It’s that time of year again. Team Maryland (Peewee Majors) will play in the Quebec International Peewee Tournament. The tournament will be from February 13th to the 24th. This will be the third straight year Team Maryland has competed in the tournament and their fourth overall appearance. The annual tournament is the most prestigious Peewee tournament and has claimed the title of the “World Championships of Peewee Hockey.”
“It is truly an honor and a privilege to be accepted into the Quebec Peewee Tournament,”“I have been lucky enough to coach Team Maryland in this prestigious showing of youth hockey talent three times ( said Team Maryland President Michael Weiss. 2000s, 2004s, and 2005s) and there is nothing like it. I'm thrilled our ‘06s will get this experience!"
Over 1,100 current and former NHL players have played in this tournament. The list includes the great Wayne Gretzky, Patrick Roy, and Mario Lemieux. Team Maryland’s own William Nylander competed in the tournament during his time playing youth hockey.
“The ’06 players, parents, and coaches are excited to have the opportunity to attend this prestigious tournament and participate in everything it has to offer,” said Team Maryland Head Coach Ray Mckenzie. “It will be a once in a lifetime experience.”
The Quebec International Peewee Hockey Tournament has been around for almost 60 years and the experience the players and coaches gain from this tournament is invaluable. Along with the great playing experience, the tournament gives the young hockey players a preview of the junior hockey lifestyle. Instead of staying in hotels, the players stay with a host family. This setup is similar to the living arrangements for junior hockey players. Most junior hockey players stay with a Billet Family, a hockey family that houses junior hockey players during the season. Billet Families are instrumental in all junior hockey franchises.
In the tournament, each team competes in preliminary games for the chance to play in the Videotron Center. The games played in this historic arena are in front of thousands of passionate hockey fans. There is no shortage of off-ice activities either. Last year, Team Maryland went tubing, ice fishing, dog sledding, and toured the Ice Hotel. This tournament is an unforgettable experience that players and coaches alike will cherish for the rest of their lives.