AAA Teams Win Big at AAA Invitational

AAA Teams Win Big at AAA Invitational

Detroit, MI – October 22, 2012

Few competitive youth hockey tournaments get any better than the Warrior AAA Invitational. Two hundred ninety elite teams met in Detroit, Michigan to compete at the highest level in amateur youth hockey.

The Los Angeles Jr. Kings showed elite form with their Peewee AAA (2000s) and Bantam AAA (1999s) teams this past weekend. Ranked this week as #2 and #4 in their respective birth years by myhockeyrankings.com, each team reached a championship final game in their respective divisions.

The Peewee AAA team, coached by Jeff Turcotte, battled through competition as the only undefeated team in all six games of the 2000 division to defeat the Honeybaked Peewees in the championship game by a score of 4-0.

The Jr. King Peewees closed their first game out with the Chicago Fury by a score of 6-2.  They next met a very strong team;Ontario, Canada’s London Jr. Knights which ended in a 1-1 tie. Game three in round robin play saw the Jr. Kings defeat the Redford Kings 6-1 and move into the Quarterfinals where they edged the Long Island Royals out of New York state by a score of 4-3. In the semi-finals, the Jr. Kings squad met up with the perennial powerhouse Toronto Young Nationals and once again finished on top with a 4-3 outcome. In the championship game, it was a two American team final with the Jr. Kings taking the crown as the Warrior AAA Champions.

Coach Jeff Turcotte was extremely happy with the compete level of his team. “It was nice to meet up with Honeybaked once again. They beat us 1-0 in Toronto at the beginning of the season and our players were motivated to compete against them again.”

The Los Angeles Jr. Kings Peewee AAA roster consists of: Benjamin Becker, Jackson Wozniak, Duke Fishman, Ty Eastman, Blake McDonald, Aidan Metcalfe, Tanner Turcotte, Junior Delgado, Jacob Iida, Henri Schreifels, Andrew DeCarlo, Matias Sholl, Brett MacNicoll, Tanner Ensign, Noah Kim, Jin Lee, Nick Castro

Across town, the Jr. Kings Bantam AAA (’99)  team was lacing up for their bracket.  The team made a 6-1 run at the Warrior Invitational, having their status propelled from a #14 ranking to #4 on myhockeyrankings.com.

The Bantam AAA team, coached by Shawn Pitcher started off strong by defeating Ontario, Canada’s Mississauga Rebels 5-1. Game 2 was a meet up with #2 ranked Belle Tire which ended in a 7-3 loss against a powerhouse team. The next day saw the 99s regain composure to defeat Illinois’ Chicago Young Americans 4-1. Finishing in second place in their round robin bracket behind Belle Tire, the Jr. Kings moved to the second tier of Quarter Finals where they met another Canadian AAA team in the Brampton 45s, the final tally ending up as a 5-2 victory. As the now first seed semi-finalist, game 5 had the Jr. Kings 99s face yet another Canadian team, the Nickel City Sons who defeated #7 ranked St. Louis Blues to advance. At the final buzzer, the Jr. Kings emerged with a 5-2 win and the berth into the Consolation Championship game against Detroit’s Victory Honda team where they blanked the hometown team, 5-0.

Said Head Coach Shawn Pitcher, “The most remarkable aspect of this week was our players discovered who they were. This was our first tournament outing of the season to step onto a big stage to play the best teams in North America. We stumbled against Belle Tire but our kids came back the next day with a competitive attitude and worked their way to a strong in the second seed Championship. I liked seeing that “never give up” attitude.”

The Jr. Kings Bantam AAA 99s roster consists of: Cayla Barnes, Jordan Bonner, Michael Boutossov, Justin Ferrall, Nathan Gallo, Niko Grollman, Cole Guttman, Cooper Haar, Cameron Hausinger, Griffin King, Brandon McDonald, Brannon McManus, Luke Ormsby, Nico Rubino, Jack St. Ivany, Lukas Uhler, and Lucas Yovetich.

The Jr. Kings Tier 1 program plays out of the LA Kings’ Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo and Glacial Gardens in Lakewood, California. Both teams are off to Chicago in early November to compete in the Bauer World Invite.