Stacy skater represents Minnesota in Canada

Stacy resident Jack Harvey poses in his Team Minnesota gear. The 10-year-old made the team in late May and practiced four days per week in St. Louis Park to prepare for the 24th Annual Brick Invitational Super Novice Hockey Tournament in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  Photo supplied

Stacy resident Jack Harvey poses in his Team Minnesota gear. The 10-year-old made the team in late May and practiced four days per week in St. Louis Park to prepare for the 24th Annual Brick Invitational Super Novice Hockey Tournament in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
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Harvey’s hockey skills earn him spot in Brick Invitational

Stacy resident Jack Harvey was one of 16 hockey players to represent Team Minnesota at the 14-team Brick Invitational Super Novice Hockey Tournament in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, from June 29 to July 7.

Just seven teams of 14 skaters and two goalies earn the opportunity to represent the United States, with teams coming from California all the way to Massachusetts.

The 10-year-old made the squad, along with many of his Minnesota Blades teammates, after tryouts in St. Louis Park in late May. Harvey’s mother, Kerry, drove him to practices in St. Louis Park and New Hope four times per week for six weeks to prepare for the showcase tournament held on an indoor rink inside the West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, which is the largest shopping center in North America.

Not only did Harvey get to play with some of the top novice hockey players in the world, Team Minnesota also made it to the Final Four while being watched by alumni of the 24-year tradition. All in all, 42 former participants and representatives of Minnesota in the Brick Invitational went on to play in the NCAA, AHL, NHL or other national and international leagues, including Blake Wheeler of the Winnipeg Jets, Peter Mueller of the Florida Panthers and Jim O’Brien of the Ottawa Senators.

Harvey said the trip and tournament was a big opportunity.

“I think it’s the best thing that ever happened to me,” Harvey said. “Not many kids from Minnesota, from America, for that fact, got to go. It was so fun and I got to meet a lot of very nice people and talk to players from other teams.”

Team Minnesota played well, too. Harvey and his teammates were just one game shy of being in the title game, losing 7-3 to the eventual champions, the Toronto Bulldogs. The Bulldogs beat the BC Junior Canucks, 3-1, to take the 24th Brick Invitational title while Team Minnesota took third based on points.

As for Harvey, his mother said he wishes he could have stayed in Edmonton.

“It was absolutely the best experience of his life, and I think he wishes he was still there,” Kerry Harvey said. “It’s just amazing the way they treat the kids. It’s like they are little rock stars. He will definitely remember this for the rest of his life.”

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