© Katie Brickman
The Moose Jaw Generals salute the crowd after having their season end in a 4-2 loss to the Chateauguay Grenadiers. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
The Telus Cup was a big success for the Moose Jaw community.
Teams fought for the championship in the Midget AAA hockey division while playing at Mosaic Place. Each team played five preliminary round games and from those, the top four teams fought in the semi-finals on Saturday. The championship game was held on Sunday afternoon.
Even though itâs unfortunate the Moose Jaw Generals were eliminated from the Telus Cup on Friday, the event was still positive for the city.
People came from all parts of Canada to play in and to watch the national championship game. In the end, which team won the championship wasnât the most important part of the week.
Events like these are good for the cityâs economic and tourism sector. Before the event began, it was estimated the Telus Cup could bring in up to $1.7 million to Moose Jaw in economic spinoffs.
An estimated 2,000 or more people watched the teams play and try to make it to the championship. The Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre had a Molson Hockey House open during the tournament with a beer garden for adult fans.
Now it has come to a close. The committee and its volunteers deserve a pat on the back for all of their hard work. Most of us donât have any idea on how much work goes into making a big event like this happen. The Telus Cup host committee made the bid to bring the Cup to the Friendly City two and a half years ago.
Moose Jaw has had its share of national events coming to the city, such as the Canada Cup of Curling in 2012. In 2015, the Scotties Tournament of Hearts will be at Mosaic Place as well.
Undoubtedly, a lot of hard work will go into the planning of this event too so it can be added to the list of successful city events.
And those events wouldnât be possible without the dedicated volunteers and support from the community.
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