CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada, in partnership with Hockey New Brunswick, officially announced Monday that Quispamsis, N.B., will host the 2016 TELUS Cup, Canada’s 43rd National Midget Championship, from April 18-24, 2016.
The host Saint John Vito’s of the New Brunswick/Prince Edward Island Major Midget Hockey League will be joined by five regional champions (Atlantic, Central, Pacific, Quebec and West) to compete for the gold medal at the 1,140-seat qplex.
Quispamsis will be the third New Brunswick city to host the national championship, joining Moncton (1977, 1986) and Bathurst (2002).
“Hockey Canada is well known across the country,” said Aaron Kennedy, chair of the 2016 TELUS Cup host organizing committee. “All of our volunteers recognize the responsibility that comes with hosting a prestigious event such as the TELUS Cup. We promise to work hard during the next 11 months to ensure the 2016 tournament is a point of pride for Quispamsis and New Brunswick.”
“Hockey New Brunswick is honoured to be the host branch for the 2016 TELUS Cup. We look forward to having a high caliber of Midget hockey, and competitive games,” said Nic Jansen, executive director of Hockey New Brunswick. “Congratulations to the host committee for winning the bid, a huge thank you goes out to them already for the initial prep work and anticipated planning that goes along with a tournament of this magnitude. We look forward to having the top Midget-aged players from around this great nation here and know that Quispamsis will host a top notch event.”
“We are thrilled to be hosting the TELUS Cup in Quispamsis,” said Murray Driscoll, mayor of Quispamsis. “This is a marquee Hockey Canada event and we are so proud it will be held in our community. We can’t wait to show our qplex facility, and our town, to the athletes, coaches and fans who will be visiting us from across the country.”
“Atlantic Canada has always had a passion for Midget hockey, and we are excited to be bringing the TELUS Cup to New Brunswick for the first time in 14 years,” said Tom Renney, president and CEO of Hockey Canada. “The TELUS Cup is one of our most prestigious national championships, and I’m sure the host committee in Quispamsis will do a tremendous job on the 43rd edition.”
The tournament will begin April 18 with the West Region champions taking on the Central Region champions at noon AT, while the host Vito’s will make their national championship debut against the Atlantic Region champions at 7:30 p.m. AT.
Ticket information for the 2016 TELUS Cup will be announced in the coming months.
A number of future NHLers have taken part in Canada’s National Midget Championship since its inception in 1974, including 53 first-round draft picks, three No. 1 selections (Gord Kluzak, Wendel Clark and Sidney Crosby) and eight future Hockey Hall of Fame inductees(Glenn Anderson, Ron Francis, Mike Gartner, Al MacInnis, Larry Murphy, Patrick Roy, Joe Sakic and Steve Yzerman).