Experience

the Brick

It is one of the most prestigious hockey events available for players at the 10 & Under age level. The Brick Invitational Hockey Tournament invites select teams from all over North America to Edmonton, Alberta to compete. Between elite opponents, off-ice activities, and skills competition, the Brick is a fun-filled hockey experience for the entire family.

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About the

the Brick

Select teams from all over the North American continent attend this renowned summer tournament which offers many young promising hockey players and their parents a first opportunity to compete in a very elite international environment. There is no stone left unturned by the tournament staff and the production of games is at an NHL level. From the team introductions, to the national anthems, to the play by play call of every game, and to the gift bag that each player receives...the production of games is second to none.

Participating Teams

  • BC Junior Canucks

  • Boston Junior Bruins

  • Connecticut Junior Rangers

  • Junior Redwings Hockey

  • Manitoba Junior Ice

  • Minnesota Blades

  • Saskatchewan Junior Pats

  • Team Brick Alberta

  • Team Chicago

  • Team Pennsylvania

  • Team Quebec

  • Toronto Bulldogs

  • Toronto Pro Hockey

  • Western Selects

Important Dates

  • Brick Evaluation Camp

    November 8th, 2022

  • Brick Futures Evaluation/ID Camp

    November 8th, 2022

  • Brick Team Named

    April 24th, 2023

  • Brick Hockey Invitational Tournament

    July 3rd-9th, 2023

Evaluation Camp

Our CCM Chicago Staff scout and evaluate players throughout the season seeking players to invite to evaluation camp. The Brick Evaluation Camp is phase one of the Brick tryout where players compete to be selected for the second phase, the Brick Tryout.

Brick Tryout

Following the Evaluation Camp, 34-40 players will be invited back to participate in the CCM Chicago Brick tryout. The players selected will participate with the CCM Chicago program in four (4) events (Training and Tournaments). The team will be selected at the conclusion of the final event.

Build for

The Future

The Chicago Brick Futures is specifically designed to highlight the hockey abilities and talents of today's rising Illinois players and tomorrow's Chicago Brick stars. The Brick Futures will also have a regional scouting network and Staff to watch and evaluate not only current Brick year but the Future. The Brick Futures are an incredibly important part of our program to see who the top players are to eventually represent our state in Edmonton for the actual Brick Tournament.

Futures ID Camp

The CCM Chicago Brick Futures initial Evaluation/ID camp will take place on Tuesday, November 8th (Election Day) at Mount Prospect Ice Arena. Following this evaluation camp, players selected to the Brick Futures program will participate in spring/summer training and tournament events.

Brick Future

CCM Brick Alumni

  • All
  • 1999
  • 2000
  • 2001
  • 2002
  • 2003
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2006

Charlie Arend

Committed
NCAA D1
Ohio State University

Joey Willis

Committed
OHL
Saginaw Spirit

Jaden Johnson

Committed
NCAA D1
University of Maine

Michael Burchill

Committed
NCAA D1
University of Michigan

Quinn McCall

Committed
NCAA D1
College of the Holy Cross

Gabriel Perreault

Committed
NCAA D1
Boston College

Paul Fischer

Committed
NCAA D1
University of Notre Dame

Luke Szyszka

Committed
NCAA D1
University of Maine

Seth Constance

Committed
NCAA D1
Northeastern University

Jack Phelan

Committed
NCAA D1
Minnesota State Unversity

Aiden Dubinsky

Committed
NCAA D1
University of Minnesota Duluth

Cole Knuble

Committed
NCAA D1
University of Notre Dame

Grayden Daul

Committed
NCAA D1
University of Wisconsin

Dominick Rivelli

Committed
NCAA D1
University of Miami Ohio

Jack Devine

Committed
NCAA D1
University of Denver

Sean Behrens

Drafted
NHL
Colorado Avalanche

Colby Sagainuk

Committed
OHL
Erie Otters

Matthew Romer

Committed
NCAA D1
Arizona State University

Wyatt Schingoethe

Committed
NCAA D1
Western Michigan University

Luke Weilandt

Committed
NCAA D1
Merrimack College

Quinn Hutson

Committed
NCAA D1
Boston University

Hank Kempf

Drafted
NHL
New York Rangers

Cade Lemmer

Committed
NCAA D3
UW-Eau Claire

Dylan Peterson

Drafted
NHL
St. Louis Blues

Gerard Keane

Committed
OHL
Niagara Ice Dogs

Hunter Longhi

Committed
NCAA D1
American International College

Nicholas Donato

Committed
NCAA D1
University of Miami-Ohio

Patrick Schmiedlin

Committed
NCAA D1
Lindenwood University

Joshua Lopina

Drafted
NHL
Anaheim Ducks

Parker Sondag

Committed
NESCAC
Wesleyan University

Alex Turcotte

Drafted
NHL
Los Angeles Kings

Holt Oliphant

Committed
NCAA D1
Air Force Academy

Neithan Salame

Committed
CHL
Brandon Wheat Kings

Hunter Weiss

Committed
NCAA D1
University of Notre Dame

Cole Caufield

Drafted
NHL
Montreal Canadiens

Will Spitzer

Committed
NCAA D3
University of New England

Blade Jenkins

Drafted
NHL
New York Islanders

Cal Dybicz

Committed
NCAA D1
Michigan State University

Jack Randl

Committed
NCAA D1
University of Michigan

Philippe Lapointe

Committed
NCAA D1
University of Michigan

Zach Dubinsky

Committed
NCAA D1
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Nicholas Grabko

