Telus Cup Just Days Away
Prince George, B.C. – On Monday, the puck will drop to open the Telus Cup in Prince George, the tournament that determines the National Midget Hockey champions.
“We’ve been working on bringing the Telus Cup to Prince George for two years” says Telus Cup Committee Co-Chair, Shawn Rice. He says the work over those two years has involved many members of the community ” A lot of volunteer work a lot of community support both from our sponsorship side, we’ve got tremendous support from the community on sponsorship. This event will cost us about half a million dollars and between our in kind donations, and cash donations, we will create a really nice legacy for this community and the kids in this community.”
The Midget hockey season in Canada started with 150 teams, and now, the best of the best will see six teams battle it out over the next week with a dream to be Telus Cup Champions.
Yes, the host team is allowed to take part in the tourney, but the Cariboo Cougars did not take the easy way into this championship. The Cariboo Cougars, are coming off a record breaking season, they are the BC Champions and heading into this tournament as serious contenders. They play their first game Monday evening at 7:30 against the Leduc Oil Kings.
“People can expect to see some incredible hockey” says Rice “We’ve got the best of the best 15 to 17 year olds coming from across Canada. Maybe we’ll see another Sid Crosby, Patrick Roy, Wendell Clark, players like that who played in the Telus Cup in the past, Joe Sakic from B.C. played in this event. We could be seeing some future Hall of Fame NHLers play here in Prince George.”
This is the second time Prince George has hosted the championship. The city hosted what was then called the Air Canada Cup in 2001. “We are one of a handful, maybe four or five communities across Canada that have hosted this event for the second time. It shows what Hockey Canada thinks of Prince George. They came here and saw what we had done with the Canada Winter Games it just highlighted what Prince George can do and what our abilities are when it comes to volunteers, when it comes to community support. They were excited to award it to us for the second time.”
The event will give the City an economic boost says rice “It means a lot to Prince George, an event like this usually carries about $2 million dollars in economic benefit to the community. Also, Prince George is a hockey community and anytime you have a major event like this, it just showcases how much Prince George and the community comes together for an event like hockey and we always talk about ourselves as being the volunteer capital of B.C. and this event shows it again. We’ve got volunteers coming out who have just finished volunteering for the Prince George Cougars, the Cariboo Cougars and the Spruce Kings and they are all coming together to make this the best event ever.”
All games are being played at the CN Centre. There are still tickets available. Tournament passes are available for $79 dollars and are available at the CN Centre box office. Tickets are also available for individual games.
The full schedule for the tournament can be accessed here.