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On Tap: John Reid Memorial Tournament info

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SUPPORTING THE SABRES – A crowd of school kids joined the scouts to watch the St. Albert Gregg Distributors Sabres play their first game at last year's John Reid Memorial Tournament. Organizers are expecting approximately 1,200 students will attend Thursday's 10:45 a.m. game between the Sabres and Balgonie (Sask.) Prairie Storm at Go Auto Arena to kick off the 42nd annual St. Albert bantam AAA tournament. DAN RIEDLHUBER/St. Albert Gazette

Reid tournament

The first of 42 games at the John Reid Memorial Tournament starts 8 a.m. Thursday at Servus Credit Union Place.

The 42nd annual St. Albert bantam AAA invitational, hosted by the St. Albert Raiders Hockey Club and the tournament’s organizing committee, showcases the top 2005- and 2006-born players on 16 elite-level teams in western North America.

Teams are slotted into four divisions divided into two pools to determine the playoff pairings in the A, B and C brackets.

Highlighting the opening ceremony at 7:15 p.m. Thursday at Go Auto Arena is the presentation of the 12th annual $1,000 John Reid Memorial Scholarship.

Saturday’s A semifinals are 1:45 p.m. at Mark Messier Arena and 2 p.m. at Go Auto Arena.

Sunday’s championship final is 2 p.m. at Go Auto Arena.

The 1983 Territorial Leasing Sabres are the only St. Albert team to win the tournament.

Visit for the schedule and results.

John Reid pool

The Skybox Grill division features the St. Albert Gregg Distributors Sabres, Balgonie (Sask.) Prairie Storm, Los Angeles Jr. Kings and St. George’s Saints of Vancouver.

The Popowich Orthodontics division includes the 2019 champion Delta Wild Academy Green, Calgary Flames, Greater Vancouver Canadians and Lloydminster Bobcats.

Jarome Iginla pool

The C2 Homes division is comprised of the Red Deer Rebels, Okanagan Rockets, SSAC Lions and Yale Hockey Academy Lions of Abbotsford.

The RE/MAX-Brian Cyr division teams are the Calgary Bisons, Leduc Oil Kings, West Van Academy Warriors and Okanagan Hockey Academy of Edmonton.

Ticket prices

A four-day pass is $40 for adults ($30 with no program) and $25 for students and seniors ($18 with no program).

Daily admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Youths 10 and under get in free. There is no charge for St. Albert Raiders Hockey Club and St. Albert Minor Hockey Association players wearing their team jackets.

Awards banquet

The John Reid Memorial Award for heart and hustle will be presented to a Sabre at Saturday’s tournament banquet and the event starts at 6 p.m. at the Edmonton Inn & Conference Centre Ballroom.

The tournament was renamed in Reid’s memory in 2004.

The MVP award winners and all-star team selections will also be announced.

The guest speaker is Shawn Belle, a former Western Hockey League and National League player who coaches the OHA Edmonton Elite 15 team.

Jeff Hansen

About the Author: Jeff Hansen

Jeff Hansen joined the St. Albert Gazette in 1991. He writes about sports, athletes and teams from St. Albert and area.
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