About Esso Minor Hockey Week

Esso Minor Hockey Week is the largest minor hockey tournament in the world which sees over 13,000 kids, 653 teams, 4000 coaches and over 6,000 volunteers. Esso Minor Hockey Week is the Stanley Cup of minor hockey and is taking place between Jan. 12-19, 2019.

For minor hockey players in Calgary, Esso Minor Hockey Week is the most exciting week of hockey during the season. This week determines the best teams in every division. The competition, excitement and anxiety has the whole city on the edge of their “benches.”

Hockey Calgary has been putting this tournament on for 48 years. Esso Minor Hockey Week has a spot in the hearts of all Calgarians. People who played, coached, officiated and cheered during this event 30 years ago are now cheering on the next generation of athletes. This tournament brings people together and creates minor hockey memories for years to come.

Esso Minor Hockey Week By The Numbers:

Years in existence - 49 years including 2019 ** Esso sponsored the last 40**              
Number of players – more than 13,000                   
Number of teams - 653
Number of Divisions - 60
Number of associations - 21
Number of HC Directors – 12
Number of League Chairpersons & Co-ordinators - 65
Number of full time staff – 5
Number of coaches - 3,265
Number of team managers - 653
Number of parents/grandparents - Countless
Number of volunteers - Countless
Number of games played - 902
Number of rinks - 54 ice surfaces at 35 venues
Number of Championship games - 60
Number of referees - over 950

2019 Opening Ceremonies

Opening Ceremonies:

Date : Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019

Time: 3 p.m.

Location: Flames Community Gold Arena

Feature Game -

  • Rob Kerr's Media team vs Jamie Macoun NHL Alumni Game - 3:15 p.m.
  • Opening Ceremonies kick off game featuring the Novice Minor 3 division - 4:45 p.m.