The first edition of the GT20 Canada tournament was a learning curve for its organizers, but was a tremendous boon for cricket and for the sport in Canada. For fans, it was a terrific time to see global stars in an intimate environment. Going forward, the tournament will surely grow and could very conceivably become a fixture on the summer calendar for Canada. For any cricket fan, a trip to Toronto is an absolute must. It is an entrancing summer city and the cricket on offer is second-to-none. If this is the start of cricket’s renaissance in Canada, the future is very bright!
Past temples of the game still host regular hockey in Toronto; Maple Leaf Gardens and Varsity Arena are two great examples, but no arena manages to retain its historical flair and combine it with modern conveniences quite like Ricoh Coliseum, the home of the legendary Toronto Marlborough Hockey Club, later known as the Marlboros, then the Marlies.
Canada’s domestic sporting scene has been abuzz lately with news of the launch of the Canadian Premier League, and its promise to bring top-level soccer to cities across the country. However, another new league will be launching later this month and promising to bring an internationally-popular sport to the country, and in fact to revive its original national sport.
From coast to coast, hockey’s religious status across Canada is unquestioned. Storied clubs and a long history can be found in every city and town, but if there is one place that could truly be called hockey’s heartland, it must be Saskatchewan.
Combine the cross-Canadian appeal of the football’s Grey Cup with the Canadian love for hockey, and throw in a hearty dose of appreciation for Canadian military history, and you have one very Canadian combination. Consider that this combination exists in trophy form, and that said trophy has been hoisted 99 times by Canada’s junior hockey champions, and place the hundredth edition of the storied tournament in the heartland of the country, and you have one epic occasion to celebrate a century of junior hockey in the country.