Tickets now available for national championship
Moose Jaw just made sense for Hockey Canada.
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Last April, Hockey Canada announced that the 2014 Telus Cup was awarded to the Moose Jaw Generals.
“We went through the bid process and when we received the bid from Moose Jaw, we just worked through that process. They showed a strong bid and commitment to answering the questions that we had from the bid,” stated Jeff Beck, manager of marketing and events with Hockey Canada. “With the background of Moose Jaw and the strong hockey community that it is, it was a choice that we thought was a good one for the game and for the Telus Cup.”
On Tuesday, the national organization announced the full schedule and that former Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman Morgan Rielly would be the event ambassador.
“Him having played in the event with Notre Dame three years ago and winning the championship and him playing here in Moose Jaw made it a no-brainer for us,” explained Beck. “It shows the strength of this event and the quality of players that will come through.”
The bid process took between four and six months to complete and having Mosaic Place built in 2011 helped with the decision by Hockey Canada.
“I think locally, having the new arena and the want to showcase the building to the national audience was part of their bid,” said Beck.
Throughout the process, representatives from Hockey Canada also looked at how many spectators the Generals get for games as well as the program that has been established by coaches Ray Wareham and Jeremy Ebbett.
“We definitely take a look at the host team strengths in the last few years,” said Beck.
Although the Generals do not attract as many fans as the Warriors do, it was still an attracting place to host the Telus Cup.
“They are right in line with other teams, but with knowing the strong partnership with the Warriors and their commitment to assist with the event … knowing that we have a partner and ability to attract that season ticket base as well definitely fills in those gaps,” stated Beck.
This the first time that the Telus Cup has been held in Moose Jaw and the first time the Generals will play on the national midget championship stage.
This is just the third time the tournament has been held in Saskatchewan in the 41 year history.
“With the Telus Cup, we are on a rotation, so we go through the five different regions over a five year period,” Beck explained. “So, it will go into Quebec next year then the Maritimes then start back west again.”
The last time Hockey Canada conducted a study on the economical impact of hosting a Telus Cup, it was around the $1.5 million mark.
Tickets for the 2014 Telus Cup are available at www.hockeycanada.ca/teluscup
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