If you’ve spent any time around youth hockey you have heard of the Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament, but what is it? Known as the "World Championships of Pee-Wee Hockey," the Quebec tournament is the biggest and most prestigious minor league hockey event in the world. This annual Pee-Wee tournament attracts teams from all over the world. Over 2,000 11-12 year old players from 15 countries compete for top honors from February 7-18, 2018 at the Videotron Center in Québec City. For the second straight year Team Maryland has been fortunate enough to be invited to participate.
"It is truly an honor and a privilege to be accepted into the Quebec Peewee Tournament,” Said club President Michael Weiss, “I have been lucky enough to coach in the event twice (2000s and 2004s) and there is no experience like it, I'm thrilled our ‘05s will get this experience!"
Wayne Gretzky, Patrick Roy, Mario Lemieux, Doug Weight, Brad Park, Guy Lafleur, the Howe Brothers, Steven Stamkos, Auston Matthews, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, John Gaudreau, and TM’s own William Nylander are just some of the over 1,100 previous tournament participants have played or are playing in the National Hockey League.
“It was amazing to see the look on all of our players faces when they heard the good news that we would be participating in the Quebec Tournament this year,” added Head Coach Pedro Perrella, “Everyone wants the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of all the greats that have blazed this trail in the past.”
After almost 60 years of existence, the Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament is still a place of unforgettable encounters and memorable souvenirs where thousands of players aged 11 and 12 come defend the colors of their teams. The tournament is the first time most of these players have ever had to stay with a host family, giving everyone a two-week peak into the life of billet family living. On the ice, each team competes to win their preliminary games to gain the opportunity to play in front of thousands of fans at the Videotron Center. However, if you talk to the participants they are just as appreciative of their experiences off the ice. Last years Team Maryland squad went tubing, ice fishing, dog sledding, and visited the ice hotel. On or off the ice it is a two-week experience that our boys will never forget.
“It is an amazing experience. Something these kids will never forget,” commented Assistant Coach Matt Revkin, “The hockey is great, but the memories are what make this Tournament special. You must experience it to believe it. Words do not do it justice.”