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12-31-2012, 01:58 PM
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Question for the dedicated hockey parents in this thread.

How do you guys manage to travel so much with your kids playing these tournaments. I am assuming many of them are far from where you live? Are you traveling every weekend? Driving? Flying?

Basically, how do you manage?

I am currently trying to get my son into one of the better hockey programs in my area, but when I start hearing about all the traveling AAA teams do I don't know if I could ever manage if he got into a AAA team.

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Are you looking spring or winter

Spring

Winnipeg Subway from 2004-1999 in 2013
Alberta Champions Cup same age group

The Brick 2013 - for 2003 was good a few years agao. its turned into a Parents with the most money tournament.

New York Big Apple
NAPS Tournament
Challendge Cup -Vancouver,BC

Chicago Baurer has few.

Winter


Super series are great 4 or 5 teams from all over play in a mini round robin.
Nations Cup -2003-1998 lots from the Detroit area.

Quebec Tournament 2013 00-01 year. has one age group best in the world teams from all over the world play in 3 different levels. Mexico has a team, Detroit sends all of there big teams.

Chicago Baurer -October a few different age groups.
Bell Cup in Ottawa -Dec I think last year was 2002-2003 age group.

Medicine Hat - November for Bantams
St Albert- January Bantams

for a fun AA tournament is Whistler in BC in late June and July. 2004-1996 age groups
family vacation plus 2 games a day.

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Question for the dedicated hockey parents in this thread.

How do you guys manage to travel so much with your kids playing these tournaments. I am assuming many of them are far from where you live? Are you traveling every weekend? Driving? Flying?

Basically, how do you manage?

I am currently trying to get my son into one of the better hockey programs in my area, but when I start hearing about all the traveling AAA teams do I don't know if I could ever manage if he got into a AAA team.
Hope that worked out for you and your son.
Maybe you've found this out by now but here's my 2 cents on coping / travel:

- combine forces & share expenses - lots of like-minded folks around
- sacrifices in other areas of life (tough at first)
- make travel trips 'holiday trips' if to a nice location
- if your player is seen as quite talented, competetive programs (spring hockey) will negotiate a better deal - think like an agent!

Great tag-line - came true today, buhbye Fonzie!

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08-23-2013, 02:01 AM
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Are you looking spring or winter

Spring

Winnipeg Subway from 2004-1999 in 2013
Alberta Champions Cup same age group

The Brick 2013 - for 2003 was good a few years agao. its turned into a Parents with the most money tournament.

New York Big Apple
NAPS Tournament
Challendge Cup -Vancouver,BC

Chicago Baurer has few.

Winter


Super series are great 4 or 5 teams from all over play in a mini round robin.
Nations Cup -2003-1998 lots from the Detroit area.

Quebec Tournament 2013 00-01 year. has one age group best in the world teams from all over the world play in 3 different levels. Mexico has a team, Detroit sends all of there big teams.

Chicago Baurer -October a few different age groups.
Bell Cup in Ottawa -Dec I think last year was 2002-2003 age group.

Medicine Hat - November for Bantams
St Albert- January Bantams

for a fun AA tournament is Whistler in BC in late June and July. 2004-1996 age groups
family vacation plus 2 games a day.
Lets expand the thread topic to include tournaments from all over the world and if u could possible rank them in order of the most or whatever u wanna call it prestigous. How about some of these tournaments to- Bell Capital Cup, Kamloops international bantam, Toronto Marlboro's Holiday classic, Tretiak Cup in Russia and Stockholm Cup in sweden

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San Jose/Sharks Ice hosts....

USHL Western Prospects tournament (Labor Day weekend)
Silver Stick tournament (Thanksgiving weekend)


And they've been hosting ACHA, WPHL and girls/women's tournaments galore.

(Off the top of my head)

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SanJoseSharks 12:03pm via HootSuite #USHLWesternShootout returns to San Jose this weekend as @Sharks_Ice hosts elite youth tourney for 2nd straight year. go.sjsharks.com/ojPYS

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Minnesota State High School Hockey tournament AINEC

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Lets expand the thread topic to include tournaments from all over the world and if u could possible rank them in order of the most or whatever u wanna call it prestigous. How about some of these tournaments to- Bell Capital Cup, Kamloops international bantam, Toronto Marlboro's Holiday classic, Tretiak Cup in Russia and Stockholm Cup in sweden
Bell Cup was good a few years ago, but does not attract the teams it used too
Kamloops is a AA and teams that get knocked out early in the playoffs.
Brick is a waste of money- yes its good, but not the 10 you will need to fork out to go.

Since the person did say USA tournaments, Its hard to pick so years vary.

Chicago Bauer is usually good.
New York-Big Apple Varies
Vegas is fun for the parents
NAPS is good

One way to see if its a strong tournament is to check if any of the Big 5 from Detroit are going. See what teams are going first, that will give you a good indication of the level.

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