The Canadian Hockey League today announced details regarding several of the league’s 100th Mastercard Memorial Cup initiatives including the appointment of Canadian hockey icon Don Cherry as Honourary Chairman of the CHL’s 100th Mastercard Memorial Cup celebrations.
“This is a very special season in Canadian Hockey League history as we commemorate the 100th presentation of the Memorial Cup,” said CHL President David Branch. “As we aim to fulfill our goals to capture, preserve, and enhance the legacy of this prestigious trophy while honouring the brave men and women who served and continue to serve our country, it is only fitting that Don Cherry be at the forefront of our celebrations.”
Before establishing his legacy as the star of Hockey Night in Canada, Cherry was a Memorial Cup champion as a member of the 1953 Barrie Flyers. The Kingston, Ont., native’s longstanding and unwavering support of Canadians in uniform have earned him Honourary Lifetime Membership into the Royal Canadian Legion and the appointment as an Honourary Patricia by the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. Cherry was also instrumental in bringing the CHL to the Greater Toronto Area as part of the Mississauga IceDogs ownership group in 1998, and is recognized with Bobby Orr as a builder of the Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game which began as an annual showcase in 1996.
As part of the CHL’s 100th Mastercard Memorial Cup celebrations, the league has also announced the 17 CHL communities that will comprise the Memorial Cup Tour which begins November 18 in Barrie. The Memorial Cup will visit various military bases and legions and provide fans the opportunity to see major junior hockey’s top prize as part of a unique game day experience.
The 17 CHL communities are spread across eight provinces with 13 of the stops coinciding with Sportsnet’s new CHL Saturday Showcase national broadcasts.
2017-18 Mastercard Memorial Cup Tour Schedule:
November 18 – Barrie, ON: Barrie Colts vs Kitchener Rangers*
November 25 – Calgary, AB: Calgary Hitmen vs Red Deer Rebels*
December 2 – Ottawa, ON: Ottawa 67’s vs Barrie Colts*
December 9 – Vancouver, BC: Vancouver Giants vs Kootenay Ice
December 16 – Moncton, NB: Moncton Wildcats vs Acadie-Bathurst Titan*
December 30 – Brandon, MB: Brandon Wheat Kings vs Moose Jaw Warriors*
January 6 – Quebec, QC: Quebec Remparts vs Sherbrooke Phoenix
January 13 – Kingston, ON: Kingston Frontenacs vs Oshawa Generals*
January 20 – Chicoutimi, QC: Chicoutimi Sagueneens vs Gatineau Olympiques
January 27 – Swift Current, SK: Swift Current Broncos vs Regina Pats*
February 3 – Sarnia, ON: Sarnia Sting vs London Knights*
February 10 – Edmonton, AB: Edmonton Oil Kings vs Red Deer Rebels*
February 18 – Regina, SK: Regina Pats vs. Moose Jaw Warriors**
February 24 – Halifax, NS: Halifax Mooseheads vs Gatineau Olympiques*
March 3 – Owen Sound, ON: Owen Sound Attack vs Guelph Storm*
March 10 – Bathurst, NB: Acadie-Bathurst Titan vs Halifax Mooseheads*
March 17 – St. Catharines, ON: Niagara IceDogs vs Mississauga Steelheads*
*Sportsnet Saturday Showcase Broadcast
A number of the CHL’s additional 100th Mastercard Memorial Cup celebration initiatives are taking shape.
To mark this special anniversary the CHL has partnered with CIBC, Official Bank of the CHL, to create a commemorative coin in remembrance of all those who have served. Coins will go on sale November 22 available online at www.cibc.com/preciousmetals and beginning November 23 can be purchased at CHL club stores.
While the 100th celebration logo has been proudly displayed on rinkboards across the country since the launch of the 2017-18 campaign, the logo has been converted to a sweater patch that will be worn by all clubs as well as on-ice officials for the duration of the season beginning with today’s Remembrance Day games.
The league has also launched the first segment of the champions video series designed to highlight past winners. Get to know some of the names engraved on the cup and enjoy the moments of glory from some of history’s most memorable victories beginning with the 2010 Windsor Spitfires. The weekly videos will debut online and play on videoboards in arenas across the CHL.
The centennial celebration at the 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup will take place May 17-27, 2018
, and will feature the host Regina Pats who competed in the very first Memorial Cup championship in 1919, along with the 2018 champions from the Western Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
The Memorial Cup has a rich tradition that has shaped the way junior hockey is played in North America. The trophy was original known as the OHA Memorial Cup and was donated by the Ontario Hockey Association in March, 1919, in remembrance of the many soldiers who paid the supreme sacrifice for Canada in the First Wold War. In 2010 the Memorial Cup was rededicated to the memory of all fallen Canadian Military Personnel.