The 33rd Annual Kamloops International Bantam Ice Hockey Tournament

By Glen Crichton

The most prestigious Bantam Hockey tournament in North America
gets underway in beautiful Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada,
starting on Wednesday, April 11/2001 and running through until
Monday, April 16/2001. Defending tourney champs Detroit Honeybaked
Hams return to defend their title and after a one year absence the
1999 tourney champs, the St.Louis Amateur Blues return and will
likely be one of the favorites if not one of the most watched teams
as they boast the son of former NHL’er Peter Stastny.

This tournament which started in 1967, has been a fixture for
bantam teams from all over North America and Europe, however while
it’s been a few years since any European entries have come to the
tournament, the United States is well represented again with four
teams including the St.Louis Amateur Blues, Detroit Honeybaked,
Detroit Compuware and the Michigan Ice Dogs. St.Louis, Honeybaked and
Compuware have all won titles here in the past and should be strong
while the ice Dogs make their first appearance.

A long list of National Hockey League talent has played on the
ice in Kamloops during this tourney including Mario Lemieux, Vincent
Lecavalier, David Legwand, Scott Hannan, Andrew Ference, Dimitri
Nabakov, Darcy Tucker, Mark Recchi, Brendan Morrison, Tyson Nash,
Mike Peca, Adam Foote, Keith Primeau, Daryl Sydor, Rod Brind’Amour,
Mike Modano, Joe Sakic, Jimmy Carson, Tony Twist, Murray Baron, Cliff
Ronning and many others, the list is overwhelming as is the quality
of hockey played during the sixty round robin games and ten playoff
games in the four arenas scattered around city of Kamloops (pop.
approx. 85000).

Opening ceremonies and final games are played in the comfortable
confines of Sport Mart Place (formerly Riverside Coliseum), which
seats 5,000. The three other arenas used are Memorial, Sport Center
and the Brock Recreation Center. Parents of players should be
reminded to bring their golf clubs as there are four good golf
courses all within a twenty minute drive of downtown and the weather
is generally mild (10-20C) during the playing of the tournament,
though I’m not guaranteeing it.

Throughout the tournament I’ll give daily reports on teams and
the scores for games played that day. Starting on Friday I’ll begin
posting player profiles and although I’d like to see every team and
do profiles on every player I can’t. I only do profiles on players
that I can see at least twice, preferably three times and I can only
watch a few players per team, per game, so please understand I try to
do as much as I can, but I’m only one person. You may agree or
disagree with my assessments and if you have any questions regarding
the tournament action or players please feel free to e-mail me by
clicking on my name.