There won't be much of a Christmas break for five SMAAAHL teams this year. The Beardy's Blackhawks, Tisdale Trojans, Prince Albert Mintos, Saskatoon Contacts and Blazers are all travelling to Calgary to compete in the 34th Annual Mac's Midget Hockey Tournament.
They'll be joined by the Prince Albert A&W Bears, Saskatoon Stars and Regina Rebels who represent Saskatchewan in the women's division.
If you're not familiar with it, the Mac's Tournament is one of the largest of its kind in the World. Teams from all over Canada attend and some international teams are usually featured. This year is no exception with a couple teams from Russia and the Czech Republic hitting the ice in Calgary. The list of top players who competed in the holiday event during their Midget days is impressive. Names like Jarome Iginla ('92),
Chris Osgood ('87,'88), Ryan Smith ('90), oh... and a guy named
Sydney Crosby ('01) are just a few of the many.