The Host Committee that put the bid in to host the 2021 National Junior A Championship through Hockey Canada announced today that they were not successful in landing the bid.
“We were notified late last week by Hockey Canada that we were not the chosen community to host the event.” Tali Campbell, Nanaimo Bid Committee Co-Chair and Nanaimo Clippers Director of Business Operations said, “Hockey Canada said this time there were a lot of great bids and it wasn’t an easy decision.”
The Nanaimo 2021 National Junior A Championship Bid Committee which had members from the Nanaimo Clippers Junior A Hockey Team, City of Nanaimo, Tourism Nanaimo, Nanaimo Hospitality Association and community members worked for two months on the 100+ page package that was submitted to Hockey Canada at the end of April.
Clippers Head Coach Darren Naylor and Tali Campbell also traveled to Brooks Alberta to take in this year’s National Junior A Championship where they met with Brooks Host Committee, Hockey Canada Members and tons of volunteers.
“At the end of the day, simply sucks to not get this event. When receiving the news, the only thing I wanted to do was lock my office and just sit there.” Commented Tali Campbell “With that being said though, it amazed me that so many community members came together to put this package together. It truly showed how amazing our City really is.”
Hockey Canada is going to provide the committee with a full rundown of things to work on, and after that the committee will meet and review “Will we apply in the future, I hope so.” Campbell said, “The Clippers are committed to bringing this event to Nanaimo and feel other groups/organizations will feel the same.”
At this time Hockey Canada has not yet announced the successful community but is expected to-do so within a few weeks “the 2021 event won’t be in Nanaimo, but I hope the National Junior A Championship Trophy will still be by us [Clippers] going to the successful community and winning it all.” chuckled Tali Campbell.