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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


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