Forty-one teams from Northern and Southern California, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado and Utah, as well as British Columbia, competed in this year’s Los Angeles Jr. Kings-hosted Presidents’ Day Challenge Tournament, which was showcased from Feb. 14–17 at three Southern California rinks.
Champions were crowned in seven divisions: 14U AA (Valencia Jr. Flyers); 12U AA Elite (Jr. Kings), AA (Ontario Jr. Reign) and A (Jr. Kings); 10U A (San Diego Jr. Gulls); 8U A (Jr. Flyers) and B (Jr. Gulls).
“We can’t thank all of the participating clubs enough for helping deliver what proved to be a great weekend of hockey,” said tournament director Brian McDonough. “There was so much spirited competition in every division, and the camaraderie and sportsmanship displayed by 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 TSPC, Lakewood ICE and East West Ice Palace 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.
Tournament vendors included Northwest Designs of California, Origami Owl, Custom Sports Banner, Epic Auction Events, Nashti Sports and Score Custom Engraving. McDonald’s and Keck Medicine of USC were also on-site greeting patrons over the weekend.
Kings Cove, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Rock & Brews and Tin Roof Bistro 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. Located inside TSPC, Ultimate Skate & Hockey assisted with all equipment servicing needs.
All 14U AA through 10U A games played at TSPC were streamed live via the Internet through LiveBarn.com.
The Presidents’ Day Challenge is part of the Jr. Kings’ Tinseltown Tournament Series. Registration is now open for the Series’ final event of the 2019-20 season: the Carmen Starr Memorial Day Classic (May 22-25). For more information and to register, visit JrKingsHockey.com.