Jr. Ducks Pee Wees make the most of their two weeks in Quebec
While the 2005 Jr. Ducks fared well in their tournament games, going 2-1 in the Pee Wee AAA Division with only a 2-0 loss to the Buffalo Jr. Sabres, the experience was so much more last month.
“What an experience for the kids,” said Jr. Ducks coach Sandy Gasseau. “The new Videotron Center is a beautiful facility, and this is an amazing, amazing tournament.
“All of the players were billeted and got to learn about a different culture and language. Families billet more than 50 of the 120 teams, and a lot of those families take two weeks off to do it.
“Talk about a love of the game. Our billet captain, Gil Lamoureux, has been doing it for 18 years, and he told me he couldn’t wait for next year’s tournament.”
The Jr. Ducks outscored their opponents 11-3 in their tournament games, beating Detroit Compuware 7-1 and the Boston Jr. Terriers 4-0 before the loss to Buffalo.
“We did really well,” Gasseau said. “At times during the tournament, the goals were pouring in, and at other times they weren’t.”
The players also played several exhibition games against teams from the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Montreal, Quebec City, Ontario and New York. In between there were plenty of activities, from visiting a snow park to dog sledding.
Jr. Ducks skaters in Quebec included Joshua Armbruster, Zeev Bulum, Francois Devilliers, Weichen Ding, Talen Garcia, Christian Kim, Philippe LaLonde, Lukas McCloskey-Meier, Mason Miller, Avry Shaw, Ethan Woolcott, Jason Zaccari, Zack Zhang and Nikita Zozulia. The team’s goalies are Miles Roberts and Sky Willer.
Patrick Angeles assisted Gasseau, and Janine Ghantous managed the team.
— Chris Bayee
(March 23, 2018)