Tournament Details

Pat Quinn Classic History

Burnaby has hosted  an international bantam tournament since 1962 making this one of the longest running tournaments in the world.  

In 2015, the tournament was reimagined to honour the legendary Pat Quinn and the Pat Quinn Classic was created.  Delivered and supported by hockey and community partnerships, the tournament carries forward the legacy of Pat Quinn and his passion for developing great athletes and leaders.  The PQC has established itself as one of the preeminent tournaments in North America. 

Supporting and celebrating academic excellence is central to the PQC. To date the tournament has raised over $55,000 for the Pat Quinn Scholarship Fund that supports high performance athletes pursuing postgraduate studies.  The fund is managed by Hockey Canada Foundation and more details can be found here.  The Vancouver Canucks Alumni Association have been a long time tournament partner and provide three $1,000 scholarships to tournament players annually.  For more information on criteria and past winners click here. 

Burnaby is a perfect home for the Pat Quinn Classic.  Home to the Burnaby Minor Hockey Association and Burnaby Winter Club – Burnaby has the highest ratio of rink per capita in the world.  It’s no surprise the city has produced some exceptional hockey players. Joe Sakic, Cliff Ronning, Paul Kariya, Darren McCarty, Chris Joseph, Glenn Anderson, Jack McIlhargey, Karl Alzner, Greg Zanon, Byron Ritchie, Tyler McNealy, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Matt Barzal and Dante Fabbro, all played minor hockey in Burnaby and moved on to the NHL and/or Team Canada.

This tournament is another chapter in Burnaby’s impressive hockey history.

See the Past Winners and MVPs from previous Pat Quinn Classics

About Burnaby


We recognize the ancestral and unseeded homelands of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and sḵwx̱wú7mesh speaking people and to extend appreciation for the opportunity to hold our tournament on this territory.

Nestled in the heart of Metro Vancouver, lies the growing, multicultural urban centre of Burnaby.

Burnaby is British Columbia’s third largest city with a population of 230,000 residents hailing from 80 different cultural backgrounds, speaking more than 100 different languages. This international flavour weaves itself through Burnaby’s shopping, restaurants, cultural centres, festivals and neighbourhoods.

With 130 parks, Burnaby is known as a green city. One quarter of the city is lush green park space —the highest percentage for any North American city. These parks house extensive walking, hiking and biking trails, and remarkable natural attractions such as Burnaby Lake, Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area and Deer Lake Park.


Burnaby is centrally located in British Columbia’s Metro Vancouver region. The region is comprised of 12 distinct communities, including Vancouver, Richmond and West Vancouver, and totals 2.5 million residents. Together, the communities comprise one of the world’s most cosmopolitan and dynamic cities.

Packed with breathtaking mountains, oceans, lakes, rivers and beaches – the region is renowned for its incomparable natural beauty. The North Shore Mountains rise 5,000 feet from the Pacific Ocean creating an unparalleled, snow-capped backdrop.  This provides the venue for a vast array of outdoor activities such as cycling, hiking, kayaking, golfing, skiing and snowboarding. Mountains and oceans create the backdrop for some of the region’s most notable attractions such as Stanley Park, Granville Island, Grouse Mountain and the Capilano Suspension Bridge.

Tournament Rinks

Bill Copeland Sport Centre

(Both Bill Copeland Arena and Burnaby Lake Arena)

3676 Kensington Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Burnaby Winter Club

4990 Canada Way
Burnaby, BC


(formerly Burnaby 8 Rinks)

6501 Sprott Street
Burnaby, BC

Kensington Arena

6159 Curtis Street
Burnaby, BC

Planet Ice Coquitlam

2300 Rocket Way
Coquitlam, BC


Tournament Sanction Number

Tournament Rules
The 2021 Pat Quinn Classic will follow the current PCAHA Rulebook.

No timeouts in the round-robin or consolation games. Each team gets one 30 second timeout in all playoff round games.

No protests will be accepted. Referees decisions are final.

Game Lengths
All Bantam tournament games are scheduled to be three 20 minute periods with an ice clean in between the second and third period. If a game is running late the third period will be set at half of the remaining time left not necessarily 20 minutes. All Peewee tournament games are scheduled to be three 15 minute periods. If a game is running late the third period will be set at half of the remaining time left not necessarily 15 minutes.

Standings After Round Robin
If 2 Teams are tied in the standings the following tie-break steps will be taken in this order (if 3 or more teams are tied then same criteria is used):

  1. Head to head record
  2. Team with the greatest number of wins
  3. Team with fewest goals against
  4. Team with fewest penalty minutes
  5. Goals for
  6. Coin Toss

Round Robin – there is no overtime

Playoffs – There will be a 5-minute, stop-time, 3-on-3 sudden death period to determine the winner. The team will remain in the same ends of the ice as the third period. If no winner is decided during the overtime, a 3-man shoot-out will decide the game. If still tied after the first 3, there will be a sudden death shoot-out. Each team must use every player on the bench before allowing the first shooter to go again. Players will shoot alternately at each end until the match is decided.

Mercy Rule: If there is a five-goal differential then game play will be switched to a running clock, in the second and third period only. If the differential drops to less than 5 goals stop time will resume.

Home Team for Playoff Games: The team with the higher seed in the playoffs will always be the home team. In the event of two teams sharing a 1st place seed heading into the finals the following tie breaker will be used to determine the home team:

  1. Team with fewest goals against (totalled from round robin and playoffs)
  2. Team with fewest penalty minutes (totalled from round robin and playoffs)
  3. Team with greatest Goals for (totalled from round robin and playoffs)
  4. Coin flip (with both coaches present)

Tournament Points
Two points will be allocated to the winning team, one point for a tie and zero to the losing team.

Body Checking
There is NO body contact in the Peewee division. There is body contact in the Bantam Division.

Player Suspensions
Minor penalties with a game misconduct will result in an additional game suspension. Major penalties in the final 10 minutes of the third period a 2 game suspension. These rules follow BC Hockey suspension protocol.

Coach Misconduct
If a coach is removed from a game because of a misconduct they will be suspended for an additional game in the Pat Quinn Classic. The Disciplinary Committee as deemed necessary may implement further suspensions and/or removal of a coach from the Pat Quinn Classic. There is zero tolerance towards a coach showing abuse towards an official or player on the ice surface.

Gross/Match Misconduct
Every Gross/Match penalty will be reviewed by the Disciplinary Committee. The Disciplinary Committee as deemed necessary may implement further suspensions.

Any fighting misconducts will result in an automatic game ejection. Players assessed a fighting misconduct will be accessed a 2 game suspension as per BC Hockey. The Disciplinary Committee as deemed necessary may implement further suspensions and/or removal of a player or players from the Pat Quinn Classic.