Victoria is going to pursue junior hockey’s version of the Stanley Cup, the 2020 Memorial Cup, the 102nd edition.
The Memorial Cup is the holy grail for junior hockey in Canada for all three leagues that make up the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), the Western Hockey League that the Victoria Royals play in, the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). Each of the league champions, as well as the host city’s team, are entered.
Also in the hunt for the tournament are the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Kamloops Blazers and Kelowna Rockets.
The WHL board of governors will vote to determine who will get to host on October. 3rd.
John Wilson, the owner of Wilson’s Transportation Ltd will head the chair of the bid committee, it was announced on Thursday. He is also part owner of the Victoria Grizzlies, Peninsula Panthers and the Victoria HarbourCats.
Apparently, there has been much concern made about recent Memorial Cup tournaments and financial losses due to poor ticket sales, especially this year’s in Regina.
The committee will be seeking ticket pricing that will be favourable for all fans.
The Acadie-Bathurst Titan won the 100th edition this year at the Regina-hosted tournament.
The 2019 Memorial Cup will be hosted in Halifax, NS by the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL.