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News Release: Pat Quinn Classic announces three recipients of the first annual player scholarships

Burnaby, B.C. – Three players who competed in the 2018 Pat Quinn Classic have each earned a $1,000 scholarship.

The scholarships, provided by the Vancouver Canucks Alumni Association, have been awarded to players from Burnaby, Richmond and Victoria who demonstrated leadership on the ice, strong academic performance and who are committed to giving back to their community.

The tournament received 32 applications which selected the recipients on behalf of the Vancouver Canucks Alumni. Members of the selection committee are Cliff Ronning, honourary chair of the Pat Quinn Classic, Kalli Quinn, daughter of Pat Quinn and Jennifer Scott, event director of the annual tournament.

The recipients of the first annual scholarships are:

Adam Leitch (Bantam Male Elite Division).  A grade nine student at Burnaby Central Secondary School, Adam plays for the Burnaby Winter Club Academy Prep. Adam says: “Hockey is shaping me to be the person I want to be.  What I mean is that all of the demands on my time aren’t hard, because no matter what, I get to play a game that I am proud of.” He regularly participates in fundraising activities for the less fortunate in the community.

Kaz Soda (Bantam Male Division). Kaz is a grade nine student at A.R. MacNeill Secondary Incentive Program and plays for the Richmond Jets.  Kaz says: “Hockey has helped me develop into not only a better player, but a better person. It helped develop my personality and my social skills.”  He volunteers every week at St. Albans Church providing community meals for the homeless.

Jayla Jeske (Peewee Female Division). Jayla is a grade seven student at Royal Oak Middle School in Victoria and plays for the South Island Royals. Jayla says: “Leadership and teamwork are always the main goals I strive for, on and off the ice. To me, positivity is a must when playing hockey. I always cheer on everyone, win or lose, never get down on anyone after they have made a mistake and I am always respectful.” She’s a volunteer and participates in fundraisers for her local Ukrainian Dance Association.

“We are so impressed with the exceptional calibre of scholarship applications from these young hockey players,” said Cliff Ronning. “In addition to exhibiting their strong skills on the ice, these scholarship recipients are great team players, excellent students and volunteers who make valuable contributions to their communities.”

“The Pat Quinn Classic has been providing a top-level tournament experience to young hockey players for the last four years,” said Kalli Quinn. “Now, with these scholarships, we are thrilled to offer an extra incentive for tournament participants to help them with their game and scholastic achievements. These recipients are fine players and leaders in their schools and communities. They are worthy examples of my father’s commitment to hockey and education.”

Two scholarships are sponsored by the Vancouver Canucks Alumni under the names of Pat Quinn and Cliff Ronning – both Honoured Members of BC Hockey Hall of Fame, Both were named as part of the 100 greatest Moments in BC Amateur Hockey history. 

The third scholarship is under the name of Kirk McLean.  Kirk is an Honoured Member of the BC Hockey Hall of Fame and a member of the Vancouver Canucks Ring of Honour.  This scholarship is sponsored by Brook Pooni, of Brook Pooni Associates, a good friend of McLean and the Vancouver Canucks Alumni.

Held annually at the end of December, the Pat Quinn Classic attracts top minor hockey teams from Western Canada and the United States. The 2018 edition featured 47 teams in four divisions.

News Release: Fourth edition of the Pat Quinn Classic wraps up

Burnaby, B.C. (Dec. 31, 2018) -  The 2018 Pat Quinn Classic is in the books with American teams taking two of three medals in the Male Bantam Elite Division. The Alaska North Stars won the Bantam Elite championship defeating West Vancouver Academy prep 4-3 in overtime. A U.S. East Coast team, Seacoast Performance Academy, took the bronze 9-2 against BC North Zone.

In the Male Bantam AAA Division gold medal game, BC Central Zone Rockets scored a 5-4 overtime win over Richmond Jets. West Vancouver Academy Varsity beat Arizona Bobcats 4-1 to take the bronze.

In the Male Peewee Elite Division, Semiahmoo Ravens won gold, beating Kelowna Rockets 5-4 in a shootout.   In the bronze medal game, Burnaby Winter Club defeated North Shore Winter Club 4-1.

