Hockey Tournament, Terry Sutton, with the honorary president of the 55th edition, Roger Dubois.
The Drummondville International Midget Hockey Tournament has been part of the region’s sports scene for more than half a century. No less than 119 teams will participate in the 55th edition of the popular event, from January 3rd to 13th.
In addition to the two ice rinks of Olympia Yvan-Cournoyer and that of the Marcel-Dionne Center, a few games will be played at the arena of Saint-Cyrille. The teams will compete for the Marcel-Dionne Trophy in the five categories on display: Midget AA (21 teams), BB (18 teams), A (33 teams) and B (39 teams) as well as school juvenile (8 teams) .
For David Lizotte, coach of one of the two BB teams in Drummondville, the winter tournament always has a special flavor.
“I won the tournament in 1996 in the AA class. You know, when you’re a little guy from Drummondville, your dream is to win him and play for the Voltigeurs. Even after more than 20 years, it’s still a memorable experience. I can now pass on my knowledge to young people who are eager to live it, “commented the former professional hockey player, tracing the plaque engraved on the Marcel-Dionne trophy.
This year, the organizers swapped the traditional gold medal for a gold-plated puck in the image of the tournament. Champion team players will also receive a hockey stick. Those from the Drummondville teams will get a personalized tournament jersey.
“We want the tournament to remain an unforgettable meeting place.
Each year, thousands of players aged 15 to 18 come to defend the colors of their team. Even in defeat, they will have an excellent memory of their stay in Drummondville, “said tournament president Terry Sutton.
Once again this year, admission will be free for spectators. “The important thing for us is to provide the best experience for spectators, both tourists and the local population. We want visitors to have fun. We invite the people of Drummondville to come for a ride to see exciting parties and live this frenzy, “said one of the organizers of the tournament, Yves Chabot.
The organizers recalled that over the last four years, more than 8000 players have skated on the ice of Drummondville while 100 000 spectators have crossed the doors of the tournament. Not to mention that 2,500 hotel rooms were rented and $ 150,000 was given to minor sport.
Honorary President of the 35 th edition of the tournament, businessman Roger Dubois will occupy the same role 20 years later. “His interest and enthusiasm for minor sport is still palpable,” said Terry Sutton, noting the support of the Drummondville Olympic, the City of Drummondville and the many sponsors in the realization of the event.
On the first day of the tournament, Thursday, January 3, fans will see all the teams from Drummondville to Olympia Yvan-Cournoyer.
In the AA class, the Voltigeurs will make their entry against the Laval Marquis after the opening ceremonies, around 8 pm. At 9:30 pm, the Canimex (Midget Hope category) will play an exhibition game against the Western Regals of Prince Edward Island.
On Saturday, January 5th, at 6:30 pm, a game will pit former players who have already participated in the tournament at Olympia Yvan-Cournoyer. Already, there is a craze for this special part, which will be followed by an evening featuring Drummondvillois Gueule de Bois trio at the Drummondville-Sud Community Center, starting at 8 pm.