Regina, Saskatchewan – Queen City Sports & Entertainment Group (QCSEG) through the Regina Pats have acquired the rights to select Team Saskatchewan for the annual Brick Invitational Hockey Tournament (BIHT).
The BIHT is a unique international tournament geared to players in the super novice category; nine and ten years old. It features teams from across North America and is played at the West Edmonton Mall’s hockey rink in Edmonton, Alberta.
“Our organization is committed to the development of hockey players at all levels throughout Saskatchewan,” said Regina Pats Governor Anthony Marquart. “The Brick is one of the preeminent hockey tournaments in North America and the calibre of competition is second to none. Saskatchewan is a hotbed of hockey talent and this event is a great place to showcase the next generation of stars.”
2016 will mark the 27th year for the BIHT which is a world renowned summer tournament that runs from July 4-10 and is the creation of Brick Furniture Warehouse owner Bill Comrie. This past summer the Team Saskatchewan Junior Pats battled their way to the final, losing in a hard fought game to the Toronto Bulldogs 4-2. Team Saskatchewan has made it to the final three times in the past six years.
Alumni of the tournament include current NHL stars P.K. Subban, Steven Stamkos, Tyler Seguin and Pats alumni Jordan Eberle to name a few. As well, current Regina Pat Sam Steel is an alumni of the Brick.
“There will be a formal process for selecting the team that will be announced in the coming weeks,” said Marquart. “We are looking for the best players Saskatchewan has to offer and as such our search will be provincial in scope.
Junior Pats Manager Chad Lang will oversee the Team Saskatchewan BITH program on behalf of the Regina Pats. In addition, Todd Ripplinger remains with the program as a Director and tournament liaison.
About the Regina Pats
Named for the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, the Western Hockey League’s Regina Pats are the oldest major junior hockey franchise in the world operating from its original location. Since their founding in 1917, the Pats have won three Memorial Cup championships and compete in the WHL’s Eastern Division. To learn more about the Pats, call 306-337-1535 or visit www.reginapats.com.