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There’s no place like home for a holiday season hockey tournament

The Burnaby Winter Club (BWC) will have a strong presence at the 2017 Pat Quinn Classic – with participating teams and as a host venue. “There’s a strong connection to this event for us,” said Maco Balkovec, BWC’s Director of Hockey. “We’re a big part of Burnaby and it’s important to support this tournament. It’s a great opportunity to have our players participate in a big tournament right in our own backyard. We know Burnaby is a great hockey destination.”

Just as important as playing against top teams from Western Canada and the United States is giving the BWC players a chance to show their skills in front of hometown crowds. “It’s pretty special for families to be at home at Christmas and take part in this tournament. It’s a tradition,” added Balkovec.

“It’s a highlight of the year,” stated Leland Mack, head coach of the BWC Bantam Academy Prep team that will compete in the four-day tournament. “And the best part – it’s local.”  He added that his players are looking forward to playing against teams they don’t normally see.  When asked if there’s added pressure from playing at home, he said the focus is to give the players a great experience. “You always want your team to do well, but we will enjoy the moment.  There’s no more or less pressure for us, we just want the kids to take part and get better.”

The Burnaby Winter Club will field two teams in the 38-team tournament in the Bantam AAA Elite and Peewee AAA Elite divisions. The Burnaby Winter Club is one of six venues for the 2017 Pat Quinn Classic. “We are pleased to host games at our own club,” said Balkovec. “We intend to have results and play well at this high-calibre tournament in a great atmosphere.”

The BWC has a long history of producing high-level players. In fact, 44 National Hockey League players got their start at the club.

Burnaby has hosted an international-calibre bantam tournament for more than five decades. Now that it’s under Pat Quinn’s name, Balkovec says it’s extra special.  “We see how much Pat meant to the city of Vancouver and to Cliff Ronning. It’s so great to be involved.” 

Ronning played minor hockey at the Burnaby Winter Club and is the honourary chair of the Pat Quinn Classic.

 


More teams and new partnership spark Burnaby’s 2017 Pat Quinn Classic minor hockey tournament

Press Release Announcement
October 24 2017

Burnaby, B.C. – Almost 40 minor hockey teams from across North America are coming to Burnaby in December to compete in the third annual Pat Quinn Classic. The 2017 tournament, taking place December 27-30, features 38 teams in three divisions – Peewee AAA Elite, Bantam AAA, and Bantam AAA Elite.
 

Teams from as far away as Alaska, Dallas, New England and California are making this year’s holiday season trek to Burnaby to compete against some of B.C.’s best minor hockey squads from the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the Okanagan. (See backgrounder for a list of teams.)

“I’m really pleased with the teams and players that will be battling it out on the ice this year,” said Cliff Ronning, honourary chair of the Pat Quinn Classic. “The tournament is going to showcase some exceptional hockey.”

Burnaby Minor Hockey Association began hosting the annual December Bantam hockey tournament in 1962. It’s now the longest-running event of its kind in the world. The tournament became the Pat Quinn Classic in 2015, named after the legendary player, coach, general manager and team owner. Pat is internationally-recognized as one of the hockey’s greatest coaches and ambassadors. Proceeds go to the Pat Quinn Legacy Fund. Managed by Hockey Canada, the fund supports players in post-secondary education after their hockey careers. Quinn is one of the most recognizable faces in Canadian sport and has made an enormous contribution to sport in British Columbia and Canada.

When Ronning played for the Vancouver Canucks, Quinn coached him. “I was fortunate to consider Pat a friend and mentor, and that’s what fuels my passion and commitment to this tournament,” added Ronning.

Helping to enhance the scope of the 2017 tournament is Gateway Entertainment and Casinos Ltd. As a platinum sponsor, the Gateway partnership showcases the company’s Burnaby food and entertainment facilities and reaffirms its commitment to youth sport and the community.
“We’re are very excited to again partner with the Pat Quinn Classic,” said Robert Ward, Senior Vice President of Operations at Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Ltd. “Supporting local sport events is just one way we give back to our community. I’m impressed by how this tournament continues to raise the bar and we’re proud that our partnership helps create an incredible experience for the players, coaches, volunteers and families.”
Supported by the City of Burnaby and Tourism Burnaby, in addition to raising $25,000 for the Pat Quinn legacy fund since 2015, the tournament also attracts a significant number of hockey scouts. In fact, 131 participants from the 2015 and 2016 tournaments have been drafted to the Western Hockey League.

