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Pee wees' giant opportunity

It's been 15 years since a Kelowna Minor Hockey team has been invited to participate in the Quebec International Pee Wee Tournament.

The Quebec tourney is to pee wee hockey what the Mac's tournament is to midget hockey.

The Kelowna Pee Wee Tier 1 Rockets were sent an invitation in November based on their season to that point.

Byron Ritchie, who played with four teams in the NHL, including Vancouver and Calgary, is coaching this year's team.

He said it's both an honour, and a great opportunity.

"This tournament could be the pinnacle for a lot of the kids," said Ritchie.

"We have a lot of really good players, and talented players that may go on to play hockey in the future at higher levels. But, even then, this tournament will be a memory forever.

"We are going there for the hockey tournament, but there's much more for the boys to experience."

Such as the Quebec Winter Carnival, which will be on at the same time.

"It's a big chance to meet a lot of people from all over the world, and play people from all over the world," said goaltender Dylan Adams.

The team will head to Quebec City with an impressive 37-4-2-1 record. They play the Adirondack Jr. Wings in their opening game Saturday, Feb. 16.



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