The Bauer Latvia Invite is an international youth hockey tournament organized by the same directors of the World Hockey Invite (the largest AAA hockey tournament in the world held annually every November in Chicago, Illinois, USA). This will be our 1st year in Latvia. The tournament is now accepting team applications for August 2-5, 2012 in Riga, Latvia. The Bauer Latvia Invite gives young people from all over the world an opportunity through the greatest sport - Hockey to experience Latvia with much more than just the game itself. Playing games against teams from worldwide, attending cultural tours & events will together give your team a great experience in the summer of 2012.
Who may participate (96, 97, 98, 99, 00 and 01 age groups)
Primarily Elite AAA level with all star teams and or select clubs welcome to participate in the Bauer Latvia Invite. Much like St. Petersburg, Russia was in 2011 the goal is to only accept the very top end teams from Russia, Czech Republic, Finland, Latvia, Sweden, USA and Canada.
The tournament format is based on 2 Pools of 4 teams each. Each team crosses over and plays the other teams once (4 round robin games). The first and second teams in each group qualify for the semi final round, The third and fourth place finishers in the group will also play a final seeding game for ranking. All teams will play at least 5 games, and as many as 6 games. Exhibition/Friendly Games can be arranged for all teams arriving early to either location. Playing periods (3 x 15 minutes)
Welcome Party, Opening Night Reception, Bauer Demo, Awards
Opening Night Reception with Bauer Demo and Skills Competitions. Welcome Gifts for every single player, Team Leader Duffle Bags, Bauer MVP Skates and Bauer MVP Sticks, Championship/Runner Up Trophies and Medallions.
North American teams from either Canada or the USA must work directly on team registration and logistics arrangements through our main office. We promise to organize an event that will expose athletes to not only hockey, but the rich history of Latvia.
European Teams You can register via our web site link @ www.worldhockeyinvite.com. There will be a fee assigned by theTretyak Academy for tournament, housing, meals, buses and tours.