SUDBURY, Ont. –
The town of Nickel — which is just months away from hosting the TELUS Cup, Canada’s National Midget Championship — also won the 2019 Esso Cup, Canada’s National Female Midget Championship, Hockey Canada announced Tuesday.
“It’s not an easy task to host back-to-back National Midget Championships, but we know the Sudbury fans and Northern Ontario hockey community are up to the task and will fully support the events.” , said Dean McIntosh, Vice President. -president of events and properties for Hockey Canada. “The TELUS Cup and Esso Cup are prestigious events and we look forward to bringing them to the Sudbury area.
The Esso Cup brings together the top five women’s Midget hockey teams from across the country (Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, West and Pacific) along with the host team, the Sudbury Lady Wolves, for seven days of exciting hockey action. The 2019 edition of the tournament will take place April 21-27 at the Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex in Sudbury.
“We are thrilled to host this prestigious event in Sudbury, a city with a strong history of excellence in women’s hockey,” said Fran Rider, President and CEO of the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association. “We look forward to welcoming teams from across Canada as we leave a positive legacy for the city, surrounding communities and the sport.”
Historically, the Esso Cup has generated over $1 million in local economic benefits through the provision of services to athletes, families and fans who travel to the community for the event.
“What a tremendous honor for the City of Greater Sudbury to have been selected as the host of the 2019 Esso Cup,” said Mayor Brian Bigger. “This prestigious event will showcase not only our wonderful hockey-crazy town, but also our typical Northern Ontario hospitality and the exceptional hockey talent that exists across Canada.
2018 TELUS Cup schedule, tickets available
Northern Ontario hockey fans don’t have to wait until 2019 to experience high caliber Midget hockey. Organizers of the 2018 TELUS Cup, taking place April 23-29 at the Sudbury Community Arena, have released the full event schedule and ticket packages.
“I believe the 2018 TELUS Cup will bring another exciting and enjoyable week of exceptional hockey to Sudbury. I had the chance to coach the host team when we hosted two decades ago, and I know what an incredible opportunity it is not only for the players and coaching staff, but also for the community. I’m honored to have the opportunity to give others the same experience I was blessed with 20 years ago when I was a coach. said 2018 TELUS Cup Tournament Co-Chair Barry McCrory.
Sudbury host Nickel Capital Wolves will open their quest for Canada’s National Midget Championship against the Pacific Region champions at 7 p.m. ET on April 23. Wolves won a silver medal when they last hosted the event in 1998 and made five total appearances at the event, winning gold in Arnprior, Ont., in 2008.
“It is an honor for the community of Sudbury to represent all of Northern Ontario in hosting this prestigious tournament, bringing together six teams from across the country to showcase the highest level of hockey Canada has to offer in minor hockey. said NOHA President Claudette Myré. “I know that Sudbury and all of Northern Ontario will show the players and families of the respective teams our northern hospitality.
Ticket packages are now available for purchase online at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets, and start for as low as $35 with special early bird pricing available for the first 300 purchased or Dec. 15, whichever comes first. As with all Hockey Canada National Championships, all net proceeds from ticket sales remain in the host community as a legacy to support programs that promote the growth of hockey in the community.
“It feels like the official start of the countdown to the 2018 TELUS Cup as we get ever closer to the face-off,” said Tony Foresi, president of the Ontario Hockey Federation. “The Host Committee is working hard to create a memorable event not only for the players, but also for their families, friends and fans. We urge anyone who loves our great game to buy their tickets early and plan a trip to Sudbury in April 2018.”
For more information on Hockey Canada and the two National Midget Championships, please visit HockeyCanada.ca/TELUS Cup and HockeyCanada.ca/Esso Cup, or join the social communities at Twitter.com/HC_CoupeTELUS and Twitter.com/HC_CoupeEsso.