Organizers of the 2009 Quikcard Edmonton Minor Hockey Week, sponsors and volunteers gathered at Rexall Place recently to kick-off the 46th annual tournament.
To commemorate the start of the tournament, Chair Rod McMahon, Honorary Chair Bill Ross, title sponsor and Quikcard President & CEO Lyle Best and Edmonton Oilers General Manager Steve Tambellini addressed the importance of sportsmanship and dedication and wished the 534 teams participating the best of luck over the coming week of competition.
Three Minor Hockey players were presented with annual Wayne Gretzky Recreational Hockey Awards. Each award winner also received a scholarship from BMO Bank of Montreal. The Wayne Gretzky Awards are presented to the hockey player who best exemplifies good sportsmanship and dedication to the game. Each year since the 1989/90 season, three outstanding young athletes from the BB, AA, and Junior programs have been the recipients of this prestigious award. Players are nominated and chosen for sportsmanship, scholastic achievement, and community involvement. Today, Austin Porter of the North Edmonton Red Wings Junior B, Jacob Bennett of the CAC Leigh Inland Cement Bantam AAA, and Dylan Vieira of the Northeast Peewee Eagles were honoured.
Quikcard Edmonton Minor Hockey Week continues to be one of the largest ice hockey tournaments in the world. The tournament experienced tremendous growth last year and 2009 promises to be fast-paced and exciting with over 8,500 participants on 530 teams taking part in 761 games in 23 arenas and on 30 sheets of ice over ten days. This year, girls’ teams from surrounding areas including Onoway, Redwater, Fort Saskatchewan, Leduc and Barrhead joined the tournament alongside returning boys’ and girls’ teams from Spruce Grove, Sherwood Park, St. Albert and Edmonton.
For more information please visit Quikcard Edmonton Minor Hockey Week’s new website at Quikcardminorhockey.com.