One Hockey’s popular annual AAA tournament is underway in Aston and already the excitement of possibly witnessing something remarkable is in the air.
Some of the best youth players in North America are present with many excellent hockey players, but the buzz so far has been about forward Alexey Statsenko.
Statsenko is a birth year 1999 participant from Russia and plays winter hockey for CSKA, Moscow. He currently is spending time in Colorado and is enjoying his first of what will possibly be many visits to the United States.
He is considered to already be a top notch professional prospect.
Tournament director Sebastien Fortier says” he is considered to be one the best player in the world in his age group combining superior skating skills with smooth puck handling ability and a laser shot. We will see how he performs in the tournament.”
Fortier after a career at the ECHL and AHL levels has become known as a is a prominent Hockey entrepreneur, junior league scout, and tournament director. He is a founding director of One Hockey and has seen the program expand a grow exponentially.
“The excitement has only begun” said Fortier.
Fortier also said” Team Finland is another exciting squad to watch displaying unmatchable team skills. They have a supersonic breakout that might be the envy of almost every team in the tournament and are simply incredible to watch. “
Next week the tournament will feature a 2004 birth year player that has score over 300 goals in league and tournament play.
One Hockey has been one of the fastest growing and most influential tournaments featuring top North American talent as well as some of the major teams from Russia, Finland, and Sweden.
The NHL has become more and more an international league. In 2011 Swedish natives Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks won the Art Ross and Detroit Redwing captain Nicklas Lidstrom won his seventh Norris Trophy second only to Bobby Orr.
In the2012 NHL season Henrik Lundqvist won the Vezina Trophy as the top goaltender, Evengi Makin of the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Art Ross and the Ted Lindsay awards as the MVP and the MVP as selected by the players, 21 year old Erik Karrlson of the Ottawa Senators Norris Trophy as the best defenseman.
With an explosion of NHL star performers emerging from countries other than the US and Canada the One Hockey tournament provides one of the few venues to perform against some of the best European youth talent in the world.
Fortier said “this is not your typical boring hockey tournament! There is never a dull moment at our events and there’s a very good reason why: Even though the OneHockey Family has seen 10 of its alumni drafted in the NHL and several go to the USHL and College, let’s be real and face facts: most of our participants will never play professional hockey. The applause, the energy and the entertainment they will experience with OneHockey will stay with them for life.
They will never forget this experience.”
This year the tournament will feature the 1999 thru 1994 age groups (Silver and Gold) will compete from June 28 to July 1 while the younger boys born from 2000 thru 2004 will step on the ice from July 5 to 8.
Now in its 9th year of existence the One Hockey Tournament is often raved about as much by parents as it is by the youth players who participate.
Over 20 Scouts from Europe, Quebec, and every other province in Canada will be in attendance evaluating the youth players in attendance.
Youth players from Switzerland, Sweden, Russia and China will all be represented in Aston this year travelling far distances for a chance to win the tournament championship.
Fortier expects the program to double in paerticpants from all over the world next year.