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Champions crowned at Presidents' Day Challenge

By Brian McDonough, 02/19/19, 10:45AM PST


Thirty teams from Northern and Southern California, Alaska, Colorado, Utah, Washington, Alberta and British Columbia competed in this year's Los Angeles Jr. Kings-hosted Presidents' Day Challenge with champions crowned in five divisions.

Thirty teams from Northern and Southern California, Alaska, Colorado, Utah and Washington, as well as Alberta and British Columbia, competed in this year’s Los Angeles Jr. Kings-hosted Presidents’ Day Challenge Tournament, which was showcased from Feb. 15-19 at three Southern California rinks.

Champions were crowned in five divisions: 14U A (California Wave); 12U AA (Jr. Kings); 12U A (Anaheim Jr. Ducks); 8U B-Gretzky (Ice Dogs Hockey Club) and -Robitaille (Pasadena Maple Leafs).

Games were contested at Toyota Sports Center (El Segundo), East West Ice Palace (Artesia) and The Rinks-Lakewood ICE (Lakewood).

“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 Toyota Sports Center, East West Ice Palace and Lakewood ICE 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 and Custom Sports Banner.

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.

All 14U and 12U games played at Toyota Sports Center were streamed live via the Internet through

The Presidents’ Day Challenge is part of the Jr. Kings’ Tinseltown Tournament Series. Pre-registration is now open for the Series’ final event of the 2018-19 season: the Carmen Starr Memorial Day Classic (May 24-27).

For more information and to pre-register, visit