John Reid Memorial U15AAA Tournament Organizing Committee Announcement

Aug. 19, 2022

It is with profound sadness that the existing organizing committee of the 44th Annual John Reid Memorial Tournament (JRMT) announce that they will be stepping down for the 2023 edition of the event, effective immediately.

Discussions with St. Albert Minor Hockey Association (SAMHA) Executive have made it abundantly clear that collaboration between the two entities will not be possible.

The John Reid Memorial has been regarded as one of the top U15AAA tournaments in North America. This was due in a large part to the independence the JRMT Committee was granted to run an event, free of bureaucracy, politics, and personal agendas. The Tournament was known for providing a first-rate event for participants, an abundance of talent for WHL, Junior A and NCAA scouts and was a focal point for the community and surrounding area for four amazing days every January. All proceeds collected were utilized to ensure a fantastic experience for all the young players involved and any surplus monies were directed to fund the JRMT Scholarship fund and the balance to support local minor hockey via the Raider’s Athletic Club. All committee members (many of whom have helped organize the event for over 15 years) and volunteers were unpaid.

Despite the JRMT’s attempts to work with SAMHA executive, it was clear that SAMHA was unhappy with the way the JRMT had been run in recent years, did not trust the JRMT committee to execute an event that would benefit both the participants and community of St. Albert, and demanded control over all aspects of the event. Rather than embark on a doomed relationship - which would almost certainly harm the legacy that the JRMT has created - the committee has made the difficult choice to step aside, to allow SAMHA to put on a U15AAA tournament, as they see fit.

Our sincere regrets to the Reid family, who have been committed and exceptional people to work with, in honoring John’s many contributions to the community of St. Albert. As well, we apologize to the teams that have applied to the event - this year and in the past - and have humbled us with your passion and loyalty for our Tournament. We wish you all every success this year and beyond. Finally, to the community of St. Albert, we would like to thank you for your support for so many years. Whether you volunteered as a timekeeper, welcomed teams and fans at admission tables or just enjoyed some fantastic hockey and laughs with friends, new and old …. you made this event a success. Thank you all!


The John Reid Memorial U15AAA Tournament Organizing Committee


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