Friday, February 13, 2009
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Québec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. Once again, over 2,300 11- and 12-year-old hockey players will face off in Québec City’s Pepsi Coliseum. It’s the biggest minor hockey tournament in the world, attracting aspiring pros from 16 countries. The 11-day competition draws crowds totalling 200,000 who come to watch future professional hockey players. Players from past years have included the likes of Brad Park, Guy Lafleur, Marcel Dionne, Gilbert Perrault, Mark Howe, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Sylvain Côté, Eric Lindros and more.
We speak with Patrick Dom from Quebec City about the tourney, its history and just what it has meant to hockey, the community and those who have played in it.