**This promises to be one of the more busy weeks for parents, scouts, coaches and everyone involved with bantam hockey. The Hockey Hounds tournament, featuring 16 teams will begin Friday evening in Medicine Hat. Then the next day, the NWCAA Rocky Mountain "Classic" begins the nest day with another 16 teams taking part in the Calgary Tournament. So look for a large caravan of guys in black driving up the Hwy 1 from Medicine Hat to Calgary on Saturday morning or visa versa from Calgary to Medicine Hat! The tournaments will feature 3 of the top 4 Winnipeg AAA teams, 16/22 AMBHL teams, the top 8 BC based teams and the 3 top Saskatchewan teams.
In tomorrow's newsletter, look for a full preview on each tournament, which will include players to watch and some fearless predictions!
**In case you missed it late last night, the Vancouver Thunderbirds have won their appeal to be moved up from Flight 2 to Flight 1 in the PCAHA. The Thunderbirds who were runners up to Richmond in the Tim Jardine Tournament over the weekend will now be the 10th team in Flight 1. That means their 5-0 victory over Seafair in flight 2 action yesterday is null and void. That was the TBirds 6th game in 4 days and with the pending appeal in the minds as well, kudos to them on the victory.
The PCAHA did get underway last night with the Semiahmoo Ravens sneaking past the Surrey Thunder 4-3. Action will resume tonight as Abbotsford heads to Langley to take on the Eagles. This will be the final game for both teams as they are both headed for the Medicine Hat Tournament. NSWC will also visit Burnaby Minor this evening and NSWC will also leave for Medicine Hat afterwards.
**The AMBHL will see just one contest this week as St. Albert head to Edmonton CAC. There are a few games over the weekend with the 6 teams who aren't headed to any of the two major tournaments.
**For today's good read, I would like to direct you to the Edmonton Journal who has an article on a player who is quickly becoming the next "big thing"! Tyler Benson certainly has drawn a lot of attention and should continue to as long as he continues his record breaking pace. You can read the rest of the article here: http://www2.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/sports/story.html?id=94e13124-1e81-45e4-9641-3236b53f2bc3
Stay tuned for Updates starting on Thursday on both the Calgary and Medicine Hat tournaments. Not too sure exactly where we will be yet and when but follow on twitter for the quickest updates.