RED DEER - Central Alberta is the place to be for Junior hockey fans the next 10 days, as the 2016 Mastercard Memorial Cup kicks off in Red Deer.
It’s been more than four decades since the annual Canadian Junior Hockey League championship was last hosted in Alberta, the last time in Calgary in 1974.
The host Red Deer Rebels will look to bring the Memorial Cup back to Alberta after the Edmonton Oil Kings won it just two years ago. The Rebels will square off against the Brandon Wheat Kings (Western Hockey League champions), London Knights (Ontario Hockey League champions), and the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champions).
The Rebels open the tournament Friday (May 20) at 6:00 p.m. against the Knights. Round-robin play will continue until May 25, with the tournament wrapping up May 29. All games will be played at the Enmax Centrium.
Westerner Park in Red Deer will also be buzzing with activity for the duration of the Memorial Cup. Alongside the on-ice action, Fan Fest will have plenty of activities to entertain the whole family throughout the day. Hockey Alberta will be present at Fanfest every day, offering free activities and giveaways for fans. Fanfest kicks off Friday (May 20) and runs every day during the Memorial Cup.
ÂÂÂÂHockey Alberta Coach of the Month Memorial Cup prize pack winner
Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce Sean Jamieson of Fort Saskatchewan as the winner of the Coach of the Month Memorial Cup prize pack. Sean spent the 2015-16 hockey season as the Head Coach of the Fort Sask Novice C2 Rangers.
"I believe the best part of coaching is the mentorship you provide to all participates involved in the activity you are coaching," said Sean. " Whether it is the young players or the assistant coaches, everyone has to be developed. Having the opportunity to share positive experiences and seeing the development of skill sets has always inspired me to continue to coach."
As a Coach of the Month nominee, Sean was one of more than 150 coaches entered in the draw to win the Memorial Cup prize pack, which includes game tickets, dinner and accommodations.