By Katie Brickman
Moose Jaw Generals
The Moose Jaw Generals are going to have a great opportunity to check out their toughest competition.
The Generals are headed to Calgary on Christmas Day to compete in the Mac’s Midget AAA Hockey Tournament.
The top 22 teams in Western Canada and two international under-17 teams will be in Alberta competing for the trophy. Those western teams could be here for the Telus Cup in April.
The Generals are in Pool 1, along with Calgary Northstars, Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings, Switzerland Under-17 and Vancouver Northwest Giants.
“We are going to be facing Leduc, who is in top three in their division in the Alberta league. Vancouver is always a power house coming out of B.C. and the under-17 team from Switzerland is going to be solid,” said Ray Wareham, Generals head coach.
The Generals are 16-6-4-0 in the first half of their Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League (SMAAAHL) season. They have struggled at times against top teams, but a consistent effort has been the Achilles’ heel for this team.
“We are going to be seeing some teams that have good opportunities to come to the Telus Cup. We are going to see where we stand. It will be interesting from that standpoint,” said Wareham. “It could be a rude awakening.”
There are four other SMAAAHL teams as well — Regina Pat Canadians, Prince Albert Mintos, Notre Dame Argos and the Battleford Stars.
The Generals will open the tournament against Leduc on Boxing Day. On Dec. 27, they will face the Switzerland national team. On Dec. 28, they will pay the Calgary Northstars and will wrap up round robin action on Dec. 30 against the Vancouver Northwest Giants.
The male quarter-finals are on Dec. 31 with semifinals that same evening. The championship game is on New Year's Day.