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.
Earlier this week, the 2019 Memorial Cup Site Selection Committee announced Halifax, Nova Scotia will be hosting the 101st edition of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) tournament. The annual four-team round-robin type tournament is comprised of the host city and champions of the Western Hockey League (WHL), Ontario Hockey League (OHL), and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), to determine the best team of Canadian junior hockey. Halifax’s bid was selected over Moncton, New Brunswick, who is scheduled to open a new $100-millon arena this summer.
The Red Deer Rebels offer patrons a great product in a great facility. The Rebel Alliance will assuredly do a fantastic job hosting the 2016 Memorial Cup. Their stabibility in the Western Hockey League has been an attribute that other teams strive towards. If you are making an Alberta stop, the a trip to Red Deer for the Rebels is a natural and you won’t regret it.
When all is said and done, this is a great place to see the stars of tomorrow doing their thing. If the team can find ways to draw more fans to games with creative marketing strategies, it’ll bring the energy up in the building and make it that much more entertaining.