44th Annual Saint-Hyacinthe Pee Wee National Tournament Recap
Newbridge Academy’s two Pee Wee Varsity teams travelled to Saint-Hyacinthe, QC, to play in one of Quebec’s elite level tournaments. The teams competed in their respective major/minor divisions matching up with teams from the QEHL. The experience was an eye-opener for many of the players as they were introduced to a ‘new level’ of Pee Wee hockey.
The 05s started their tournament at the historic LP Gaucherie Arena, former home of the QMJHL’s Saint-Hyacinthe Laser. The arena is still home to a banner paying tribute to former Laser player and NHL legend Martin Brodeur. The 05s skated against the home team, GAULOIS-ANTOINE-GIROUARD, in front of a crowd of more than 700 spectators.
Although their respective records were not what we were hoping for the experience was valuable in offering the student-athletes an opportunity to compete against high level teams that competed at a high level and consistently demonstrated a ‘Team 1st” mentality through their play.
Both teams look forward to building on the experience and working on their respective games prior to seeing many of these same level teams in the upcoming Quebec BSR tournament in mid-February.