It’s all about minor hockey, but in a major way.
Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador is getting ready to celebrate Grant Thornton Minor Hockey Week in the province, with no less than 18 tournaments on the schedule.
Some of the tournaments begin today, but the event will officially begin Saturday in Stephenville, where that town’s minor association was selected by Hockey NL to host the kick-off festivities with an atom house league tournament.
“Focus on the Journey, Not the Destination” is the slogan of the 2014 Minor Hockey Week in the province, sponsored by Grant Thornton LLP, a national accounting and financial advisory firm.
“This year’s slogan was created to remind young players that our game at the grassroots level is really primarily about having fun. In order to accomplish this you must enjoy your time coming and going from the arena. We lose too many young hockey players from our sport when it becomes more than just a game,” said HNL minor chairman Arnold Kelly of Goose Bay in a release from the organization.
Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador has 45 minor hockey associations and more than 12,000 registered players, coaches, managers and officials.
2014 Grant Thornton Minor Hockey Week events
Jan 10-12 (Friday-Sunday)
Female Peewee AAA Warm Up Tournament, Port aux Basques
Bantam 1 Invitational Tournament, Marystown
Danny Cleary Novice Invitational, Harbour Grace
Fred Grimes Memorial Bantam Invitational, Grand-Falls-Windsor
Female Midget AAA Warm Up Tournament, Rocky Harbour
United Towns Minor Midget Invitational, Fortune
Minor Midget AAA Warm Up Tournament, Bonavista
Jan 11 (Saturday)
Peewee B Exhibition Series, Corner Brook
Jan 11-12 (Saturday-Sunday)
Atom House League Tournament, Stephenville
Placentia Lions Atom New Years Invitational, Placentia
Jan. 17-19 (Friday-Sunday)
Don Osbourne Memorial Midget Tournament, Harbour Grace
Dean Little Peewee Memorial, Bonavista
BAMHA 2014 Novice Jamboree, Bay Arena (Bay Roberts)
Peewee AAA Warm Up Tournament, Gros Morne
Bantam AAA Warm Up Tournament, Bishop’s Falls
Rogan Power Peewee Tournament, Mobile
Jan. 18 (Saturday)
Novice Jamboree, Gander
Jan. 18-19 (Saturday-Sunday)
U12 Female Invitational Tournament, Marystown