Burnaby, B.C. – It was a thrilling 2-1 victory in overtime for the Sno-King Junior Thunderbirds from Seattle against the Meadow Ridge Barracudas in the U13 female elite division championship game at the 2022 Pat Quinn Classic.
“At first, we were getting a little crushed, but we pushed through to win the medal,” says Thunderbirds goalie Lorelai Foley. “It was exciting to come to a Canadian tournament. It’s been a really fun time and experience.”
With the victory in the gold medal game, the Thunderbirds finished the tournament with a perfect record of five wins. “I am so proud of the girls,” says Spencer Rodgers, Seattle head coach. “They played their hearts out – better than I’ve ever seen them play. It’s a wonderful feeling to see them have so much success. We played some really great teams and somehow found a way to win.”
“It was a fabulous tournament and competitive all the way through,” says Garett MacDonald, head coach of the Meadow Ridge Barracudas. “It was a tough loss, but an awesome game.” After the two-year pandemic pause, MacDonald says it is great to be back at the Pat Quinn Classic. “You realize how grateful we are to have these opportunities for the girls.” On a side note, MacDonald was a member of the Burnaby Minor Hockey Association, and in the 1980s, played in the Burnaby Bantam Hockey Jamboree (now named the Pat Quinn Classic).
In the U13 female elite division’s bronze medal game, Surrey Female HA U13 A2 beat Langley Girls IHA U13 A1 by a score of 1-0.
Awards in the U13 female elite division
- Tournament top goalie: #35 Bella Gavigan, Meadow Ridge Female U13 A1
- Tournament top defensive player: #4 Aikam Sandhu, Surrey Female HA U13 A2
- Tournament top forward: #9 Carly Rodgers, Sno-King Jr. Thunderbirds 12U AA Girls
- Tournament most valuable player: #35 Bella Gavigan, Meadow Ridge Female U13 A1
Check out the latest scores and standings.
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BACKGROUNDER – THE PAT QUINN CLASSIC
The Burnaby Minor Hockey Association began hosting the annual December Bantam hockey tournament in 1962. It is now the longest-running event of its kind in the world. The tournament became the Pat Quinn Classic in 2015, named after the legendary player, coach, general manager and team owner. Pat Quinn is internationally-recognized as one of the hockey’s greatest coaches and ambassadors. Proceeds go to the Pat Quinn Scholarship Fund. Managed by Hockey Canada, the fund supports players in post-secondary education after their hockey careers. Quinn is one of the most recognizable faces in Canadian sport and has made an enormous contribution to sport in British Columbia and Canada.
The objective of the Pat Quinn Classic is to create a top international-calibre tournament in Western Canada to showcase local teams alongside some of the strongest programs in Canada, the U.S. and around the world. Organizers worked with the Quinn family to create a unique tournament that strikes the right balance between exciting hockey, skill and leadership development and community engagement. Pat motivated players at all levels to work hard on the ice and live with passion and integrity off the ice. The vision of this tournament exemplifies his love of hockey and his unwavering commitment to give back to the community.
After being cancelled in 2020 and 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pat Quinn Classic returns for a sixth edition in December 2022.