For the first time, the minor hockey tournament included a female division. Meadow Ridge Barracudas made Pat Quinn Classic history defeating South Island Royals 3-1 to win the first gold medal in the Female Peewee Division. Langley Lightning defeated Abbotsford Ice 5-0 for the bronze medal.

“Everyone did an amazing job. It’s been first class all the way,” said Cliff Ronning, honourary chair of the Pat Quinn Classic. “I know Pat would have been very proud of this.” Ronning is thrilled with the addition of the female division this year. “We’re very excited about the girls participating and hope to have even more female teams participate next year.”

The 2018Tournament raised another $10,000 for the Pat Quinn Legacy Fund. Since the tournament began in 2015, the tournament has contributed $45,000 to the Pat Quinn Legacy Fund. Supported by the City of Burnaby and Tourism Burnaby, the tournament attracts a significant number of hockey scouts. Since 2015, more than 125 tournament participants have been drafted to the Western Hockey league.

Overall, 47 teams competed in this year’s Pat Quinn Classic in the four divisions.

MEADOW RIDGE BARRACUDAS TAKE GOLD IN FIRST FEMALE PEEWEE DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP

Championship Update (Dec. 31, 2018, 6:00 p.m.) - Meadow Ridge Barracudas made Pat Quinn Classic history late Monday afternoon defeating South Island Royals 3-1 to win the first gold medal in the Female Peewee Division.  Langley Lightning defeated Abbotsford Ice 5-0 to win the bronze. 

Top Goalie: Kennedy Lonson, Meadow Ridge 

Top Defenceman: Neha Gill, Langley

Top Scorer:  Emily Chan, Burnaby Wildcats

Tournament MVP: Anya Porter, South Island 

BC Central Zone Rockets win Bantam AAA Championship

Championship Update (Dec. 31, 4:30 p.m.) - BC Central Zone Rockets scored at 2:57 of overtime to defeat Richmond Jets 5-4 and take the gold medal in the Male Bantam AAA division. 

In the bronze medal game, West Vancouver Academy Varsity beat Arizona Bobcats 4-1.  The tournament MVP was Josh Hikida of Richmond.  Top scorers were Colin Chon of the California Golden Bears and Carter Schmidt of BC Central Zone. Wilson Maxfield of Central Zone was the top goalie while Richmond's Tate Taylor was the top defenceman.

ALASKA NORTH STARS U14 WIN BANTAM ELITE CHAMPIONSHIP

Championship Update (Dec. 31, 2018, 2:00 p.m.) - Alaska North Stars scored at 2:59 of overtime against West Vancouver Academy Prep to take the gold medal by a score of 4-3, in the Bantam Elite Division at the 2018 Pat Quinn Classic.  Alaska took a 2-1 lead into the third period before West Van's Connor Bedard scored to tie the game. Alaska replied to retake the lead before Bedard scored his third of the game with less than two minutes to go to send the game into overtime.  Bedard was the top scorer in the division and was also named the tournament MVP.  Top goalie was Alaska's Bryant Marks.  Many players on this team also won the Peewee championship at the Pat Quinn Classic two years ago.

In the bronze medal game, Seacoast Performance Academy beat BC North Zone 9-2.  Seacoast's Shaun McEwan was the top defenceman.

Semiahmoo Ravens win Peewee Elite Championship

Championship Update (Dec. 31, 12:00 p.m.) It took a shootout to decide the 2018 Male Peewee Elite Championship at the Pat Quinn Classic.  Semiahmoo Ravens defeated Kelowna Rockets 5-4. Teams were tied 4-4 after regulation with no scoring in the overtime period. In the bronze medal game, Burnaby Winter Club defeated North Shore Winter Club 4-1.  Semiahmoo's Jordan Gavin was the top scorer in the division.

Teams make their moves for the playoffs on day two of the 2018 Pat Quinn Classic

Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018 – Day Two Recap

The playoff picture is emerging after day two of the 2018 Pat Quinn Classic.

