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The tournament, referred to as the “Peewee World Championships” is annually attended by more than 2,250 competitors from over 15 countries and is the oldest and most prestigious youth hockey tournament in the world. The Quebec Peewee International Hockey Tournament is the centerpiece of the third largest outdoor festival in the world; the annual Quebec City “Winter Carnival.” The Winter Carnival draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to this winter wonderland and the tournament alone has drawn over 5,000,000 spectators in it’s 57 year history. Proceeds from this historic youth hockey event benefit the “Patron Roc-Amador” youth organization.
By “USA Hockey” age classifications, the Quebec Peewee Tournament is a Pee-Wee tournament. For the most part, teams from around the world send only their best, biggest and oldest players that match the birth year limitation of the tournament.
Why is this tournament so special?
Next year, the 59th edition of the Quebec Peewee Tournament will mark the 58th year that Hershey has been honored with an invitation; the longest consecutive attendance streak of any team or organization in the world! Invitations are extended to youth hockey organizations that have established their strong commitment to the youth of their community and to the highest level of sportsmanship and hockey performance. The 2017-2018 Hershey Jr. Bears will prepare and compete under the coaching direction of Doug Yingst, retired President & General Manager of the HERSHEY Bears. Hershey’s participation in the Quebec Peewee Tournament provides it’s youth hockey players the opportunity to experience “up close” the unique culture of French speaking Quebec City. Besides thrilling hockey against some of the best teams in the world, players tour historic old Quebec City, attend the “Winter Carnival”, travel to the famous St. Anne’s Cathedral, and most important, live with a French speaking Quebec family for the week of the tournament. Some of the wonderful Quebec families have hosted Hershey players for over 30 years! Many of these host families have made reciprocal visits to the Hershey area.