Telus Cup Receives Additional Provincial Funding
Prince George, B.C. – The provincial government is kicking in more money for the hosting of the 2017 Telus Cup, the 44th National Midget Hockey Championship, in Prince George April 24th to 30th.
Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and the Minister Responsible for Labour, Shirley Bond, made the announcement at the Kin 1 Arena Saturday afternoon prior to the Cariboo Cougars league game against the Thompson Blazers.
With tournament organizers and sponsors, Mayor Lyn Hall and Councillor Susan Scott, members of the Cariboo Cougars and Thompson Blazers and other guests on hand, Bond said “we in Prince George are very, very proud that we are going to host, yet again, another national competition, and at the rate these young men behind us are playing right now I think all of us have every reason to believe that they’re going to earn their way into that tournament, not just be the hosts.”
With that Bond noted that “early last year we recognized the importance of hosting the Telus Cup here in Prince George and the government at that time provided $30,000 through our hosting program to help our organizing committee do the job that they want to do.”
She added “but we have a program called the Tourism Events program and what it does is it recognizes fantastic national events that bring visitors and competitors to our province.” She said the organizing committee made an application to that program “and today I am very proud to tell you that the organizing committee was successful in their application for funding from the Tourism Events Program.”
“So, in addition to the $30.000 that’s been provided, today we’re pleased to add another $55,000 to the funding. So in total it’ll be $86,000 from the Province of British Columbia to ensure that the tournament is a success.”
As the host team the Cariboo Cougars will compete against regional champions from the Atlantic, Quebec, Central, West and Pacific regions in the national championship tournament. The gold medal game will be broadcast nationally on TSN.