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Schedule Announced For 2015 Esso Cup; Ticket Packages Now On Sale

Hockey Canada, in partnership with Hockey Alberta, the Red Deer Minor Hockey Commission and the Alberta Major Midget Female Hockey League (AMMFHL), announced Friday the schedule for the 2015 Esso Cup, Canada’s National Female Midget Championship.

The tournament takes place April 19-25 at Red Deer Arena in Red Deer, Alta. The AMMFHL’s Red Deer Chiefs will serve as host team, and welcome regional champions from Atlantic, Ontario, Pacific, Quebec and West.

Full-tournament ticket packages for general admission to all 19 games, including 15 preliminary round games, both semifinals, the bronze medal game and gold medal game, are now on sale for just $50 each.

“The Red Deer Minor Hockey Commission, along with the host Red Deer Chiefs, are excited to host the 2015 Esso Cup,” says Todd Thiessen, chair of the host organizing committee. “It’s hard to believe we’re only three months away from puck drop; we can’t wait to have some of the nation’s best female Midget hockey talent in our backyard this spring.”

“The 2015 Esso Cup is a terrific opportunity to showcase the top female Midget hockey players in the nation. Players in Central Alberta, and across the province, will be able to watch some very talented role models for their own hockey careers,” said Rob Litwinski, executive director of Hockey Alberta. “This is exciting for Red Deer; based on the city’s history of hosting excellent national championships, we expect this event will be no different.”

“We’re excited to get to Red Deer and drop the puck on the 2015 Esso Cup,” said Dean McIntosh, senior director of events and properties with Hockey Canada. “There is a passion for Midget hockey in Central Alberta, and we’re looking forward to fans filling Red Deer Arena, which will be a tremendous venue for Canada’s National Female Midget Championship.”


Gary Tremblay

Memorial Service - Gary Tremblay

A memorial service for Gary Tremblay will be held on Friday, January 23 at 3 pm in the soccer field house at the Recreation Centre in Leduc.

Gary died suddenly on Monday, January 19. He was a long-time volunteer in various capacities with Hockey Alberta, including North Zone Referees, Leduc Minor Hockey Association, and the Zone 4 administrative team.

Gary believed that minor sports should be affordable and accessible to all children. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Tire Jump Start program, or to trust funds for his children Zachary, Hayley and Cassidy at the LeducScotia Bank.

Deepest sympathies are extended from Hockey Alberta to the Tremblay family.