The Bill Copeland Sports Centre, in Burnaby Sport Park, is the feature rink for the 2017 Pat Quinn Classic. Other venues include: Burnaby Lake Arena, Burnaby Winter Club, Kensington Arena, Burnaby Winter Club, Burnaby 8 Rinks and Planet Ice Coquitlam.

All games will be webcast. (Details will be announced on the tournament website in December.)
 

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Jennifer Scott
Event Director, Pat Quinn Classic
info@patquinnclassic.com / 778.847.1543

LIST OF COMPETING TEAMS – 2017 Pat Quinn Classic

BANTAM AAA ELITE

 

BANTAM AAA

 

PEEWEE AAA ELITE

Burnaby Winter Club Academy Prep

Dallas Stars Elite

Delta Hockey Academy Green

Delta Hockey Academy White

Okanagan Hockey Academy Prep

Pacific Coast Hockey Academy

Rocky Mountain Roughriders

San Jose Jr. Sharks

Seafair Islanders

Shawnigan Lake Academy Prep

St. George’s Academy Varsity

Yale Hockey Academy

 

 

 

 

Alaska North Stars

Arizona Bobcats

Burnaby Bulldogs

California Golden Bears

Central Okanagan Rockets

Dallas Hockey Club

Everett Jr. Silvertips

Langley Eagles

Nanaimo Clippers

Orange County Hockey Club

Providence Capitals

Rocky Mountain Roughriders

San Diego Jr. Gulls

San Jose Jr. Sharks

Seattle Jr. Admirals

Victoria Racquet Club

Burnaby Winter Club

Kamloops Blazers

Kelowna Rockets

Langley Eagles

North Shore Winter Club

Richmond Blues

Seafair Islanders

Vancouver Thunderbirds

Vernon Mustangs

Victoria Racquet Club

Playoff picture emerges on Day 2 of the Pat Quinn Classic

After two days of play in the Pat Quinn Classic, teams have booked their spots in the playoffs which begin on Thursday, December 29. Thirty-six teams from B.C., Alberta and the United States are competing in the four-day tournament in three divisions – Bantam AAA Elite, Bantam AAA and Peewee AAA Elite.

The teams with the best round robin record were rewarded with spots in the quarter finals, while others competed Wednesday evening in the play-in round.

In Bantam AAA, Kaiden Johnson of the Burnaby Minor Hockey Association Burnaby Bulldogs leads all scoring with 15 points. On day 1, he scored a pair of hat tricks.

In Pee Wee AAA Elite, Connor Bedard (a first-year Pee Wee player) of the North Shore Winter Hawks is the scoring leader with 10 points.

In Bantam AAA Elite, three players are atop the standings, each with seven points: Ridly Greig of the Lethbridge Golden Hawks, Aiden De La Gorgendiere of the Yale Prep Academy and Justin Sourdif of Delta Wild Prep.

Full results and standings are available here: http://www.patquinnclassic.com/2016results

http://www.burnabynow.com/sports/quinn-classic-ramps-up-1.5194278

QUINN CLASSIC RAMPS UP

Burnaby Now
December 20
Dan Olson

From around North America, the tests for the elite peewee and bantam hockey players involve a route that would impress the likes of Simon Fraser and Lewis and Clark.

In its second year under the Pat Quinn Classic banner, the Burnaby Minor Hockey Association’s major tournament continues to draw an impressive class of contestants, eager to put their skills under a magnifying glass.

The tourney, which runs Dec. 27 to 30, attracts the top 11 to 12 (peewee) and 13 to 14 (bantam) players in a forum that suits scouts from junior, college and pro organizations.

“This is a great opportunity for future hockey stars to show their skills,” remarked honorary tournament chair Cliff Ronning, who in his younger days dazzled in the tournament’s earlier incarnation. “And this tournament honours Pat Quinn’s countless contributions to the game.”