Committed
NCAA D1
Bentley University

Tyler Carpenter

Committed
NCAA D1
University of Notre Dame

Jack Drury

Committed
NCAA D1
Harvard University

Curtis Hall

Committed
NCAA D1
Yale University

Brady Tkachuk

Drafted
NHL
Ottawa Senators

Logan Britt

Committed
NCAA D1
Quinnipiac University

Sam Martel

Committed
NCAA D3
UW-Eau Claire

Tyce Thompson

Drafted
NHL
New Jersey Devils

Jackson Decker

Committed
NCAA D1
Canisius College

Joey Keane

Drafted
NHL
Carolina Hurricanes

Ben Perkins

Committed
NCAA D3
Lake Forest College

Bryce Grennan

Committed
NCAA D1
Umass-Dartmouth

Gavin Gulash

Committed
NCAA D1
Robert Morris University

Building a reputation

since 2003

Development
"Our son just finished participating with the Jr. Blackhawk Brick Team, as an import, that has played with other Brick organizations. That being said, we have had many experiences and what we experienced here, with this organization, was very impressive. The coaches gave the kids not only great hockey development but also great role models."

Patrick

Chicago Brick FAQs

The 2013 birth year tournament will take place from July 1st - July 8th. This is not your typical spring/summer tournament as the Brick is a week-long event (seven day) tournament. Players/families would need to arrive typically one-two days before the opening round-robin game. We typically set up a practice the day before the tournament starts in the West Edmonton Mall. The championship game takes place on the final day of the tournament at 12:30 pm and is followed by the closing ceremonies. All players/teams are required to participate in the closing ceremonies and on ice jersey swap. Flights departing Edmonton should not be booked prior to 6:00pm on the final day.

The tournament will once again be played in its entirety under the dome at the West Edmonton Mall Ice Palace in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

There are six round robin games played and then a semi final and championship game. There are two divisions of 7 teams and you play the six other teams in your division. The top two teams advance to the semi finals. Teams will play one game per day (except for one day that you play twice) during the round robin portion of the tournament. Last year over two hundred young players gained terrific experience and friendships when they participated in this Tournament and this year we plan to make it an equally memorable one.

While some other tournaments call themselves an invitational, they do not compare to the selection process of the Brick. There are 14 Charters that are extended to the top programs in North America and only those can bring teams to the tournament each year. Outside of our Chicago Brick team...they are:

Boston Jr. Bruins, Western Selects, Team Alberta, Connecticut Jr Rangers, Detroit Jr. Red Wings, Team Quebec, Team Minnesota, Team Manitoba, Saskatchewan Jr. Pats, Toronto Bulldogs, Toronto Pro Hockey Development, Vancouver Jr. Canucks and Team Pennsylvania.

Each of the aforementioned teams who play at the Brick have a geographical protected area that they can select players from. In addition to that teams are allowed an “import”.  An “import” is any player who lives outside of the team's protected area. The Chicago Brick protected area includes Illinois, Wisconsin, and Missouri. We are permitted to take three (3) import players from outside of the protected area. All players for the 2013 team must be born in 2013.

Step 1: In preparation for the tournament that is still months away, our preparation and evaluation began with our Brick Futures program in the spring/summer of 2022. Additionally, our CCM Chicago Staff have been scouting and evaluating players throughout numerous events, Tier 2, and Tier 1 games. The first formal phase 1 Brick Evaluation Camp will take place on Tuesday, November 8th (Election Day) at Mount Prospect Ice Arena. This evaluation camp is a tryout to be selected for the second phase of the evaluation and selection process. The cost to attend this tryout will be $99 per player. Players will receive a tryout jersey and participate in two on-ice sessions. * If you are unable to attend the November 8th Evaluation Camp we will try and have our staff attend one of your upcoming games or speak to coaches who may be familiar with your child.  The Brick team will have well over 100 applicants for the November camp, and we want to review all of them—including yours—carefully.

Step 2: Following the November 8th Evaluation Camp, 34-40 players will be invited back to participate in the second phase of the CCM Chicago Brick tryout. The players selected will participate with the CCM Chicago program in four (4) events (Training and Tournaments). At the conclusion of the final event (May 12-14), the team will be selected on Monday, May 15th. More information on the spring/summer events included in this program/phase 2 will be provided at the November 8th tryout date. In addition to the 34-40 players selected back for the second phase, our staff will identify a group of reserve players that might be asked back for specific events. These players are still in consideration to be selected to the final roster.

