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Pat Quinn Classic returns to Burnaby after two-year hiatus

The 2020 and 2021 tournaments were cancelled due to COVID-19.
The Pat Quinn Classic is returning for 2022 after a two-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Teams from Washington, California and Arizona will be among those playing in the 2022 Pat Quinn Classic in Burnaby at the end of this month. 

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tournament is returning Dec. 27 to 31 and will feature 45 teams competing in six divisions.

"We are thrilled to be back," Pat Quinn Classic honourary chair Cliff Ronning said in a news release

"We are looking forward to seeing young hockey players compete and show their skills in a professionally run tournament. This annual celebration of hockey began 60 years ago in Burnaby and we are proud to continue that tradition under the name of Pat Quinn."

Dec. 27 to 30 will feature the female under-13 elite division, while Dec. 28 to 31 will feature the integrated under-15 elite, integrated under-15 flights one and two, as well as integrated under-13 elite and flight one. 

"With support from the community, our sponsors and the City of Burnaby, we are proud of this effort to create a memorable experience for all participants," Ronning added. 

The feature rink for the 2022 tournament is the Bill Copeland Sports Centre.

Other venues will include Burnaby Lake Arena, Burnaby Winter Club, Kensington Arena, Scotia Barn and Planet Ice Coquitlam. 

The Pat Quinn Classic has seen more than 4,100 participants since 2015.