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Minot native Colin Grubb playing at prestigious Brick Invitational

Minot youth hockey player Colin Grubb will lace up his skates this week and compete with Team Manitoba in the Brick Invitational Hockey Tournament.

The Brick, celebrating its 30th anniversary this season, is one of the most prestigious novice hockey tournaments in North America and showcases the top 10-year-old players (2009 born).

The tournament is being held July 1 through July 7 at the Ice Palace in the West Edmonton Mall, Alberta, Canada.

Fourteen teams from across Canada, the Midwest and Northeast are in attendance. They will play a six-game, round-robin schedule before going to a playoff system to decide the tournament champion.

Colin Grubb, the son of Minot High School boys hockey co-head coach John Grubb, earned an import player slot as a forward on Team Manitoba. Only a handful of North Dakota kids (four or five) have ever competed in the tournament, according to John Grubb’s recollection.

What makes the Brick Invitational stand out is the growing list of current and former NHL players who played in this tournament when they were kids. Some of the many notable names include Steven Stamkos, Johnny Gaudreau, P.K. Subban, Jonathan Toews, Dustin Byfuglien, Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Drouin.

More information and updates from the tournament can be found online at pointstreaksites.com/view/brickinvitational.

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