The CCM Chicago team requires all players in our demographic area (IL, WI, MO) to try out during our evaluation periods. Per our program policy, we are not able to sign a waiver granting permission to play for any other Brick franchise unless the player has attended our tryouts. And, likewise, if a player were to have attended our camp and declined a roster spot offered to them, there would  be no waiver extended. These tenets are used by most, if not all, of the Brick franchises.

 

If a player did attend our tryout evaluation and made our team, we welcome your family wholeheartedly and conversely if you attend but are not selected, we will absolutely sign a waiver for him to play elsewhere or, as an advocate, help that player find a team.  These are the policies and principles that guide us, and the Brick tournament is very serious about these matters.

A complete schedule of training and competition weekends decided by 200x85 (April thru June) will be provided once the final team is determined. Participation and attendance at all tournaments and practices (for those players selected) is mandatory for all players.  The Brick is a big commitment and the 200x85 staff needs time to prepare and have these players ready to compete in Edmonton.  We will also be setting up some team building programs as the players and families spend a lot of time together.  Player costs, budget and schedules will be presented to all families after final selections are complete.

200 x 85 LLC’s Kevin Mann has set up a group of evaluators who make final team selections.  This team is not pre-selected before the actual evaluations and our program is absolutely not affiliated with any in-season team, coach or club. Everyone is welcome to register for the evaluations and be part of this most memorable and exciting hockey experience.   We will take the players who have been pre-scouted, recommended from a group of Squirt Tier I and Tier II Coaches, players who show up for Evaluation/ID Camps and those who advance to our final tryout.  It is our task is to form a panel without any agendas and find people who will have an unfiltered vision.  The biggest thing is to make sure we have evaluators who know the Squirt 2013 level, first and foremost. Our evaluators are all committed to serving the best interest of the Chicago Brick— not any individual interests or those of their team clubs/associations. 

The 2014 Chicago Brick Futures is specifically designed to highlight the hockey abilities and talents of today's rising Illinois players and tomorrow's Chicago Brick stars.  The Brick Futures will also have a regional scouting network and Staff to watch and evaluate not only current Brick year (13’s) but the Future 14's. Every 2014 age player is eligible for selection.  The Brick Futures are an incredibly important part of our program to see who the top players are to eventually represent our state in Edmonton for the actual Brick Tournament.

Step 1: The 2014 CCM Chicago Brick FUTURES initial Evaluation/ID camp will take place on Tuesday, November 8th (Election Day) at Mount Prospect Ice Arena. Following this evaluation camp, players MAY be invited back to participate with the CCM Chicago Brick FUTURES program for the spring/summer of 2023. This program is designed to train and develop players for the following year’s brick tryout process. Players identified and selected to the 2014 Brick FUTURES program will participate in spring/summer training and tournament events in 2023. More information on this schedule of events will be provided at the November tryout.

Our staff will identify roughly 34 players and 12 reserve players.

YES - Our staff will provide other opportunities for all the reserve players, and additionally for other 2014s throughout the Spring and Summer of 2023. We are aware that a lot can change over the course of 2-3 months; not to mention the difference and development over the course of a full year. Selection to the Brick Futures program does NOT guarantee selection to Phase 2 the following summer. In the same vein, players may be selected the following year to the Brick team after not being selected to the Futures program this year.

NO, the Chicago Brick team is the only sanctioned program (for the past 12 years) that can bring an Illinois team to the actual Brick Tournament in Edmonton, Alberta. One of the incredibly special things about the Brick Invitational Hockey Tournament perhaps even more so than the Quebec Peewee or the CCM World Hockey Invite tournament, is that they have managed to keep their tournament uniquely special for 31 years.  Exclusive to the point that hockey people get excited about attending the tournament years in advance. These program names look confusingly similar but in reality, 200x85 has the only rights to the Brick Invitational Hockey Tournament held annually in Edmonton, Alberta for Squirt Minor age players (this year 2013).

Thanks to team and individual fundraising, we are able to offer this program in the $3500 budget range per player.  Final player fees and budget will be presented to all families after team selection.  Again, no player will be turned away due to financial hardships and we will assist any family in need.

This includes:

  • Team practices right up until departure.
  • Raffle tickets and Prizing for all Fundraising – Players keep 100% of proceeds.
  • 1 hotel room for 8 nights at the Fantasyland Hotel in the West Edmonton Mall (this alone is close to $2000 per player).
  • Team Jerseys, Socks and Pant Shell
  • Team Outfitting (Backpacks, Tee, Shorts, Hoody, Warm Ups)
  • Trading Pins - Helmet Decals
  • Team Tournament Entry Fee and DVD
  • Water Park Passes for Team Beach Party
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Coaches Expenses (travel, hotel and per diem)
  • Pre Tournament Ice including Training Weekends and 3 Tournament Entry Fees.

 

Costs do not include:

  • Airfare
  • Transportation to and from hotel (all games played at the West Edmonton Mall)
  • Additional hotel rooms if needed
  • Meals
  • Black Helmet

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