On November 18th 2019, Hockey Canada announced that it was changing the names of the different age divisions in order to simplify the minor hockey system (source below). Through this change, the name "Pee-Wee" then became "U13" meaning "Under 13". Note that, in French, "U13" is translated as "M13 (Moins de 13 ans)".
Following this announcement, our organizing committee first worked on the 46th edition of the tournament, in 2020, which was a success. Subsequently, rather than working on a name change, the organization racked its brains to try to organize a tournament in the context of a pandemic. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, there was no tournament neither in 2021 nor in 2022.
The organizing committee, like the Waterloo’s community, was very attached to the name "Waterloo National Pee-Wee Tournament" which dates back to 1975. That being said, last spring, Hockey Québec contacted us so that we follow the requirement of this national name change. It is therefore with a touch of nostalgia that we announce today that our flagship event will now be called the Waterloo National U13 Tournament.
"Of course, over time, we appropriated ourselves the word '’Pee-Wee'’, but I think people will quickly get used to U13 and, after all, hockey will remain hockey!’’ mentions Martin Bazinet, vice-president of the tournament. For a few more years, if not many years, the word "Pee-Wee" will stick around in people's mouths and that's perfectly understandable. No one will force anyone to use exclusively the designation U13.
The name change will therefore be effective for the next edition. Moreover, the web address www.m13waterloo.com is now operational. The word "Pee-Wee" will still be used here and there by the organization, especially on the material already printed, but it will quietly give its place to "M13". That being said, registrations have been launched for 2023 and everything indicates that the 47th edition will finally be able to take place from January 16th to the 29th!
We look forward to seeing you!
-The organizing committee
Source : Hockey Canada (2019) « Hockey Canada announces change to age-division names », November 18th 2019, URL : https://hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/news/2020-21-coach-changes-made-to-age-divisions
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