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Tickets still available for national tourney

Out of 143 teams, now stands six.

The 2014 Telus Cup is about to get underway at Mosaic Place beginning Monday afternoon.

The top five teams from the Atlantic, Quebec, Central, West and Pacific regions, along with the host Moose Jaw Generals, will be vying for the national midget AAA championship.

It hasn’t been an easy road for any of these teams — as they battled injuries, tough losses, stiff competition and some had long waits. However, these are the best of the best teams in the country in this age bracket.

The Toronto Young Nationals won the Central region, the Grenadiers de Châteauguay won Game 7 to be the Quebec region representative, the Okanagan Rockets had to defeat two monster teams— the Vancouver NW Giants and the two-time defending Telus Cup champions, the Red Deer Chiefs and the Prince Albert Mintos bested the Notre Dame Argos in the West region. The Halifax McDonalds defeated the Saint John Vitos to claim the Atlantic division.

Although the Generals will have waited 45 days prior to stepping on the ice for game action, I’m sure the players would appreciate any local support.

Some of these players will be the next stars in the Canadian Hockey League and possibly move on to the National Hockey League.

The talent that will be seen over the next week will be of high quality.

Ticket packages and single game tickets are still available through the Hockey Canada website or at the Mosaic Place box office. The organizing committee has set a firm price of $75 for all 19 games of the tournament.

Fans can’t get much more action for a cheaper price than that.

Even if fans only wanted to attend the five games that the Generals are guaranteed, it would still be cheaper to get the full package.

There has been some very elite alumni that has gone through the Telus Cup championship, including Sidney Crosby, Wendel Clark, Jordan Eberle, Patrick Roy and event ambassador and current Toronto Maple Leaf defenceman Morgan Rielly.

After the disappointing season that the Moose Jaw Warriors had and if hockey fans are still itching to see some local and good hockey, watching the Generals would be a good place to start.

The Generals finished fourth overall in the tight Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League standings and had a rough go in the playoffs, but this team is built to compete.

It will start in net with big expectations on the shoulders — and pads — of Grant Naherniak. Their big players — Rykr Cole, Regan Nagy and Donovan Neuls, along with some secondary scoring, will also need to have a good tournament.

The excitement is growing in each of the six dressing rooms and hopefully it is also growing in the community.

Enjoy the three games per day, or just one a day, but make sure to be at Mosaic Place on Sunday for the final game.

It will be a match you won’t want to miss.

Follow me on Twitter @katiebrickman.

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