Jr Pioneers Represent Denver In Quebec Tourney

(above) The Denver Junior Pioneers (11-12 y.o. team) after winning an outdoor exhibition match against a youth team from Quebec

The Quebec City International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament is the largest ice hockey tournament in the world. 2,300 youth players (11-12 y.o) from over 16 countries compete annually. Held every February at the 15,000 seat Colisée Pepsi, it unofficially serves as the pee-wee World Championships.

This year the Junior Pioneers team from Denver are off to a great start. The Junior Pioneers are 2-0 in tournament play defeating Austria and Lachenaie Chevaliers (Montreal) and will face Campus DPR Noroits (Quebec) on Friday morning.

The team is undefeated in exhibition play defeating Chaudiere (Quebec) in an outdoor game [see photo above] and Wendy's Avalanche from New Jersey. The team plays the San Jose Jr. Sharks and Baden-Wurttemberg (Germany) in exhibition play before returning to regular play in the Collisee on Friday.

In all probability a few players from this team will play for the University of Denver some day.

Players who have competed in this tournament when they were younger include Wayne Gretzkey, Paul Stastny, Patrick Roy and Peter Senja.


dggoddard said...

I wonder what the parents in Quebec are thinking after their kids get waxed by a team from Colorado.

"First Colorado steals the Quebec Nordiques and two Stanley Cups from us, and now this?"

Anonymous said...

Boone apporte peur à Québec

pesimisticfan said...

I competed in this tournament back in 2001 with the New York Jr. Rangers and what a tournament it was. I still have the program with rosters which is crazy, along with that our lineup was stacked, I shared goaltending duties with Jon "Jonathan" Quick, we also had Matt Lashoff, Sean Backman, Sean Morey, and other phemons from the CT/NY/NJ area. Some guys we played against included Stastny, Anze Kopitar, Cory Schneider, Rob Schremp, and Enver Lisin just to name a few.

dggoddard said...

One of the coaches of the Jr. Pioneers is Vince Gouillet, who played hockey at Providence College.

It was Vince's father Michele who played a major role in helping DU land Paul Stastny. Michele was the Avs Director of Player Personnel during the Stanley Cup years and vouched for the DU hockey program.

Michele scored 500 goals in the NHL, many on passes from Paul's father Peter Stastny. Both Michele & Peter are in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

So while Vince is helping coach the team this week in Quebec, who does he call in to give the boys pep talks? Michele Gouillet. :-)

du78 said...

You need some help with your French spelling. It is Michel Goulet ;-)

4-time 50-goal scorer with Quebec.