MORDEN, Man. – For the first time in tournament history the Esso Cup is headed to Manitoba, with the Pembina Valley Hawks trying to become the first host team to win Canada’s National Female Midget Championship when the tournament comes to Morden from April 23-29, 2017.
“The Town of Morden has a strong history of hosting events and Hockey Manitoba is confident it will once again present an exceptional atmosphere that will guarantee a positive, successful and memorable tournament,” said Peter Woods, executive director of Hockey Manitoba. “Morden and the host Pembina Valley Hawks will provide all the ingredients as an exceptional host for the 2017 Esso Cup.”
“As plans are confirmed and announcements made, the excitement in the community is building; we look forward to hosting the teams in Morden and the Pembina Valley region,” said Clare Agnew, chair of the host organizing committee.
Canada’s National Female Midget Championship, which brings together the best young female hockey players in the country, will feature the host Hawks and five regional champions (Atlantic, Ontario, Pacific, Quebec and West) at the Access Event Centre. The 2017 Esso Cup schedule is highlighted by Pembina Valley facing off against the West Region champions in its opening game on April 23.
“With the announcement of the schedule, the Hawks organization is excited to continue its run towards the Esso Cup and its first game against the West reps,” said Dana Bell, head coach of the Pembina Valley Hawks. “The battle of the west is always good hockey and our team is excited start the week off with a great game.”
The host organizing committee is putting a call out to volunteers in all areas from game operations, special events, transportation and ticket sales to ensure a fantastic experience for teams and fans visiting Morden.
Preliminary-round play will wrap up Thursday, April 27 before the semifinals on Friday, April 28, with the bronze-medal game and gold-medal game scheduled for Saturday, April 29. The gold-medal game can be seen on TSN/RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada; check local listing for broadcast times. All preliminary-round games, as well as the semifinals and bronze-medal game, will be available through HockeyTV webcast at HockeyCanada.ca/EssoCup.