For a 47th year, Alma will vibrate to the rhythm of the provincial Tournament hockey midget Alma, next week, from 16 to 20 January. Even if the participation is slightly less than in recent years, no fewer than 34 teams will be divided in classes AA, BB and juvenile division 1.
The organizing committee has unveiled key details surrounding the next edition, Tuesday morning, at the pavillon Wilbrod-Dufour. The president Yannick Tremblay explained that six teams have had to cancel their participation in the tournament due to a lack of accommodation in the region. According to Mr. Tremblay, this situation has been caused by the conduct of the Tournament provincial de hockey pee-wee de Jonquière at the same time, this has created a bottleneck in the hotels of the region.
The presentation of a hockey tournament in juvenile division 1 in the region of Montreal, next week, is another reason which explains the absence of some formations.
“We had teams, and when it came time to book the hotels, it was sold out everywhere, noted by Yannick Tremblay. It makes it so that there is no tournament at the end of the week, but there are two important next week. I wonder why there has not been consulted. It is in the region, we are working for the economy, for the hotels, and we find ourselves at the same time. I have a bit of trouble understanding this schedule change on their part. “
On the side of the organization of the Tournament provincial de hockey pee-wee de Jonquière, we said sorry for the inconveniences caused by the timetable. However, the chairman Hervé Berghella said that the tradition had been maintained, that is to say that the tournament pee-wee always begins the Monday following the second Sunday of January.
“These are decisions that are taken with our people, the registrar and representatives of Hockey Quebec, has put it in context. We are sorry for this situation, but for us, we just kept our tradition on the calendar. I understand that the hotel offer can sometimes be limited, but this was certainly not our intention to hurt any other event. “
The caliber will still be noted with the presence of the best teams in Québec in the three classes. You will find 11 teams in the AA, of which 14 are in the BB and nine in the juvenile division 1.
“In class AA, four of the seven best teams in Quebec are listed, stressed Yannick Tremblay. In the juvenile, it is an opportunity to find training a little everywhere in Quebec, and it is here that the teams come to compete. “
The action will be launched on Wednesday 16 January with the presentation of three meetings. The duel midget BB between the Saguenéens of Chicoutimi and Beavers from Dolbeau-Mistassini to launch the ball, followed by the confrontation expected in the juvenile division 1 between the Lynx pavillon Wilbrod-Dufour and Mustangs of the Oyssée Dominique-Root. The Marquis de Jonquière and the Marco’s Pub in Saint-Félicien, quebec will complete the first night in a duel in the midget BB.
The meetings of quarter-finals will be played on Saturday evening in the semi-finals will be played Sunday morning, and the finals will be presented from 15: 30.
For this 47th edition, the honorary presidency of the provincial Tournament midget Alma has been entrusted to Jorys Lesage, bakery Lesage.
QUÉBEC ISSIME JOINS THE PARTY
The spectators who will attend the opening night of the Tournament provincial midget Alma will be spoiled with the presentation of a show of the troop Québec Issime.
A dozen singers and dancers will give a performance on the ice, le centre Mario-Tremblay, on Thursday evening. Singer and director of vocal Québec Issime, Jason Hudon agreed that the challenge was real to adapt the show, normally presented in cinemas. This time, the artistic use will be on a surface of ice hockey, on which mats of cheerleading will be installed.
“We’re working on a number offering music from years 2000 to 2010, very animated and very colorful, has announced Jason Hudon. We really look forward, especially as it is a great challenge for us to adapt the show, considering that we’re not going to have inputs and outputs on stage for our artists. That is really the only time to witness this kind of performance, and the spectators are going to be pampered. “
Among other activities, the living City of Alma will return to allow parents of players to gather after games. The cheerleading team of the pavillon Wilbrod-Dufour will offer a performance on Friday evening, and the traditional day for families will be back on Saturday with entertainment, clowns, mascots and face painting.