Even if more than 3,500 tourists will feet in the city within the framework of the Tournament international de hockey pee-wee de Québec, the organization did not say concern about the spread of the coronavirus at the global level.
The director-general of the event, which will begin tomorrow, Patrick Dom, has had contacts with people from the national public health Institute of Quebec in order to ensure that everything was done to ensure that people infected with the disease landed in the Old Capital.
“The chances are minimal, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t happen. We looked at the city from each of the teams and there is no event listed. You just have to be vigilant. You should wash your hands, coronavirus or not. Take hygienic measures necessary, but it is important not to panic. From our side, there’s zero panic, zero concern, ” said Dom between two preparations for the opening day tomorrow.
Heart of a child
Yesterday, Dom preferred to focus on the coming edition, the 61st of the event and his 19th as a general manager.
Because even after all this time, he pinches each year.
“I was actually thinking about it this morning and I still cannot believe it as it is big. The pride that one feels to be able to say that one attracts 3500 people to Quebec for a hockey tournament. It is amazing, really amazing. It allows me to keep my heart of a child “, says he.
Again this year, in addition to the tournament as such, Dom is proud of everything that will be organized in the margins, starting with the arrival of several old glories of the NHL, including Eric Lindros, Mike Bossy, Alain Côté, Kerry Fraser, Paul Coffey and Yvan Cournoyer.
All this, in addition to the tour Hockey by Rogers (Hometown hockey) that will land in Quebec city on February 15 and 16.
“Ten 53-foot trailers are coming here for the tour of Rogers. To have that, in addition to our signatures, autographs, our silent auction, I find it amazing that it is rendered there, ” he noted, welcoming also the presence of Jonathan Roy, who will give an outdoor show, next Sunday, in the framework of the tour Hockey here.
Among the small concerns of the organization at the dawn of the beginning of the tournament, however, a winter storm in Europe that has forced the cancellation of a flight training austrian.
“There has experience with this kind of situation,” recalls Dom, who has had to deal with a winter storm to start the tournament no later than last year. The problem is often the bags of hockey, but it sends labels to all the teams present in the tournament and each player attaches to it after its bag. If it gets lost along the way, it is easier to find. “
The first match of the 61st edition of the Tournament international de hockey pee-wee will be held from 9: 15 a.m. tomorrow morning.
The matches on the schedule tomorrow
9: 15 pm | Frontenac of Quebec North-East c. Express 1 of South Shore, AA
10: 30 a.m. | the Musketeers of Saint-Hyacinthe c. Governors of Quebec, West, AA
11: 45 a.m. | Collection Bellechasse-Beauce-North c. Noroits 2 of RAHC-DPR, Inter B
13 h | Lynx High-Beauce c. Senators de Laval, AA
14: 15 | College Charles-Lemoyne c. Commanders of the Collège de Lévis, School
15: 30 | Men of Magog c. the Lords of Lotbinière, Inter B
16: 45 p.m. | Athletic Ancienne-Lorette c. Corsairs of Pointe-Lévy, School
18 h | snowy owls of the Triplet, c. Black and Gold of Mortagne, AA-Elites
19: 15 | National-Montreal-Ouest c. Knights of Lordship, AA
20: 30 | Knights of the Czech Republic c. Green and Black of the école Fadette, AAA
The personalities that will be present this year
- Eric Lindros
- Owen Nolan
- Ken Dryden
- Dave Morissette
- Mike Bossy
- Alain Côté
- Kerry Fraser
- Jarri Kurri
- Kevin Bieksa
- Tim Connolly
- Vincent Damphousse
- Jean-Sébastien Giguère
- Shawn Horcoff
- Freddy Meyer
- Evgeni Nabokov