Teams from as far away as Alaska, Colorado, Los Angeles and Arizona will continue to push the American product and look to defend a recent trend -- with last year’s tourney title going to the Chicago Mission.

Five of the top 10 bantam teams in Western Canada will lead the home charge in the bantam AAA elite division.

Lethbridge, Edmonton and the Rocky Mountain association will put their skills to the test, against the likes of the Burnaby Winter Club, Prince George, Arizona, L.A. Kings and hockey academies from the Okanagan, Delta, Yale and Shawnigan Lake.
In the bantam AAA division, Burnaby Minor, the Burnaby Winter Club and programs from Colorado, San Jose, Seattle, Kelowna and Nanaimo are among the mix.

In the peewee AAA elite division, the ranks include Alaska, San Jose, Burnaby Minor, BWC, Cloverdale, Kelowna, North Shore and Victoria Racquet Club.

Action will take place at the Bill Copeland Arena, Burnaby Lake Arena, Kensington Arena, the Burnaby Winter Club and Planet Ice Coquitlam.

For more information, visit www.patquinnclassic.com

 

http://www.burnabynow.com/sports/quinn-classic-ramps-up-1.5194278

QUINN CLASSIC RAMPS UP

Burnaby Now
December 20
Dan Olson

From around North America, the tests for the elite peewee and bantam hockey players involve a route that would impress the likes of Simon Fraser and Lewis and Clark.

In its second year under the Pat Quinn Classic banner, the Burnaby Minor Hockey Association’s major tournament continues to draw an impressive class of contestants, eager to put their skills under a magnifying glass.

The tourney, which runs Dec. 27 to 30, attracts the top 11 to 12 (peewee) and 13 to 14 (bantam) players in a forum that suits scouts from junior, college and pro organizations.

“This is a great opportunity for future hockey stars to show their skills,” remarked honorary tournament chair Cliff Ronning, who in his younger days dazzled in the tournament’s earlier incarnation. “And this tournament honours Pat Quinn’s countless contributions to the game.”

Teams from as far away as Alaska, Colorado, Los Angeles and Arizona will continue to push the American product and look to defend a recent trend -- with last year’s tourney title going to the Chicago Mission.

Five of the top 10 bantam teams in Western Canada will lead the home charge in the bantam AAA elite division.

Lethbridge, Edmonton and the Rocky Mountain association will put their skills to the test, against the likes of the Burnaby Winter Club, Prince George, Arizona, L.A. Kings and hockey academies from the Okanagan, Delta, Yale and Shawnigan Lake.
In the bantam AAA division, Burnaby Minor, the Burnaby Winter Club and programs from Colorado, San Jose, Seattle, Kelowna and Nanaimo are among the mix.

In the peewee AAA elite division, the ranks include Alaska, San Jose, Burnaby Minor, BWC, Cloverdale, Kelowna, North Shore and Victoria Racquet Club.

Action will take place at the Bill Copeland Arena, Burnaby Lake Arena, Kensington Arena, the Burnaby Winter Club and Planet Ice Coquitlam.

For more information, visit www.patquinnclassic.com

 

News Release

News Release December 19, 2016

Top Bantam and Peewee hockey players compete in Burnaby’s Pat Quinn Classic tournament

Some of the best young hockey players from B.C., Alberta and the United States hit the ice in Burnaby later this month for the Pat Quinn Classic.  Featuring 36 teams in three divisions – Bantam AAA Elite, Bantam AAA and Peewee AAA Elite – the four day tournament has been a Christmas tradition in Burnaby for 53 years.

Renamed for the legendary Pat Quinn last year, the tournament, hosted by the Burnaby Minor Hockey Association, is one of the longest-running hockey tournaments in the world.

The competition is a prime event for hockey scouts as 63 players in the 2015 Pat Quinn Classic were drafted in the 2016 Western Hockey League (WHL) Draft.

“This is a great opportunity for future hockey stars to show their skills,” said honorary tournament chair Cliff Ronning. “And this tournament honours Pat Quinn’s countless contributions to the game,” added Ronning, a Burnaby resident and former Vancouver Canuck. In fact, Ronning competed in this tournament as a minor hockey player, as did former NHLers such as Joe Sakic, Glenn Anderson and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

The tournament involves partnerships with the Vancouver Canucks Alumni and the WHL with support from the City of Burnaby and Sport Burnaby.

