Hockey Canada has announced the official tournament schedule for the 2022 Centennial Cup, presented by Tim Hortons, set for May 19-29 in Estevan, Sask., marking the 11th time the prairie province has hosted Canada’s National Junior A Championship.
The event is a partnership between Hockey Canada, the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL), Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), Hockey Saskatchewan and the City of Estevan. The 2022 tournament, the 50th edition, will be a 10-team tournament, with the host Estevan Bruins welcoming the champions of the nine CJHL leagues.
“On behalf of the local tournament organizing committee, the City of Estevan and the Estevan Bruins, we are looking forward to hosting Canada’s National Junior A Championship in our community,” said tournament co-chair Cory Prokop. “We are preparing to host a 10-team field for the first time in the event’s long history, and know this will be 11 days of exciting hockey. We invite the entire country to come and cheer for your favourite team and to experience the hospitality of our community.”
Twenty games highlight preliminary-round play at the Centennial Cup, presented by Tim Hortons, beginning May 19 when the champions of the Ontario Junior Hockey League and Superior International Junior Hockey League face off at noon MT. That game is followed by the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League and SJHL at 4 p.m. MT, with the champions from the Ligue de hockey junior AAA du Québec and Alberta Junior Hockey League wrapping up the opening day at 7:30 p.m. MT.
“We are looking forward to the entire nation being focused on this year’s championship as a result of the participation of all nine leagues in the event, as well as our initial undertaking with Tim Hortons in the awarding of the Centennial Cup,” said CJHL president Brent Ladds.
The host Bruins begin their quest for their first national championship on May 20 when they face off against the LHJAAAQ in their tournament opener. The quarterfinals and semifinals are set for May 27 and 28, followed by the championship game at 7:30 p.m. MT on May 29. TSN and RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcast partners will broadcast the final, with all preliminary- and playoff-round games livestreamed at HockeyCanada.ca.
“The Centennial Cup, presented by Tim Hortons, is one of Canada’s most prestigious national championships, and fans have the opportunity to experience the best Junior A hockey in the country,” said Dean McIntosh, vice-president of events and properties for Hockey Canada. “It is an exciting time to announce the schedule and finally be one step closer to this year’s tournament, a unique event with hockey fans being able to watch each of the CJHL’s league champions in this competition.”