With the youth hockey season well on its way, Logitech Ice will soon find itself as tournament central for California’s youth hockey teams.
Logitech Ice, practice facility of the San Jose Sharks, will play host to the CAHA Tier II Tournament from Nov. 17-19 and the San Jose Regional Silver Stick Tournament from Nov. 23-26. Both tournaments are for amateur youth hockey teams in the Mite, Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam, Midget 16U and Midget 18U levels.
The CAHA Tier II Tournament will feature 32 teams. These teams will be competing for the chance to move on to the State Championships. From there, the top two teams will move on to the Pacific District Regional competition, where they will face teams from all over the Pacific District (Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington). The winners (one from each level, Pee Wee through Midget) will then represent the Pacific District in the USA Hockey National competitions.
The California Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) is a division of USA Hockey, Inc. It is their mission “to promote the growth of hockey in America and to provide the best possible experience for all participants by encouraging, developing, advancing and administering the sport.”
The Silver Stick Tournament will feature 52 teams from all over the western part of the United States in two different divisions, A and B. Division A will consist of teams from the Mite, Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam, Midget 16 and Midget 18 levels, whereas Division B will feature teams from the Squirt, Pee Wee and Bantam levels.
The Silver Stick Tournament at Logitech Ice serves as a qualifying tournament, with the winners moving on to the Silver Stick International Tournament in January 2007.
Silver Stick has been around since 1958. It was started in Richmond, Ontario “to promote citizenship and International goodwill through the medium of Silver Stick Hockey and to foster sportsmanship through International competition for youth of all nations.”
This is the second time Silver Stick has hosted the pacific regional tournament at Logitech Ice.
Last year’s tournament saw seven of the nine teams from Logitech advancing to the Silver Stick Championships. Of those seven teams, three emerged as regional winners for their division. The Squirt B and Midget 16A1 teams both advanced to the Silver Stick Finals in Ontario Canada, while the Bantam A team advanced to the Silver Stick Finals in Michigan.
There are currently more than 65,000 players and coaches who participate in the Silver Stick Hockey program.