To say the Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament is one of the largest in the country, still may be a bit of an understatement. With over 120 peewee-aged teams taking part, it is considered the largest of its kind in the world.
There are no divisions, no pools – just a collision course of AAA, Elite AA, AA, and lower-tier peewee squads from across the world playing in a 11-day double-elimination tournament.
Dating back to 1960 where the Scarboro Lions took home the inaugural AAA championship, the tournament has evolved globally and has hosted players from around the world, including names like Jose Theodore, Eric Lindros, Ilya Kovalchuk and mostly recently, Seth Jones.
The Round of 32 wrapped up in the AAA division Sunday and while Valentine’s Day marked a day of heartbreak for some, the first games of the double-elimination round began Monday morning, while the winners of the first-round will start their games as early as Tuesday morning.
The tournament’s opening game featured the Burlington Eagles and the North Shore Winter Club. The Eagles, thanks in part to an Oliver Peer four goals and Alec Koschanow’s four assists, routed North Shore 11-3. The
Eagles head on to the winner’s side of the Round of 16 to take on Sherbrooke Phoenix, who used a third-period goal from Zachary Michaud to edge the Czech Knights 3-2.
Peer’s four points is good enough for second in tournament scoring, only behind the Montreal Canadiens James Malatesta and his five points (3-2-5).
While there were 16 winners prior to the beginning of Monday’s games, there were only two teams that completely shut the door on their opponents. Johnny Angerman stifled the Buffalo Jr. Sabres for all 37 minutes as the Detroit Belle Tire went on to win their opening game 9-0. Francesco Pinelli had three goals and Austen May added a goal and three assists in the effort.
Meanwhile, Jackson Baker wore the crown for the Los Angeles Jr. Kings as they downed the South Shore Kings 3-0 thanks to two goals and a three-point night from Noah Alvarez, along with Brody Biller’s two helpers.
Results from the rest of the opening-round AAA matchups:
Boston Jr. Terriers (2) – Burnaby Winter Club Bruins (3)
Chicago Young Americans (2) – Richmond Hill Coyotes (1)
Detroit Red Wings (5) – Washington Little Captials (1)
Pittsburgh Penguins Elite (3) – Gatineau Olympiques (2)
Montreal Canadiens (6) – Detroit Compuware (5)
Los Angeles Jr. Kings (3) – South Shore Kings (0)
Quebec Nordiques (2) – Adirondack Jr. Wings (1)
Detroit Belle Tire (9) – Buffalo Jr. Sabres (0)
Long Island Stars (3) – Team Minnesota (2)
Quebec Remparts (4) – Detroit Honeybaked (2)
Philadelphia Flyers (5) – St. Louis Blues (2)
Oakville Rangers (1) – New York Rangers (7)
New Jersey Devils (5) – Colorado Thunderbirds (3)
Washington Little Capitals (1) – Boston Jr. Terriers (4)
Mid Fairfield Jr. Rangers (3) – Boston Jr. Eagles (1)
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