Nicholas Zarcone Heads North

Stimson 7th grader Nicholas Zarcone
Stimson 7th grader Nicholas Zarcone

Congratulations to Stimson seventh grader Nick Zarcone, who has been chosen by the NY Islanders organization as a defenseman on the Junior Islanders Pee Wee Hockey Team. This elite group of 19 players, all between 11 and 12 years of age, were selected from a group of 70 players who tried out and will now will represent the New York Islanders at the prestigious 54th Quebec Pee Wee Tournament in Quebec, Canada, on February 13 through 24.

The Junior Islanders are made up of elite pee wee level players on Long Island selected through tryouts. They will be coached by former Islander Benoit Hogue. This celebrated tournament, which was founded in 1960, will provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences for these children and their families.

Considered the most important minor hockey tournament in the world, the contest will bring about 2,300 young hockey players from 16 countries to Quebec to participate in the "World Championships of Pee Wee Hockey." The tournament takes place during a period of 11 days, with crowds totaling approximately 200,000 fans every year.

The 19 players will travel to Quebec to compete against teams representing the United States, Canada, and other countries throughout the world. Some of the teams that the Junior Islanders have played against in the past include teams from Canada, Finland, Russia, Czech Republic, and Sweden.