In the Male Peewee AAA division, round robin play is complete and two teams lead the standings with perfect records of four wins:  Semiahmoo Ravens and BWC. They advance to the semifinals on Sunday against teams from quarter-final play.  The quarter-finals are set for Sunday with Kelowna Rockets vs. Juan De Fuca Grizzlies and Langley Eagles vs. North Shore Winter Club.  Jordan Gavin of the Semiahmoo Ravens is the scoring leader in this division with 18 points.

In the Male Bantam AAA division, the Richmond Minor Jets were undefeated with four wins after round robin play. Arizona Bobcats U14 scored three wins, a tie and a loss. Here are the match-ups for the quarter-finals on Sunday:  Richmond Minor Jets vs Nanaimo Clippers, Central Zone Rockets vs Arizona Bobcats, California Golden Bears vs Everett Jr Silvertips and West Van Academy Varsity vs BWC Academy Varsity. Colin Chon of the California Golden Bears is the scoring leader in the division with 15 points.

In the Male Bantam AAA Elite division, Alaska North Stars tops the standings with four wins. West Van Academy has earned three wins and a tie. BWC Academy Prep and OHA Academy Prep each have 3-1 records.  Connor Bedard (West Van Academy) leads the scoring in this division with 15 points. Bedard told us what motivates him: “My teammates and the joy of scoring a goal or getting an assist.”

In Saturday’s games in the Female Peewee AAA division, Langley Lightning beat Burnaby Wildcats 2-1, Seattle Lady Jr Admirals defeated Prince George Cougars 3-2 and South Island Royals beat Tri-City Female 7-4. South Island Royals has the best record so far with two wins and a tie. Scoring leaders are Emily Chan of Burnaby Wildcats with six points and Anya Porter of South Island Royals with five.  Female players are competing in the Pat Quinn Classic for the first time.

Scores and standings and Sunday’s schedules are available here.

47 teams are competing in this year’s Pat Quinn Classic in the four divisions.   Games continue on Sunday at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre, the feature rink for the tournament. Other venues include Burnaby Lake Arena, Burnaby Winter Club, Kensington Arena, Burnaby Winter Club and Burnaby 8 Rinks.



2018 Pat Quinn Classic begins with female players on the ice for the first time

Friday Dec. 28, 2018 – Day One Recap

This year’s edition of the Pat Quinn Classic minor hockey tournament opened Friday with female players competing for the first time in the competition.

Tournament history was made at 9:00 a.m. with the first game in the Female Peewee division. In that game, Abbotsford Ice and Tri-City Female skated to a 2-2 tie. Local team, Burnaby Wildcats won their first game against the Maple Ridge Barracudas 3-1 then tied in the afternoon against Seattle Lady Jr Admirals 6-6. Nine teams are competing in the female division and after the first day of competition, the teams appear to be evenly matched with most games ending in a tie.

In the Male Bantam AAA Elite division, the Langley Eagles, BWC Academy Prep, OHA Academy Prep, San Jose Jr Sharks and Alaska North Stars all won their first games on Friday. 12 teams are competing in this division.  Players with the San Jose Jr Sharks, Alaska North Stars and Seacoast Performance Academy are skating well and are catching the attention of hockey scouts. Since 2015, more than 125 tournament participants in the Pat Quinn Classic have been drafted to the Western Hockey League.  

The Male Bantam AAA division features 16 teams. Five teams each won their first two games: Arizona Bobcats U14, Central Zone Rockets, Richmond Minor Jets, Everett Jr Silvertips and California Golden Bears.  Other winners included BWC Academy Bantam Varsity, Nanaimo Clippers and West Vancouver Academy Bantam Varsity. The teams in this division also appear to be evenly matched.

Ten teams are looking for hardware in the Male Peewee AAA division.  After Friday’s play, Kelowna Rockets and Semiahmoo Ravens lead the standings, each with two wins.  Both teams scored decisive victories against their opponents. Other winners included BWC Peewee AAA, Juan de Fuca Grizzlies and Langley Eagles.

Scores and standings are available here.

Overall, 47 teams are competing in this year’s Pat Quinn Classic in the four divisions.   Games continue on Saturday at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre, the feature rink for the tournament. Other venues include Burnaby Lake Arena, Burnaby Winter Club, Kensington Arena, Burnaby Winter Club and Burnaby 8 Rinks



Vancouver Canucks Alumni support the Pat Quinn Classic with three annual player scholarships

Burnaby, B.C. – Starting this year, the players participating in the Pat Quinn Classic will be competing for more than a trophy.  The Vancouver Canucks Alumni had announced three players in the tournament will be the recipients of a $1,000 scholarship every year.

