by Jeff Hubert
April 10, 2014, Toronto, ON (ISN) – The Canadian Hockey League in association with SUBWAY® Restaurants along with the Western Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League today announced five of the six Canadian host centres for the 2014 SUBWAY® Super Series to be played November 10-20, 2014.
The six-game series, which features regional teams of Canadian National Junior Team candidates competing against the Russian National Junior Team, opens for the first time with two games hosted by the WHL beginning in Saskatoon, SK, home of the Blades, on Monday November 10, with the second WHL host site for Game 2 on Tuesday November 11, still to be determined.
The series shifts to the OHL who will maintain the middle leg of the series with Game 3 to be hosted by the Peterborough Petes on Thursday November 13, followed by Game 4 hosted by the Kingston Frontenacs on Monday November 17. For the first time next season the competition will end in the QMJHL with Game 5 hosted by the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Tuesday November 18, followed by the Game 6 series finale to be hosted by the Rimouski Oceanic on Thursday November 20.
“On behalf of the Canadian Hockey League we look forward to bringing the SUBWAY® Super Series to CHL communities for the 12th straight season next November,” said CHL President David Branch. “The CHL would like to thank title sponsor SUBWAY® Restaurants and partner Hockey Canada for their continued support as well as broadcast partners Sportsnet and TVA Sports as we showcase many of the league’s best players to CHL fans across the country in advance of the World Junior Championship hosted by Montreal and Toronto.”
The SUBWAY® Super Series has been an integral part of the identification process for Team Canada for the past 11 years prior to the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. In each of the last four seasons the series has been decided in the final game with the CHL emerging victorious for the ninth time in 2013 winning by a 10-8 margin in points.
Team Canada also faced Russia for the fourth straight time at the World Junior Championship this season in Malmo, Sweden, with Russia earning the bronze medal with a 2-1 victory over Canada. Russia’s roster featured 10 players from the 2013 SUBWAY® Super Series along with Mikhail Grigorenko who participated in the event in 2011 and 2012, while Canada’s roster included 21 players from last year’s series along with Mathew Dumba who also played for Team WHL in 2011 and 2012.
“For the sixth year running, SUBWAY® Restaurants will join hockey fans across Canada in cheering on our country’s top major junior players,” said Kathleen Bell, Director of National Marketing, SUBWAY® Restaurants of Canada. “As the Official Training Restaurant of the CHL, we are delighted to lend our support to the SUBWAY® Super Series and continue to fuel CHL fans and athletes across the country.”
2014 will mark the first time that Kingston and Acadie-Bathurst will host a SUBWAY® Super Series contest. Rimouski hosted in the first year of competition back in 2003 with Oceanic star Sidney Crosby earning player of the game honours with three assists for Team QMJHL in the 6-3 victory. Peterborough and Saskatoon both hosted the event in 2005 with a pair of hometown heroes leading their respective leagues to victory. The Petes’ Liam Reddox scored two goals as player of the game in a 5-1 OHL win, and the Blades’ Devin Setoguchi scored a hat-trick as player of the game for Team WHL in the 9-2 triumph.
All six games of the SUBWAY ® Super Series will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet and TVA Sports. The 2014 SUBWAY® Super Series is supported by CHL associate sponsors Bank of Montreal and Old Dutch.
2014 SUBWAY® Super Series Schedule of Games:
- Game 1 – Monday November 10 at Saskatoon, SK
- Game 2 – Tuesday November 11 at TBD
- Game 3 – Thursday November 13 at Peterborough, ON
- Game 4 – Monday November 17 at Kingston, ON
- Game 5 – Tuesday November 18 at Bathurst, NB
- Game 6 – Thursday November 20 at Rimouski, QC