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.
We are still looking for volunteers in the Finance, 50/50, Announcers, Awards and in the Off- Ice department!
Volunteers play an important part in making the Mac's Midget AAA Invitational Tournament a success! Click here to join our amazing team and be apart of an international event!
Celebrating the Game of Hockey
The theme of this year is 'Celebrating the Game of Hockey'.
The premise of the the theme is to celebrate not the individuals in the game, but the nature of the game and the fact that it is a game that once played is often played or at least celebrated for life.
We at Macs see individuals coming into the Macs as participants who have dreamed about being here ever since they played the game - often as young as 5 or 6. We also see people who have enjoyed the tournament since day one 37 years ago, and they still come to as many games as they can now, just because of the game. The people who got hooked when their child played in the tournament and the countless volunteers who love the atmosphere, drama and skill in the rinks at this time of year.
Hockey is a game of excitement, fitness, fun, socialization and skill development. We have to remember that no matter what anyone says, in the world there are very few people who actually play this game. There are many who will never get a chance to experience the shear joy of being able to move yourself across the ice with less than a 1/2'' of steel in contact with the ice. This is a special game for many of us.
Hockey is a game for life. Once experienced it never leaves your blood.