Review of the 62nd edition
Quebec City, May 17, 2022 – The 62nd Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament, held exceptionally in May, was the first international event to be held since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic not only in Quebec City, but throughout Quebec. We are very proud of it! The attendance was down, but the simple fact of having managed to hold such a large tournament is a success for us.
A tournament in May
“We knew that by presenting the tournament in May, we were moving our DNA, but our goal was to present a tournament and bring young people back on the ice. It would have taken the explosion of a volcano to prevent us from doing so. We are not happy with everything, but we are happy to have simply presented a tournament and to have been the first international event to relaunch its activity’’ says Michel Plante, president of the Tournament.
Indeed, presenting a tournament in May brought its share of challenges, but also great advantages. The outdoor Pee-Wee SNOfest presented by the Microbrasserie SNO is also one of the greatest successes of the 2022 edition. It was the favorite place to gather before or after hockey games, exchange with parents, enjoy the sun and this hot temperature never seen in May. Incredible to experience 30 degrees during the tournament.
“The beautiful weather has been our biggest enemy this year. This had a huge impact on attendance. People were much more interested in enjoying the outdoors, preparing their yard and their swimming pool, than coming to shut themselves up in an arena. We experienced a tournament of teams and families rather than a tournament of spectators and it is completely understandable” explains Patrick Dom, General Manager.
Tournament attendance has indeed seen a significant drop this year. 139,712 spectators over 15 days came to encourage the pee-wees, a difference of 81,341 entries versus the 2020 tournament. Despite everything, for us, it's mission accomplished.
Our big winners
Several Quebec teams won top honors this year. A pride for our beautiful region.
AAA : MONTRÉAL CANADIENS
AA-ELITE : BLAINVILLE-BOISBRIAND ARMADA
AA : COLORADO AVALANCHE
BB : AOSTA GLADIATORS
A : ACTON VALE VALOIS
SCHOOL: COLLÈGE DE LÉVIS COMMANDEURS
A girls's division in 2023
It is with great pleasure to announce that we will open an all-female class in February 2023. The demand is there and we already even have teams from France, Switzerland, Canada, United States and Quebec who confirmed that they would apply.
“We are there. The tournament is a springboard for many things and we will be for women's hockey,” says Patrick Dom enthusiastically.
This edition made us think a lot. We will certainly review the classes offered for 2023. Category A is very likely to disappear, and we will also look at the case of the School division. Will we really welcome 140 teams? To be confirmed. We want to focus on our main objectives: to welcome international teams in each class and to provide a memorable experience for young people.
Only 267 days left before the 2023 edition!