Years ago you had to wean your way into the Q or get invited. It was difficult to get in. Now you can cut a check and your in no matter your reecord. If you can’t see the difference then I can’t help you. It’s a fun tournament now to get tourists up to the frozen tundra of Quebec in February. Great for local economy there but let’s not kid ourselves and say it’s still prestigious because it’s not. Anyone willing to pay can play.
Say what you will but the teams that go- draw the best players in the area to play on THAT team... so whether you buy a bid or not- you will draw the best talent for that age group to your team. PERIOD.
The Q is purely money driven now. Teams buy their way in (notice the lack of any good Canadian teams). Hotels/restaurants make huge money as well as hockey tournament staff. They milk the tournament along so teams have days off in between games and you can end up staying over 10-12 days if you make a long run. They schedule it like that so hotels and area makes more money. Its a great way to get tourists to an area where the temperature averages about 8 degrees as a high during that time of year.
23 of the 30 teams are US teams in the AAA elite division. Almost all other divisions are heavily dominated by Canadian teams.
Think everyone agrees ALL tournaments are money grabs ...this one just attracts the most teams so it a little
more special and meaningful and still considered the SB for PeeWee Majors. Like it or not it’s reality.
Still waiting to hear what you consider “the great” hockey tournaments for this age group... crickets crickets
My kid plays for a team that will probably make the Q in a few years out of the EHF and I am already dreading it. 2 weeks in Quebec when my kid is in 7th grade is not what I want out of youth hockey. I'd rather just do Toronto in November when I can actually go outside. When you have 2 kids on different year teams, these tournaments can be a total pain unless both teams are going.
Also, question, what is New England Prospects?
Tournaments in general are just money grabs, some are better than others, but Brick and Quebec have become the creme de la creme of stealing money. The fact that no top Toronto teams come to Quebec is a shame, but atleast you get the European teams which tend to be very good.
Bauer in Chicago still a thing? Once it was a big deal, not sure anymore
Laughed at “my kid plays for a team that will probably make the Q in a few years”.
Unfortunately Toronto teams don't go because of conflict many years ago among leagues and they remain unwelcome. Bulk of the event is during Mass school break this year. Most orgs pick up a lot of the cost and you can drive so huge money event argument does not really hold water. If I can pull my son from school for a day to go to Chicago, Detroit or Buffalo I sure can go two days for the Q. Watered or not still the premier youth event, and great location.
Correct, BJE will never play BA again because it is not worth the BJE $5K fine and coach suspension to lose to BA. I am worried about BA taking the Q 'ship home with them. A team full of energetic players. All buy into the system and that team will beat IHC and their two superstars in Quebec provided the BA goalie is on top of his game. And my kid is on an EHF team. Where is Tonya Harding when we need her????
Then Don't go!
Funny, none of you have commented on any of the story lines the OP had...