The general manager of the Tournoi international de hockey pee-wee de Québec, Patrick Dom, multiplied the acrobatics to hold his event next May.
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On several occasions, the organization of the Tournament thought of abandoning everything in order to concentrate on the 2023 edition. Despite the many unforeseen events, the event will indeed take place from 1er May 15 in what will be, hopes the general manager Patrick Dom, the last tournament presented at this time of the year.
Dom also admitted it yesterday, at a press conference: he had not expected that a postponement in May would entail so much gymnastics.
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First of all, the organization had to build a schedule taking into consideration the fact that the Quebec Remparts will start their playoffs, at home, from May 5 and that two shows are scheduled at the Videotron Center during the Tournament, either those of Imagine Dragons on 1er as well as Avril Lavigne on the 6th.
All this, not to mention the many changes in sanitary measures in recent months that kept the organization in uncertainty until the last minute, as well as the difficulty in finding hours of ice in May.
“What we had expected was not the worst. What hurt the most was what we didn’t plan for, Dom explained. We never came close to canceling, but it often happened that we wondered what we were doing there. […] One thing is certain, I am now champion of Tetris. We passed a large six-inch cube through a small two-inch circle.
For the young
In the end, the organization managed to find the best of compromises. The Tournament will be separated into two distinct blocks. The first week, from 1er to May 8, will be reserved for the AA-Elite, AA and A categories, while the second will bring together the AAA, BB and school classes.
Even if they have experienced several pitfalls, Patrick Dom does not regret having worked so that the event is not canceled for a second consecutive year.
“When we decided at the beginning of January to put it back in May, if you knew the number of calls and emails we received from people who said to us: “thank you so much for putting it back”, explained Dom before to take a break, her voice choking with emotion. You see what it does to me. It is work that we have done which is reflected in these young people. When we said that we wanted to shoot, that’s what made us continue.
Not afraid of another wave
Now that his tournament is on the calendar, that all the details are settled and that the 130 teams have confirmed their presence, it would take a lot for the tournament not to take place, assures Patrick Dom, who does not fear a sixth wave of COVID-19.
“I don’t want to go too far, but according to the meetings I’ve had with Public Health, it’s clear that the tournament is going to take place. It doesn’t worry me or anyone in the office. We are moving forward.”
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When the Tournoi international de hockey pee-wee de Québec opens on May 1, 798 will have passed since the last champions were crowned there, in February 2020.