September Tourney Slate Continues This Weekend
Labor Day Weekend has come and gone, but that wasn’t the end of the big September weekend tournaments.
The big-time events continue this weekend as Canada gets into the act with a huge U18 girls tourney that features top programs from both sides of the border, one of the biggest early season Tier 2 boys tournaments is being held in Michigan and one of the top Tier 1 boys leagues in the United States hosts its first showcase weekend.
Sixty-four girls teams, including many of the top 16 and 18U programs in the U.S. and Canada, have traveled to Ontario for the Stoney Creey Sabres 18U Showcase. Another 124 mostly AA boys teams from both countries are participating across nine age groups in the Michigan CCM Classic at 10 rinks around the state. And in Rhode Island, one of the top AAA leagues in the U.S., the Northeast Pack, is holding its first weekend showcase of the season.
The vast majority of the rinks hosting tournament games for all three of these events have LiveBarn feeds, so most of the action should be available for live and on-demand viewing. Simply cross-reference the schedule of the tournament you are interested in with a LiveBarn venue search to determine if a game you want to watch might be available.
All three events get started on Friday and run through Sunday.
Stoney Creek 18U Showcase
Featuring an abundance of the traditional 18U and 16U powerhouse programs from both the U.S. and Canada, the annual Stoney Creek 18U Showcase is being held at Gateway Arena and Mohawk 4 Ice Arena in Hamilton, Ontario. The tournament features 64 teams competing in 164 games.
Some of the top United States Tier 1 programs represented include Honeybaked, Philadelphia Jr. Flyers, Team Illinois, Belle Tire, Chicago Mission, Windy City Storm, Pittsburgh Penguins Elite, Bishop Kearney Selects and Little Caesars.
Traditionally strong Canadian AA programs participating include the Peterborough Ice Kats, Stoney Creek Sabres, London Devilettes, Barrie Sharks, North York Storm, Toronto Leaside Wildcats, Burlington Barracudas, Etobicoke Dolphins, Oakville Hornets, St. Albert Slash, Fraser Valley Rush, Durham West Lightning and Mississauga Jr. Hurricanes.
Stoney Creek 18U Showcase Schedule:
CCM Michigan Classic
There are 86 boys teams competing in the 14U through 18U age groups at the CCM Michigan Classic along with an additional 38 in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 divisions. They are playing a total of 275 games over the weekend in an event that is comprised mostly of AA teams from the United States along with a few high-school teams.
The CCM Michigan Classic is being held at 10 venues all over the state. Games are being played in Grand Rapids, East Lansing, Hudsonville, Byron, Kalamazoo, Holland and Brighton. At least eight of those rinks have LiveBarn feeds.
Tier 2 programs competing whose AA teams often are found near the top of the U.S. national rankings or compete for berths at USA Hockey Nationals include the Chicago Jets, St. Louis Eagles, Chicago Hawks, Saint Clair Shores Saints, Naperville Sabres, Chicago Bulldogs, Chicago Blues, Oakland Jr. Grizzlies and Ashburn Xtreme.
CCM Michigan Classic Schedule:
Northeast Pack League Showcase
One of the premier Tier 1 boys leagues in the U.S. begins its 2023-24 season Friday, with 10 teams competing over three days in Rhode Island at Adelard Arena in Woonsocket and Smithfield Municipal Ice Rink. Both rinks have LiveBarn, and all games featuring Mount St. Charles can be seen on the Fans Only Sports Network.
The Northeast Pack began play in 2019. It is a compilation of prominent youth hockey organizations that share a vision for player-focused development. It is a Northeast-based league that features five AAA programs that traditionally compete for top national rankings and USA Hockey National Championships.
This weekend’s initial event features the league’s 16U and 18U teams: the Long Island Gulls, Mount St. Charles, New Jersey Rockets, Pittsburgh Penguins Elite and Bishop Kearney Selects.
Northeast Pack Showcase Schedule: