Sixty-eight teams from Alaska, Arizona, Colorado and Southern California, as well as British Columbia and Ontario, Canada, competed in this year’s Los Angeles Jr. Kings-hosted Thanksgiving Weekend Extravaganza Tournament, which was showcased from Nov. 28-Dec. 1 at four Southern California rinks.
Champions were crowned 11 divisions: 16U AA (Jr. Kings); 14U A (Gold Rush Hockey Club-Naglie); 12U AAA (Jr. Kings), AA Elite (Ice Dogs Hockey Club), AA (Ice Dogs) and A (California Heat); 10U A (North Shore Winter Club) and BB (Gold Rush-Pierce); and 8U A-Gretzky (Gold Rush-Ellis 1) and -Robitaille (Gold Rush-Ellis 2) and B (Anaheim Jr. Ducks).
“We can’t thank all of the participating clubs enough for helping deliver what proved to be a great weekend of hockey to ring in the holiday season,” said tournament director Brian McDonough. “There was so much spirited competition in every division, and the camaraderie and sportsmanship displayed amongst all of the players, coaches, team managers and families was second to none.
“We're also lucky enough to get such great support from both our terrific team of volunteers and the staffs at Toyota Sports Performance Center, East West Ice Palace, KHS Ice Arena and LA Kings Ice at Pickwick Gardens who help events like this hit on all cylinders."
Division champions were awarded a banner, and all players on the championship teams received medals. Players on the runner-up teams in each division also received medals.
Kings Cove and Grimaldi's Pizzeria served as restaurant partners for the event, and PSE Event Housing successfully coordinated all hotel accommodations for out-of-town teams visiting over the weekend. Ultimate Skate and Hockey assisted with all equipment needs for the participating players.
All 16U AA through 10U BB games played at TSPC were streamed live via the Internet through LiveBarn.com.
The Thanksgiving Weekend Extravaganza is part of the Jr. Kings’ Tinseltown Tournament Series. Pre-registration is now open for the Series’ remaining four events of the 2019-20 season: the Holiday Showdown (Dec. 27-30); MLK Crazy 8 Jamboree (Jan. 18-20, 2020); Presidents’ Day Challenge (Feb. 14-17, 2020); and Carmen Starr Memorial Day Classic (May 22-25, 2020).
For more information and to pre-register for any or all of the events, visit JrKingsHockey.com.