December 31, 2017
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.
“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.