Founded by Bill Comrie and a few executives of The Brick Warehouse Corporation, the Brick Super Novice Invitational tournament is played annually at the end of June, early July and attracts the top teams and players from across North America. Teams featured are Team Brick Alberta, Saskatchewan Jr Pats, Team Manitoba, Toronto Pro Hockey, Toronto Bulldogs, Team Quebec, Western Selects, Boston Jr Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Connecticut Jr. Rangers, Chicago Jr Blackhawks, Team Minnesota, Team Pennsylvania, and Team BC Jr Canucks.
The Brick Tournament features 6 round-robin games in two divisions with the divisions top two teams advancing into the semi and finals rounds (read more about The Tournament Format.)
With teams enjoying the water park, roller coasters and meeting some new friends that they will be seeing throughout their hockey career, this event is a great way to set them off.
The Brick Experience
In January of 1990, Bill Comrie met with a few of his executives at The Brick Warehouse Corporation and discussed a hockey tournament concept that would be both unique and beneficial to many people for years to come. Bills vision was a hockey tournament for players nine and ten years of age that would be international in scope and personal in presentation. He recognized that this age category did not have national presence similar to the Quebec Pee-Wee Tournament or the Mac Midget Tournament.
What if we held a summer tournament of this age group at West Edmonton Mall that would combine excellent hockey and a summer holiday for traveling teams? With this concept in mind, a group of volunteers from The Brick Warehouse set out to organize teams, sponsorships, ice time, and expand upon Bills idea to develop a new standard in hockey tournaments. The Brick Super Novice Invitational Hockey tournament is recognized as Canadas foremost hockey tournament and its impact can be appreciated by all those who have attended.
Bill Comrie, although still a unit holder of The Brick Group Income Fund, is no longer involved in day to day operations. For those of us who have had the pleasure of working with Bill, this is yet another fine example of his foresight and entrepreneurial energy. The Brick Super Novice Hockey Tournament is a small part of Bills legacy and we are committed to furthering his vision by making this tournament better and better in the years to come.
Hockey players aged nine and ten will benefit from the experience they gained in a world class tournament, and also many charities are the beneficiaries from funds that have been generously donated as a result of this tournament. The tournament began because of Bill Comrie and flourishes because of our incredible sponsors.