The tournament opens on Thursday in Moncton and continues through Sunday.
We have a simpler version of the tournament, says President Blair Brooks.
A lot of effort is required for operational planning with protocols against COVID-19 from a public health perspective.
For example, the organizing committee ensured that the approximately one thousand players who participated were adequately vaccinated. Spectators attending any of the 110 games Thursday through Sunday at the Moncton and Riverview Arenas must show proof of vaccination and wearing a mask.
That said, anyone who has been at the helm of the event since 1990 can’t wait for it to start.
This will be the first time to witness young talent, says Blair Brooks, who is still amazed to see future junior and college stars.
This tournament is a great fall to see the expectations, these players who can one day develop to a higher level.
More than a hundred recruiters from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Maritime League or American universities will be in Moncton to find rare pearls among 60 teams from the Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario and Saskatchewan.
Luke Morris, the defenseman of the Moncton Under-15 Hawks, says that you should not put too much pressure on yourself.
It’s like a normal game, he argues.
You have to play as you normally would.
The Monctonian Challenge will begin at the Superior Propane Center as the main venue on Thursday morning. Games will also be held at the Coliseum, Center Avenir, Jean-Louis Levesque Arena and Riverview. The final will take place on Sunday.
Because although the Monctonian Challenge is a showcase of talent, it is first and foremost a tournament in which the trophy is at stake.
This is where I grew up, says Luke Patterson, captain of the Moncton U18 Flyers.
Already drafted by the Cape Breton Eagles, the center could enjoy the tournament in a different way.
, It’s special to represent the Flyers, you want to be the favorite, you want to be the team to beat, we know what a tournament is all about and every team is good. was difficult, didn’t play last year [en raison de l’annulation], ,
For the youngest, it is the first business card to discard, for the latter.
We are really excited to participate, says Joshua Boudreau of Dieppe. The defenseman, who plays with the Moncton Under-16 Thunderbirds, is grateful that the Monctonian Challenge is now giving a place to categories of players who would only be eligible for the draft in subsequent years.
There will be recruiters and people will be ready, he adds.
But, we also want to win the banner and be the champion!
It just goes to show that hockey is a team sport, first and foremost.
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