Two scholarships are sponsored by the Vancouver Canucks Alumni under the names of Pat Quinn and Cliff Ronning – both Honoured Members of BC Hockey Hall of Fame, Both were named this year as part of the 100 greatest Moments in BC Amateur Hockey history. 

The third scholarship is under the name of Kirk McLean.  Kirk is an Honoured Member of the BC Hockey Hall of Fame and a member of the Vancouver Canucks Ring of Honour.  This scholarship is sponsored by Brook Pooni, a good friend of McLean and the Vancouver Canucks Alumni.

“These scholarships further enhances this tournament,” said Ronning, Honourary Chair of the Pat Quinn Classic. “Providing an extra incentive to help young hockey players with their game and education is a great fit for the tournament and honours Pat’s commitment to hockey and education.”

The Alumni Scholarships will be awarded to the applicants who best demonstrate leadership on the ice, strong academic performance and a commitment to giving back to their community. The scholarship application process will open in January with the scholarships to be awarded in Spring 2019. This process will be outlined shortly on the Pat Quinn Classic website. We would like to recognize Gerry O’Flaherty and the Alumni’s Scholarship Committee – who made these three scholarships happen

The 2018 Pat Quinn Classic features 47 teams competing in four divisions. For the first time, the tournament has a female division. It takes place December 28-31. The Bill Copeland Sports Centre, in Burnaby Sport Park, is the feature rink for the tournament. Other venues include Burnaby Lake Arena, Burnaby Winter Club, Kensington Arena, Burnaby Winter Club and Burnaby 8 Rinks. Supported by the City of Burnaby and Tourism Burnaby, in addition to raising more than $35,000 for the Pat Quinn Legacy Fund since 2015, the tournament also attracts a significant number of hockey scouts.  Since 2015, more than 125 tournament participants have been drafted to the Western Hockey League.  

The Vancouver Canucks Alumni is made up of former hockey players, coaches and administrators and has more than 100 members and associates in the Greater Vancouver area. The mandate of the alumni association is "to work for the improvement of personal relationships among all members of the hockey fraternity, to provide financial and other forms of assistance to members of the hockey community and their families, when in need, to support charitable causes, primarily youth orientated, and to generally promote the game of ice hockey at all levels." The alumni interact with the NHL Canucks in most of the team's charitable and community fundraisers and operates a schedule of its own benefit hockey games and golf tournaments throughout the Lower Mainland and beyond.


Female division added to the Pat Quinn Classic minor hockey tournament

Annual holiday season tournament continues to expand

Burnaby, B.C. – The fourth annual Pat Quinn Classic will welcome female teams for the first time when this minor hockey tournament returns to Burnaby in late December.

“We’ve seen tremendous growth in the tournament since the first edition back in 2015,” said Cliff Ronning, honourary chair of the Pat Quinn Classic.  “And now, with the addition of the female division, we are thrilled to expand this tournament and provide the opportunity for girls to demonstrate their hockey skills.” A couple spots still remain in the female division for interested teams.  Teams can register on the Pat Quinn website.

This year’s tournament will be held from December 28 to 31.  More than 36 teams are expected to register in the three male divisions: Peewee AAA Elite, Bantam AAA, and Bantam AAA Elite.  Organizers are expecting eight Peewee AAA Elite teams in the female division.  As with past tournaments, teams are expected to come from B.C., and the United States. 

“This tournament showcases some of the best players in minor hockey,” added Ronning. “And we continue to enhance the tournament with online broadcasts, social media coverage and off-ice activities with our sponsors and supporters to give participants the full competition experience.”

The 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.

“Pat would be pleased with the evolution of this tournament,” said Ronning. “For him, it was all about hockey and teamwork and that’s what we continue to strive to achieve as we look for ways to continue to improve this event.”