“We’re thrilled to help continue the long tradition of this tournament,” said Manager of Sport Burnaby, Jennifer Scott. “We are so fortunate to have such great venues and strong community support, we invite everyone to check out the tournament and cheer on these talented young players.”

Five of the top 10 Bantam teams in Western Canada and two of the top 10 teams from the Western U.S., are participating in this year’s tournament which runs from December 27 to 30 at four venues: Bill Copeland Arena (feature rink), Burnaby Lake Arena, Burnaby Winter Club, Kensington Arena and Planet Ice Coquitlam.

Proceeds go to the Pat Quinn Legacy Fund, made up of a number of initiatives in honour of Pat Quinn, including a scholarship that supports former hockey players who want to pursue advanced legal studies, a cause that is very close to the heart of the Quinn family.

The goal of the Pat Quinn Classic is to create a top international calibre tournament in Western Canada to showcase local teams alongside some of the strongest programs in Canada, the U.S. and internationally. Organizers worked with the Quinn family to create a unique tournament that strikes the right balance between exciting hockey, skill and leadership development and community engagement. Pat motivated players at all levels to work hard on the ice and live with passion and integrity off the ice. The vision of this tournament exemplifies his love of hockey and his unwavering commitment to give back to the community.

All games will be webcast at http://sportscanada.tv/pqc/

The Bantam AAA Elite Championship game will be broadcast on Shaw TV, December 30 at 2:00 p.m.

Final games set for the 2016 Pat Quinn Classic

After three days of competition, the finals take place on Friday, December 30 with teams looking for the hardware at the Pat Quinn Classic. The four-day tournament features 36 from B.C., Alberta and the United States are competing in three divisions – Bantam AAA Elite, Bantam AAA and Peewee AAA Elite.

“I am very proud to be a part of this tournament,” said Cliff Ronning, honourary chair. “It has been run first class, just like Pat Quinn would have liked it. And I know the Quinn family is proud of what we’ve accomplished in such a short time.”

Ronning added that the competition has been “excellent” and “we’re looking forward to the games on Friday. There’s a lot of talent. The WHL scouts have been very happy with what’s happened here.”

Thursday evening games (Dec. 29)

Pee Wee AAA Elite semifinals

Alaska North Stars 4 - Burnaby Winter Club 1

North Shore Winter Club 4 -  Kamloops 0

- Alaska North Stars vs., North Shore Winter Club in the Pee Wee AAA Elite Championship game at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 30 at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre.

- Burnaby Winter Club plays Kamloops at 9:15 at the Burnaby Lake Arena in the bronze medal game.

Bantam AAA semifinals

Burnaby Minor Bantam Bulldogs 4 - Seafair Bantam 2

Seattle Bantam 3 -Kelowna Bantam 1

- Burnaby Minor Bantam Bulldogs plays Seattle Bantam in the Bantam AAA championship game at 11:30 am on Dec. 30 at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre.

- Seafair Bantam plays Kelowna Bantam at 11:00 a.m. at the Burnaby Lake Arena in the bronze medal game.

Bantam AAA Elite

In the Bantam AAA Elite division, the semifinals take place on Friday morning.

- Delta Prep Academy plays Burnaby Winter Club at the Kensington Arena at 10:00 a.m.

- Yale Prep Academy plays Lethbridge at the Burnaby Winter Club at 10:00 a.m.

The Bantam AAA Elite championship game is at 2:00 pm at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre. It’s the final game of the tournament. It will be broadcast on Shaw TV.

Player Stat Leaders

In Bantam AAA, Kaiden Johnson of the Burnaby Minor Hockey Association Burnaby Bulldogs leads all scoring with 18 points.

In Pee Wee AAA Elite, Connor Bedard of the North Shore Winter Hawks is the scoring leader with 14 points.

In Bantam AAA Elite, Ethan Bowen of Yale Prep Academy tops the stats with 12 points.

Full results and standings are available here: http://www.patquinnclassic.com/2016results