Only me and mine could take a day off work to meet up with friends at the 60th Anniversary of Pee Wee Hockey Tournament on the day a blizzard (and almost white-out conditions) hit Québec City. Looking out the window after breakfast we decided to call a taxi and were chauffeured to the newly built Videotron Centre, slowly, but in relative safety.
I’m glad we decided to go, despite the atrocious weather, as we all had a really fun time yelling the kids on in their respective matches. And no, I didn’t play favourite. I yelled my encouragement at any kid who had the puck. As I really enjoy watching the faces of the kids both on and off the ice, having fun.
The first game we watched was the New England Prospects play the Detroit Red Wings (AAA class, not the NHL teams). The goalie for the Prospects was a young woman who courageously blocked all the shots, in a penalty shootout when the teams drew 1-1. The Prospects took home the Stanley Cup in that match.
There were also several international teams playing, and next up were LSA Peewee Select, a Swiss team, up against the Carolina Junior Hurricane, but the Hurricane didn’t live up to their name, as the Swiss won 10-4. While the LSA sister team, the Zurich Lions, also won their game later in the day, 6-0, against Canadian team, the Charlottetown Islanders.
Then it was the turn of Russia, and St. Petersburg to take on the Canadian team, the Semahmoo Ravens, in which the Ravens beat St. Petersburg 5-2.
If you ever get a chance to visit this fair city, and happen to come during February, then this is where you will find a large percentage of the population of hockey-obsessed fans, cheering on the kids.