Supported by the City of Burnaby and Tourism Burnaby, in addition to raising more than $35,000 for the Pat Quinn legacy fund since 2015, the tournament also attracts a significant number of hockey scouts.  Since 2015, over 125 tournament participants have been drafted to the Western Hockey League.  

The Bill Copeland Sports Centre, in Burnaby Sport Park, is the feature rink for the 2018 Pat Quinn Classic. Other venues include Burnaby Lake Arena, Burnaby Winter Club, Kensington Arena, Burnaby Winter Club and Burnaby 8 Rinks.

 

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Prep Bruins capture Quinn bantam crown in OT

Winning Photo

It was a win they can hang their hats on.

But members of the Burnaby Winter Club Academy Bruins’ bantam prep program know it’s just the beginning.

The BWC Bruins secured its first tournament title Saturday with a thrilling 2-1 overtime win over the Yale Hockey Academy in the Pat Quinn Classic AAA bantam elite division final at Bill Copeland Arena.

The win capped a tremendous weekend for the Burnaby club, which also won the peewee elite division title (see sidebar story below).

 

“At the beginning of the year I was talking with (assistant coach) Jordie Jones and we felt if we could make it to the semifinals in some tournaments we’d be doing well,” remarked head coach Leland Mack. “To win it here (in Burnaby) is a real nice accomplishment.”

That they had to beat the No. 1 prep program in B.C. was just another layer of achievement for the first-year Canadian Sport School Hockey League club.

Burnaby took the lead with five minutes left in the second period, when 13-year-old defenceman Eshan Barha rifled a two-zone pass to a sprinting Keean Fisk, who deked past goaltender Liam Vanderkooi for the game’s first goal.

The play up to that point had been balanced, but the Valley squad held a solid edge in shots, as they did in size.

Both teams had struck iron prior to that, with Jake Chaisson getting stymied by Burnaby netminder Thomas Milic moments before banging one off the post, while Burnaby native Tyler Schweitzer had the Winter Club’s best scoring opportunity, when his shot hit the crossbar.

In the third period, Yale squared things up on defenceman Graham Sward’s shot from the point that got past Milic.

The Coquitlam goalie foiled both Ashton Taylor and Chaisson late in the period to guide Burnaby into the extra session, where Brandon Lisowsky provided the heroics.

The 13-year-old forward wired the puck past Vanderkooi with just 47 seconds gone in overtime to give Burnaby the tourney title – and its first win over Yale in four attempts.

“(Teammate Elias) Carmichael just got checked and I followed the rebound and shot it,” said Lisowsky, who attends Burnaby Central Secondary. “I just wanted to get (the shot) off and then change up. (The goal) just happened.”

The rivalry between the two programs has always been strong, noted Mack, who last year coached BWC’s Elite 15s. But in head-to-head play this year, the results were 5-0, 4-1 and 4-2, all in Yale’s favour.

“First time we played them at home, the first game of the season, we lost 5-0,” recalled Lisowsky. “That showed us what it was all about and we needed to play way better than the first game. We played them again in the Chilliwack tournament. We did OK, and we bounced back this game and played really well.”

Mack said the difference was another stand-up performance from Milic, who has risen to the challenge ever since starting goalie Mason Dunsford suffered an injury in November, and the checking of  Yale’s top offensive threat.

 “I think overall they probably out-played us (in the final),” he noted. “But (Milic) really played well and we knew we had to watch (Logan) Stankoven, and I thought we did a good job of shutting him down.

“What was really neat was it was five-on-five for 61 minutes. There were no penalties, and no instances where it was like (the officials) missed one. There was lots of flow.”

Yale’s powerhouse offence, led by snipers Kobe Verbicky and Stankoven, had lashed rival defences for 43 goals over six games leading up to the final. Among the tourney’s top-eight scorers, six were from Yale’s lineup, with Stankoven and Verbicky racking up nine goals and seven assists each.

The Bruins top scorers were Caedan Bankier, Keean Fisk, Adam Grenier and Finlay Williams, each with eight points.

In the semifinal, the Bruins defeated Victoria-based Pacific Coast 5-2, thanks to a two-goal effort from Maxim Borovinskiy.

