Pee Wee Hockey

A week ago Sunday, Québec City’s International Pee Wee Hockey Tournament wrapped up at the Pepsi Coliseum. This annual event brings thousands of 11 and 12 year old hockey players to the hockey arenas of the Old Capital. Their presence in town marks a tradition that has been warming up Québec winters for 55 years.

For the first tournament back in 1960, 28 teams came to compete. Today, there are 120 teams in all – enough teams to fill 5 brackets – from all over the world. Not all of them will haul in the hardware at the end of the tournament, but everyone leaves having had an experience they will remember the rest of their lives. And for the most promising competitors, there is a future in professional hockey waiting; players no less accomplished than Patrick Roy, Mario Lemieux, and Wayne Gretzky all spent part of their childhoods skating the February ice of Québec City.

Everyone who is even vaguely interested in hockey follows the progress of the Pee Wee tournament. Whether in the newspaper or on the big outdoor screen at la Place d’Youville, fans cheer on the future stars.

Watching Hockey

This tournament does not benefit just hockey enthusiasts, however; it is boon for the tourism industry as well. During the 11-day tournament, hockey players and hockey parents are omnipresent in town, taking advantage of the winter wonderland that is Québec City. My recent visit to the city’s ice hotel, for example, was made boisterous by roving bands of pre-adolescents who ran from room to room sporting their team colors.

(Cover Photo Credit: Joe Burbach)

3 thoughts on “Pee Wee Hockey”

  1. Ce tournoi est extraordinaire pour les enfants. Ils retourneront dans le pays avec de beaux souvenirs du Québec. Je lève mon chapeau aux organisateurs et aux coaches qui ont faient le voyage depuis leur pays.

  2. Hi Neil,

    A long time ago, when I was still a child, my friends and I were eagerly waiting this famous tournament. It was the only occasion we had to enter in “Le Colisee de Quebec” We had our favorite teams and passed a long day in the bleachers, eating French fries, hot dogs and drinking sodas, then shouting to encourage our future idols and hoping victories for teams coming from Quebec area. At the end of the day, we were almost as tired as the players after all these emotions…

    Very good souvenirs. Thanks to remind me

    Denis Laberge

  3. Richard Couturier

    Cette année, j’ai été guide accompagnateur pour les peewee de Budapest. La compagnie qui engage les guides est IHT (international Hockey tours). C’est un job très agréable et l’an prochain nous aurons besoins de plus de guides car il y aura plus d’équipes. IHT m’a demandé si certains de mes collègues pouvaient être intéressés à se joindre à l’équipe… En communiquant avec moi, je vous mettrai en contact avec les responsables. À bientôt!

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