Hudson PeeWee International Friendship Hockey Team

This page will give updates on the teams participating in PeeWee International Friendship Hockey Tournaments. The next tournament is in St. Paul, MN.

International Friendship Tournament History In 1986 Aldergrove Minor Hockey hosted an Atom B Invitational Tournament. One of the teams that participated was the Hachinohe White Bear from Hachinohe, Japan. Mr. Kaneiri was there… In 1989 the citizens of the Japanese city of Hachinohe on the island of Honshu, celebrated their city’s 60th Anniversary. A local business leader by the name of Mr. Tadakiyko Kaneiri had a dream to mark the occasion by hosting an International Peewee Ice Hockey Tournament for 12 and 13 year old children. He believed that bringing youth together from all over the world in an atmosphere where the emphasis was placed on fair play, sportsmanship, mutual respect and cultural exchange would develop greater tolerance and understanding and forge life long friendships. His dream became a reality when the first Friendship Hockey Tournament was hosted in 1989 in Hachinohe. All players participating in the tournament were assigned home stay or host families for the duration of their stay in Japan. The tradition of the host families has continued in each tournament. The Friendship Tournament is not a business or profit driven event but rather a vehicle for young ice hockey players, both boys and girls, from different countries to play against each other in the spirit of friendship and fair play while experiencing the culture of the host country. Mutual respect and understanding are two of the principal aspects of this tournament that participants learn which in turn serves them well for the rest of their lives, both on and off the ice. At the conclusion of the first tournament, St. Paul, Minnesota offered to host the second tournament in 1991 and thus the biennial Friendship Tournament was born. When the next venue is decided upon, the tournament flag is passed to the next host country. Since the tournament’s inception it has be held in Past Tournament locations: 1989 – Hachinohe, Japan 1991 – St. Paul, Minnesota, USA 1993 – Cranbrook, BC, CAN 1995 – Christchurch, NZ 1997 – Aldergrove, BC, CAN 1999 – Canberra, AUS 2001 – Hokkaido, Japan 2003 – St. Paul, Minnesota, USA 2005 – Cranbrook, BC, CAN 2007 – Dunedin, NZ 2009 – Hachinohe, Japan 2011 – Hudson, Wisconsin, USA 2013 – Aldergrove, BC, CAN 2015 - Newcastle, NSW, AUS The tournament prides itself on the fact that there are no losers. All participants “win” by being part of the tournament. Teams participating are not national representative teams but rather teams consisting of players who may not normally be selected to play against international teams or visit and compete in an international event. They are players who play ice hockey for the local community or town, not just to win but for the enjoyment of participating and doing what kids do best…have fun and create friendships.

Victoria Gliders and Hudson Raiders - Game 2.

Hudson Raiders v. Victoria Gliders

Hudson Raiders v. Victoria Gliders (period 2)

Hudson v. Victoria Gliders

Hachinohe White Bear Junior Ice Hockey Team 八戸ホワイトベアジュニアアイスホッケーチーム


Hachinohe White Bear Junior Ice Hockey Team 八戸ホワイトベアジュニアアイスホッケーチーム

Fighting Spirit,Fair Play,and Friendship!

3rd period v. HC Sparta Prague / mixed teams!

Hudson Raiders v. HC Sparta Prague, start of 2nd period, 8-0

Some photos from the Opening Ceremonies.

Photos from Hudson PeeWee International Friendship Hockey Team's post

Some photos from the Opening Ceremonies.

Some photos from the Opening Ceremonies.

The tournament has officially begun!

This morning’s paper!


Several of our PWI skaters appeared in the newspapers this morning! These photos were taken last night as the kids met their host families.

Made it to Misawa!

We made it to Misawa! We had a special welcome from our hosts! On the bus to Hachinohe now.

Game schedule for beginning of tournament. We are team A2.

Hudson PeeWee International Friendship Hockey Team

Not too Late to get your tickets!!! Message us or comment below and we will save tickets for you! Event is tomorrow Friday Feb.15th 6pm at Hudson House!

In addition to our Silent Auction & The Table of Booze we are having, Door prizes, A 50/50 Raffle, Chance to Win Wild Tickets, Chance to Win a Mini Motorcycle Chopper, and a chance to win 99 Bottles of Beer!

Great FUN, Great Food, Great Beer and Wine!!

Not sure how many have seen this, but the Hachinohe group is getting the word out for the tournament.

[01/19/19]   Come drink some beer and support our team! $10 wrist bands all you can drink until 3:30!!

Thank you to our jersey sponsors!

PeeWee International team working the meat raffle at Jonesy’s! Thank you for the support Hudson friends!!

We are selling Metro Dining Cards for $25 and $1 World Finest Candy Bars at County Market today until 4:00!

Our skaters have a few fundraisers going on right now. Here is one we have for Metro Dining Club cards. Over 1600 free dinners for $25!

[07/29/18]   Thanks Panda Express for having a fundraiser to help our team!!

A BIG Thank you to our sponsors Kell Dental Arts, Hudson Pita Pit and Market & Johnson for sponsoring our hockey team!

We are looking for more sponsors! If you would like your logo on our team jerseys and can help our team, please let us know!!

Thank you, Big Guys BBQ Roadhouse for hosting our meat raffle tonight!!!

Gearing up for the big event - we still have tickets available at the door!

Hudson Team for Japan 🇯🇵 2019. Missing 3 players.

We still have kids bagging groceries at Family Fresh until 6, and selling coupons until 8 pm! Come visit us and support the PeeWee International team playing in Japan in 2019!

Hudson PeeWee International Friendship Hockey Team

Come at shop at Family Fresh in Hudson today between 12-8pm and have the PWI crew bag your groceries! We are raising money to play in Japan!

Finally a few pics of our kids in their jerseys!

Southernmost Peewee Team Visits 'Hockey Holy Ground'

Check out the article on our New Zealand billets! ST. PAUL -- There is no direct flight from Christchurch, New Zealand, to Minneapolis, Minnesota. If there was, the 8,374-mile distance would see it clock in as one of the longest flights in the world, which makes it even more impressive that Bret Dougherty and his peewee team from the Canterbury reg...

FYI... it's free cone day at DQ

Lots of fun tonight hosting our billets and their families for a meal and fun ice time! Kids from Wisconsin, Minnesota, New Zealand, Canada and Japan all having fun!!

Hudson PeeWee International Friendship Hockey Team's cover photo

Great job Raiders on your skit!

Thanks for hosting us tonight, St. Croix Sports!

Thank you to the Pewee International Friendship Tournament friends and families for stopping in tonight! It was great meeting the hockey players from New Zealand and Canada! Good luck in your upcoming games!

A big thank you to ADN Graphics for the great design on our jerseys and helping us with our on ice gifts!!

Photos from Hudson PeeWee International Friendship Hockey Team's post

Day 1 - Hudson vs Japan

Hitting the ice this morning against Japan!

More from the opening Ceremony!

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