They started the tourney with a 3-3 draw with Delta Hockey Academy Green, before reeling off wins over Rocky Mountain (4-3), Shawnigan Lake (5-0) and Delta Academy White (4-0). Burnaby launched the playoff round with a 4-3 victory over Okanagan.

Milic was selected the tourney’s top goalie, while Sward was named the top defenceman. St. George’s Trevor Wong was chosen the tourney MVP, after tallying 10 of his team’s 22 goals.

The Burnaby Bulldogs, meanwhile, wrapped up the bantam AAA division with a 2-2-1 record, dropping their playoff match 6-1 to Seattle.

Marcus Jantzen led the offence over five games, scoring once and setting up six others. Stefan Deretic was the team’s top sniper, with five goals, while Nicola Barba counted four.

Dan Olsen/ Via Burnaby Now

 


News Release: Teams from Burnaby and Seattle win championships in 2017 Pat Quinn Classic

News Release December 30, 2017 5:00 p.m.

After four days of competition and 110 hockey games, two teams from the Burnaby Winter Club and a team from Seattle took the championships in the 2017 Pat Quinn Classic.

In a fast-paced gold-medal game in the Bantam Elite Division, Burnaby Winter Club Academy Prep scored 35 seconds into overtime to win against Yale Hockey Academy by a score of 2-1. In the Bantam Elite bronze-medal game, Pacific Coast Hockey Academy scored a 4-2 victory over Delta Hockey Academy White.

In the Bantam AAA Division, Seattle Jr. Admirals beat Alaska North Stars by a score of 3-0 to take the gold medal. Langley Eagles scored a 6-0 victory over Orange County Hockey Club to win the Bantam AAA Division bronze.

Burnaby Winter Club defeated North Shore Winter Club 4-3 in overtime to take the Pee Wee Elite Division Championship. In the Pee Wee Elite bronze-medal game, Kamloops Blazers beat Victoria Racquet Club 4-1.

“Overall, it’s been a great tournament,” said Cliff Ronning, honourary chair of the Pat Quinn Classic. “We had a lot more people here for the finals. We’re getting more and more people watching the hockey.  It’s very exciting for us and for the kids who are playing. This year has been a huge success.”

Thirty-eight minor hockey teams from across North America (including Alaska, Texas, New England and California) came to Burnaby to compete in the four-day tournament in three divisions: Peewee AAA Elite, Bantam AAA, and Bantam AAA Elite. Teams from Vancouver Island and the Okanagan also competed.  All results are available here: http://www.patquinnclassic.com/page/show/3842817-2017-live-results

“We’re very excited for next year already,” added Ronning. “We have more teams expressing interest to come to the tournament.”  He noted the tournament couldn’t be staged without community support.  “Everyone put in so much time into this.”

Burnaby Minor Hockey Association began hosting the annual December Bantam hockey tournament in 1962. It is 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.

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Seattle Jr. Admirals wins Bantam AAA Division at the 2017 Pat Quinn Classic

Day 4 Update, Dec. 30 2017, 4:15 p.m.

In the final championship game of the 2017 Pat Quinn Classic, Seattle Jr. Admirals beat Alaska North Stars by a score of 3-0 to to win the Bantam AAA Division.

 

Langley Eagles scored a 5-0 victory over Orange County Hockey Club to take the bronze.


Burnaby Winter Club Academy Prep takes Bantam Elite Championship at 2017 Pat Quinn Classic

Day 4 Update, Dec. 30 2017, 2:00 p.m.

In a fast-paced gold-medal game, Burnaby Winter Club Academy Prep scored 35 seconds into overtime to win the Bantam Elite Championship against Yale Hockey Academy by a score of 2-1.
The game was scoreless in the first. Burnaby scored late in the second and Yale tied it up late in the third to send the game into OT.

In the bronze-medal game, Pacific Coast Hockey Academy scored a 4-2 victory over Delta Hockey Academy White.

The final championship game of the tournament is in the Bantam AAA Divison with Alaska North Stars playing Seattle Jr. Admirals for the gold medal and Orange County Hockey Club playing Langley Eagles for the bronze medal.


Burnaby Winter Club wins Pee Wee Elite Championship at 2017 Pat Quinn Classic

Day 4 update, Dec. 30, 2017 11:00 a.m.

