The Fort Saskatchewan Midget AAA Rangers are off to one of the most prestigious invite-only tournaments in Canada.
After hearing the good news earlier this week, head coach Ty Valin had the honours of telling the group they'd been invited to the Mac's Midget AAA World Invitational Tournament at Tuesday's practice (Nov.13).
"It was a goal that we set out at the start of the year to achieve. Once we let them know the boys just kind of exhaled and said 'wow, we were worried.'"
The tournament features 25 teams from across North America and Europe. It featured future NHL stars like Sidney Crosby, Jarome Iginla and Patrick Laine.
"You're playing against the best of the best," added Valin. "It's not a time now to relax because we've achieved our goal, it's a time to now start preparing for the tournament and understanding how hard it's going to be once we get there."
Calgary is the host this year, with games taking place at the Max Bell Centre, Flames Community Arena, Father David Bauer Arena and the ScotiaBank Saddledome.
The tournament starts on Boxing Day.