The St. Michael’s College School (SMCS) arena will once again be buzzing with activity this week as the school is set to host the annual Jr. Double Blues Hockey Tournament from January 14-16.
“We pride ourselves in hosting a very competitive tournament that has consistently attracted some of the best teams in the GTA,” says David Lee ’94, Vice Principal and coach of the SMCS Jr. Double Blues Hockey team. “It’s a great mid-season test for our team in front of an always energetic home crowd of student support.”
This year’s tournament will feature a total of eight teams split between two divisions. Round-robin play will be spread over two days, January 14-15, with each team guaranteed three games.
Sandwiched in-between each of the round-robin games is the always popular skills competition where representatives from each team are selected to compete in a most accurate shot and breakaway competition.
The top two teams in each division will return to compete in the championship semi-finals and final on January 16.
“It is such an honour representing St. Michael's College School and playing hockey with your classmates,” says Cuan Doig, Grade 10 student and current forward on the SMCS Jr. Double Blues hockey team. “We look forward to the junior invitational as fans in earlier years and now having the opportunity to play in our arena in front of the school is a highlight in my hockey career.”
FIVE FAST FACTS
- This tournament is now in its 34th year and is currently the longest-running hockey tournament at SMCS
- Two new teams have been invited this year: St. Maximilian Kolbe from Aurora and St. Marcellinus from Mississauga
- SMCS has won the tournament 14 times
- Recent World Junior gold medal champions and former SMCS students Akil Thomas and Jamie Drysdale, have competed in the tournament
- Notable SMCS alumni who played in the tournament that are now playing in the NHL include: Andrew Cogliano (Dallas), Tyler Seguin (Dallas), Adam Pelech (New York Islanders)
Click here to see the schedule for the 34th Annual SMCS Jr. Double Blues Hockey Tournament.