Burnaby Winter Club defeated North Shore Winter Club 4-3 in overtime to take the Pee Wee Elite Championship Saturday morning at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre. BWC's Andrew Cristall scored the game winner.  

In the bronze medal game, Kamloops Blazers beat Victoria Racquet Club 4-1 at the Burnaby Lake Arena.

Check out how the Pee Wee Elite Division competiton unfolded this week here.

Up next:  The Bantam Elite championship game featuring Burnaby Winter Club Academy Prep against Yale Hockey Academy (Bill Copeland Sports Centre at 11:30 a.m)

At the Burnaby Lake Arena, it's Pacific Coast Hockey Academy vs. Delta Hockey Academy White for the bronze medal at 11:00 a.m.


Championship stage is set for the 2017 Pat Quinn Classic

December 29 - Day 3 Update:

After three days of competition, the teams playing for the championships in three divisions have been determined.

Bantam Elite Division

Yale Hockey Academy will play Burnaby Winter Club Academy Prep in Saturday's Bantam Elite Divison final at 11:30 a.m. at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre.

Yale Hockey Academy has gone  through the tournament undefeated with five wins. Burnaby Winter Club had four wins and a tie.

Delta Hockey Academy White meets Pacific Coast Hockey Academy for the bronze medal at 11 a.m. Saturday at Burnaby Lake Arena. 

Pee Wee Elite Divison

In the Pee Wee Elite division, local teams Burnaby Winter Club and North Shore Winter Club will face off for the championship at 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre.  Victoria Racquet Club meets Kamloops Blazers at 9:00 a.m. in the bronze medal match at the Burnaby Lake Arena.

Bantam AAA Division

The semifinals are set in the Bantam AAA Division. Orange County Hockey Club meets Alaska North Stars at the Burnaby Winter Club Arena at 8:00 a.m. Saturday. In the other semifinal, it's Langley Eagles versus Seattle Junior Admirals at Kensington Arena at 8:00 a.m.
 
Thirty-eight teams took part in this year's Pat Quinn Classic.

Support from local firefighters 

Burnaby firefighters have been at the tournament providing first aid services and community fire prevention information. In addition to volunteering their time at the tournament, the firefighters have been enjoying the on-ice action "I do it because I love hockey," said Burnaby firefighter Dave Edgecombe. "And we get to see some future hockey stars." Fellow firefighter Doug Buckoll agrees. "It's pretty good hockey." He also appreciates the opportunity to see the out-of-town teams. The Burnaby Firefighters Charitable Society is providing long-term support to the Pat Quinn Classic with a $50,000 donation over a 10-year period.


Teams prepare for playoffs in the 2017 Pat Quinn Classic

December 28, 2017 Day Two Update:

Pool play wrapped up Thursday evening in the Pee Wee Elite Division on the second day of the Pat Quinn Classic.  Burnaby Winter Club posted three wins and one tie for seven points in four games to top the standings.

Other Pee Wee Elite Division Pool Play Results:

2nd: North Shore Winter Club (three wins, one loss, six points)
3rd: Langley Eagles (three wins, one loss, six points)
4th: Kamloops Blazers (three wins, one loss, six points)

Burnaby Winter Club (1st) and North Shore Winter Club (2nd) advance to the semifinals on Friday.

Langley Eagles (3rd), Victoria Racquet Club (6th), Kamloops Blazers (4th) and Seafair Islanders (5th) move to the quarter-finals.

In Thursday's action in the Bantam Elite Division, Yale Hockey Academy completed the Pool Play round undefeated with four wins and eight points. Burnaby Winter Club Academy Prep posted three wins and one tie for seven points. Pacific Coast Hockey Academy had three wins and one loss for six points.

In the Bantam AAA Division, California Golden Bears wrapped up the Pool Play round with four straight wins and eight points. Alaska North Stars and Seattle Junior Admirals each have three wins so far.  Burnaby Bulldogs has two wins, one tie and a loss for five points. 

Full results are available: here.

The tournament continues on Friday with the start of the playoffsin all three divisions.

