship game in seven of the nine divisions represented and notching three regional championships.
Below are the tournament results for each age division:
Mites: LAHC def. San Jose 9-3
Squirt B: San Jose def. Portland 3-2
Squirt A: Santa Clara A1 def. San Jose 4-2
Pee Wee B: Portland def. Tri-Valley 2-1
Pee Wee A: Phoenix def. San Jose 3-2
Bantam B: Valencia def. Santa Rosa 4-0
Bantam A: San Jose def. Fresno 3-2
Midget 16A: San Jose A1 def. Santa Clara 4-2
Midget 18A: Tri-Valley def. San Jose 3-1
The San Jose Jr. Sharks will send their Squirt B team to Pelham, Ontario (Jan. 12-15), their Bantam A team to Port Huron, Michigan (Jan. 26-29) and their Midget 16A1 team to Newmarket, Ontario (Jan. 12-15) to compete for the North American Championships.
Congratulations to all of the San Jose Jr. Sharks players!
More information on the Silver Stick tournament and complete tournament results are available here