Annual international midget tourney launches Wednesday

The top 12 midget teams from across Canada will be in Kelowna next week for the 33rd annual Kelowna International Elite Midget Tournament.

There are 12 top midget teams from across Canada in Kelowna this week as the 33rd annual Kelowna International Elite Midget Tournament takes place at Rutland and Memorial Arenas Wednesday through Sunday.

Kelowna’s midget tier 1 team will carry the local hopes into the event against teams from hockey hotbeds like Notre Dame, which will send two teams, along with clubs from Thunder Bay, Swift Current and Wenatchee.

Hockey academies will be well represented as well with teams from the Kelowna-based Pursuit of Excellence, the Okanagan Hockey Academy and the Calgary Edge Academy.

Rounding out the field are Hollyburn, Ridge Meadows and Comox Valley.

As far as the Kelowna Fripp Warehousing Junior Rockets, the team is having an excellent year and brings a solid crew into the tournament.

At 10-2-3, the Jr. Rockets are first place in the OMAHA standings. Overall the team is 24-4-4, out-scoring its opponents 111 to 60.They also had an unbeaten streak that hit 19.

“We’re going into the tournament to win it, just like any other team,” said head coach Eric Blais. “We’re excited to play against this tough competition.”The Kelowna International Midget tournament prides itself on the strength of the teams as well as the tough schedule and the chance for players to be exposed to scouts.

It’s an event that features tough, hard hitting and fast-paced hockey.

“We’re looking forward to another great year,” said Jim Mazzei, tournament media liason.

“These are some of the best midget teams anywhere in the country and the competition will be very stiff,” Mazzei said.

Action begins at the tournament Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Rutland Arena with the Pursuit of Excellence against Hollyburn.

The Kelowna Jr. Rockets open the tournament Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. at Memorial Arena against the Wenatchee Wild Under-18 team.

Games continue through the week with the top four teams playing in semi-final games on Saturday at 5 and 7:30 p.m. at Rutland West.

The championship game is Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at Memorial Arena.

There is more information online at


Just Posted

Boil water notice in effect for Peachland

Interior Health recommends all customers drink boiled water or a safe alternative.

Tax increase proposed to meet Lake Country facility maintenance gap

A draft of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan proposes tax increases

Top 5 places to take your dog in Kelowna

Here are our top five places to take your furry friend

COSAR makes Kelowna Law Day debut

The search and rescue team was on scene as Girl Guides were arrested left and right

Kelowna woman runs to beat hunger

Teri Kanner is collecting donations for the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank

VIDEO: Moose found licking salt off B.C. man’s pickup truck

Tab Baker was in his garage in Prince George when the small moose gave his truck a clean

Half-naked shooter guns down four, runs away in Nashville Waffle House shooting

Nashville police say they are looking for Travis Reinking in connection with the shooting

Child’s body found in river downstream from where boy went missing during flood

Three-year-old Kaden Young was swept out of his mother’s arms in February

West Kelowna Minor Baseball finally sees the light

The local baseball association has stadium lights at its main stadium

B.C. VIEWS: Eliminating efficiency for farm workers

Don’t worry, NDP says, the B.C. economy’s booming

Kamloops RCMP respond to report of dead body floating in Thompson River

Body has not been located, searches to continue as river conditions improve

B.C. student makes short-list for autism advocacy award

Brody Butts honoured for his role as a mentor and self-advocate

Austin Powers ‘Mini-Me’, Verne Troyer, dies at 49

Facebook page confirmed his death Saturday afternoon

Alberta man dead after snowmobile collision on B.C. mountain

The incident occurred on Boulder Mountain Friday morning

Most Read