“Some of my fondest hockey moments were playing with my buddies from Little Falls,” Calgary Flames prospect Ben Hanowski said in an edition of Minnesota Hockey Journal. “We talk about the old times playing together back in high school and back to Peewees, and there are a lot of good stories and memories of playing with the same group of guys for 10 years of your life. It creates a lot of special memories. You can’t get that anywhere else."
You can bet quite a few of those special memories came from playing in tournaments. Whether it is a holiday invitational or the drive for the state championship, youth players love tournaments. Few can blame them. Combining 3-5 games over a weekend, a road trip with best friends, floor hockey in the hallway, the hours in between games playing in the pool or hot tub and the chance to bring home some hardware, put tournaments at the top of hockey players’ wish lists.