The Richmond Blues Pee Wee A1 team hockey team has had a successful and impressive start to its season - achieving three of its goals already.
The team started the season off on a strong note by capturing gold at the Abbotsford Pee Wee Ice Breaker Tournament. It was a important win for the Blues who are hoping to secure a spot in the Quebec Peewee International Tournament. The Abbotsford event was seen as part of the qualifying process for teams from BC wishing to make the cut for Quebec.
On the heels of their win, the locals then finished in first place during the PCAHA's placement round in group two, which secured them a berth in Flight One for the remainder of the season.
The Gil Martin Memorial Tournament in Langley then saw the Blues go undefeated with six straight wins to clinch the championship 5-2, in a rematch of the 2011 final against Interior rival Kelowna.
The Blues finished in first place after round robin play in a tournament that saw 12 teams competing for the championship. The Richmond team produced wins against Abbotsford, Vernon and Hollyburn.
Competition got tighter in the playoffs and the Blues first obstacle to overcome was Coquitlam. They competed hard and dug deep for a 2-1 win, securing its spot in the semi-finals, where they then faced off against previous round robin competitor - Abbotsford. A 4-3 victory moved the Blues onto the final against Kelowna.
The Blues have a strong well rounded team, with every player on the roster having scored a goal so far this season.
The team is characterized by creative offensive with excellent passing and team play, backed by rock solid goaltending and some of the best defence in the league.
The team's next goal? Securing a spot in the exclusive 53rd annual Quebec Pee Wee International Tournament in February.