-- Article courtesy of Youth1.com
This past weekend 6 of the best Peewee Major teams in North America descended upon Northern NJ to play in the 206 MKL Showcase Tournament. The USA’s #1 NJ Colonials, #3 Boston Junior Eagles, #4 LA Junior Kings, #6 Pittsburg Penguins Elite as well as Canada’s #2 Toronto Marlies and #17 Markham Waxers rounded out the field. Games would primarily take place at Mennen Arena in Morristown, NJ; some overflow games would take place at Twin Oaks arena in Morristown, NJ as well as Clary Anderson Arena in Montclair, NJ. Each team played all of the other teams in a 5 game round robin tournament. On Sunday afternoon the teams were separated into a 5th, 3rd and Championship game.
The showcase started out Thursday night with an exhibition game between the NJ Colonials and the LA JR Kings. The Kings would come away with the exhibition game victory 5-4. The games that counted started Friday and as the schedule worked out, all of the games were on Mennen rink 3, enabling all of the teams to check out the other teams that they would be playing on the weekend. There’s no doubt that after this past weekend the NJ Colonials should remain #1 in the USA for the 2006 birth year.
I was able to catch up with the NJ Colonials Tier 1 Director Bill McCreary to give us a feel for the tournament.
"This was a truly unique event in the fact that you had some of the top teams from the United States and Canada. The games were highly competitive, fast paced and ended in dramatic fashion. The Marquee matchup was NJC vs Toronto Marlies, #1 in the U.S. vs #2 in Canada, respectively. The game did not disappoint with a high scoring affair that saw the Colonials earning a 6-3 victory.
With a tournament loaded with top end teams, you have to be ready to compete at the highest of your ability every shift. It was an exciting weekend because one mistake, it ends up in your net. With so many talented players and well coached hockey clubs, there were plays being made all over the ice, and at a pace that would impress anyone who was watching.
There was a highly electric atmosphere in the building. Anyone in attendance witnessed games being won in Overtime, Shootouts and even dramatic 3rd period buzzer beaters, it was hard to sit down. The pace of the games and the passion the kids played with was certainly exciting to be a part of.
I couldn’t be more proud of our New Jersey Colonials players, coaches, and parents for a fabulous weekend of hockey and we look forward to building on the event for next season. Thanks to everyone who participated and helped make this a remarkable event."