Thirty-eight teams began the four-day tournament on Wednesday. The Bill Copeland Sports Centre is the feature rink for the 2017 Pat Quinn Classic. The tournament takes place in five venues: Bill Copeland and Burnaby Lake Arenas, Burnaby Winter Club, Kensington Arena, Burnaby 8 Rinks and Planet Ice Coquitlam. All games are open to the public free of charge.

You can also watch the games online at http://www.patquinnclassic.com/webcast.  


Competition underway in the 2017 Pat Quinn Classic

December 27, 2017 Day One Update:

Thirty-eight teams began the quest for minor hockey glory as the 2017 Pat Quinn Classic began on Wednesday.

The teams are competing in three divisions – Peewee Elite, Bantam AAA, and Bantam AAA Elite – during the four-day tournament taking place in seven arenas in Burnaby and Coquitlam.

Here are some early results from day one action:

In the Bantam Elite Division, Yale Hockey Academy and Pacific Coast Hockey Academy each posted two wins.

In the Bantam AAA division, the Langley Eagles and California Golden Bears each won their first two games. 

In the Peewee Elite Division, The Burnaby Winter Club, Langley Eagles and North Shore Winter Club teams each started round-robin play with two wins. Full results are available here.

Supported by the City of Burnaby and Tourism Burnaby, in addition to raising $25,000 for the Pat Quinn legacy fund since 2015, the Pat Quinn Classic 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 are open to the public free of charge. 

You can also watch the games online by visiting: http://www.patquinnclassic.com/webcast.  


Burnaby Firefighters enhance partnership with the Pat Quinn Classic

The Burnaby Firefighters Charitable Society is providing long-term support to the Pat Quinn Classic with a $50,000 donation over a 10-year period. 

“Our firefighters have a strong connection to the tournament,” said Jeff Clark, president of the Burnaby Firefighters Association Local 323. “Many of them grew up playing hockey in Burnaby and during the past two years, many kids of local firefighters have competed in the tournament.”

“This tournament epitomizes the values of a Burnaby firefighter – trust, respect, integrity and teamwork,” said Scott Alleyn, vice president of Local 323. “To be involved with an international tournament involving kids and watching them compete and flourish with new friendships, is very rewarding. We are very proud to be partnered with this distinguished tournament that connects many communities and showcases the power of sport.”
Ed Jaskula, who was tasked with organizing the first Pat Quinn Classic, approached the Society about getting involved. “We had already committed to other charities, so we didn’t have the money to be involved at that time,” said Clark. “But, we had partnered with Ed on many other events and with learning more about Cliff Ronning’s involvement, we didn’t hesitate to get involved,” said Clark.

Former Burnaby Mayor Bill Copeland was an assistant chief in the Burnaby Firefighters Association and 6th district vice president of the International Association of Firefighters (covering BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon Territory and the Northwest Territories). The Bill Copeland Sports Centre is the feature rink for the four-day tournament running December 27 to 30. “Having much of the tournament hosted at the arena bearing Bill Copeland’s name is special,” said Clark. “He was one of our most respected firefighter union leaders in Canada, so we are excited to establish deep roots with this tournament.”

The Society’s commitment includes support for the Pat Quinn Legacy Fund.  The Society worked Quinn’s daughter, Kalli during the 2006 World Junior Hockey Tournament in Vancouver.  Clark said Kalli explained her father’s respect for firefighters as his dad was retired fire captain and first president of the Hamilton Professional Firefighters. “Pat’s devotion to his communities through his charitable work was legendary,” added Clark. “We are honoured to be associated with his name and his family to support the Pat Quinn Legacy Fund to assist kids to continue in hockey.”
Firefighters in Burnaby are dedicated to their city, volunteering more than 7,000 hours a year for various events and activities.

“We know that protecting a community is about more than handling emergencies – it’s about helping people in our community every day – people who have to deal with health problems, disabilities, poverty, abuse, hunger and so many other issues,” said Alleyn. “We know we can make a difference. None of this would be possible without the support of our firefighters and our community partners.”

The Burnaby Firefighters Charitable Society raises money for community groups and non-profit organizations. It has no paid employees with members Burnaby Firefighters Local 323 volunteering their time to administer the Society’s business.
 


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


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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