By Stacy Babich
The Chicago Young Americans Hockey Club are very proud to announce that their 2003 Peewee AAA Elite team has been invited to participate in the 57th edition of Le Tournoi International de Hockey Pee-Wee de Québec (Peewee International Tournament). This prestigious event will be held in Québec City, Canada February 10th through the 21st.
The tournament, frequently referred to as The “Q” is the equivalent to the “Peewee World Championships.” The “Q” is attended annually by more than 2,250 competitors from 16 different countries. It is also the oldest and most prestigious youth hockey tournament in the world. The “Q” is the centerpiece of the third largest global outdoor festival; the annual Québec City “Winter Carnival” which has brought in hundreds of thousands of visitors to this “Winter Wonderland.” The tournament alone has drawn over 500,000 spectators in its 57 year history with as many as 10,000 in a single game.
Many of the best 12 and 13 year old hockey players from around the world will convene in Québec City in February, 2016 to compete for honor, their club and for their country. CYA is the only Illinois team and 1 of 32 teams team competing at the Elite level world wide. Over 1400 NHL players have played in the historic “Q” over the years, including Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux. CYA is honored to have the 2003 team participate in this legendary tournament. The team is looking forward to spending eleven days in Québec; taking in the culture, enjoying the local fare and most of all, showing the Canadians the level at which a team from Chicago is capable of competing.