The Mac's Midget AAA World Invitational Tournament is a prestigious ice hockey tournament held annually from December 26 to January 1, for midget aged players in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. First held in 1978 as the CP Challenge Cup, the tournament features 25 male and 15 female teams from across Canada, the United States and Europe.
The championship game has been held in front of as many as 10,000 spectators, while tournament games see as many as 3,000 fans per game, the largest crowds many of the players will have played in front of at that point of their careers.
Overall, the tournament draws as many as 100,000 spectators over seven days.
Match games are played at several Calgary arenas with the Max Bell Centre being the primary facility. Games are also held at Father David Bauer Olympic Arena and Flames Community Arenas. Championship games are played at The Scotiabank Saddledome.
Many participants of the Mac's tourney have gone on to play in the National Hockey League. These players are recognized by Mac's tourney officials by having their photos added to the tournaments wall of fame at the Max Bell Centre.
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There will be a press conference on Dec. 17, 2014 at noon to release participating teams and schedules. It will be held at The Westin Calgary. After the press conference the teams and schedules will be available to view on the website.