Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 06:00 am
The opening face-off at the John Reid Memorial Tournament goes 8 a.m. Thursday at Servus Credit Union Place.
The 16-team, 42-game schedule at the 36th annual St. Albert bantam AAA invitational tournament consists of four divisions split into two conferences to determine the playoff pairings in the A, B and C brackets.
Thursday’s opening ceremonies start at 7 p.m. at Northstar Hyundai Arena and the winner of the sixth annual $1,000 John Reid Memorial Scholarship will be announced.
The A semifinals are Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Northstar Hyundai Arena and 1:45 p.m. at Mark Messier Arena.
The championship game is Sunday at 2 p.m. at Northstar Hyundai Arena.
The 1983 Territorial Leasing Sabres are the only St. Albert team to win the tournament.
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Thursday in the John Reid Conference the host St. Albert Gregg Distributors Sabres compete in the Hoof & Nail Farrier Supplies Ltd. division against the Winnipeg Monarchs at 11 a.m. and HC Kometa Brno of the Czech Republic, the first European team in tournament history, at 8 p.m. The last game for the Sabres before the playoffs is Friday against the Okanagan Hockey Academy of Penticton at 2:15 p.m. All three games are at Northstar Hyundai Arena.
The Skybox Grill division includes the Phoenix Jr. Coyotes, Burnaby Winter Club Bruins, Lloydminster Heat and Calgary Flames.
In the Jarome Iginla conference the SVS Group LLP division is comprised of the Dallas Stars Elite, Pursuit of Excellence Academy of Kelowna, SSAC Southgate Lions and Calgary Bisons.
The C2 Homes Ltd division features the Los Angeles Jr. Kings, Spruce Grove PAC Saints, Notre Dame Hounds and the 2013 champion North Shore Winter Club Hawks.
A four-day pass is $40 for adults ($30 with no program) and $25 for students and seniors ($18 with no program).
Daily admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Children 10 and under get in free. There is no charge for Raiders Hockey Club and St. Albert Minor Hockey Association players wearing their team jackets.
The highlight of Saturday’s tournament banquet, starting at 6 p.m. at the Ramada Conference Centre Ballroom, is the presentation of the John Reid Memorial Award for heart and hustle to a Sabres player.
The tournament was renamed in Reid’s memory in 2004.
The MVP award winners and all-star team selections will also be announced.