The Saint John Sea Dogs have been selected to host the 2022 Memorial Cup tournament.
The tournament includes the three championship teams from major junior hockey sides from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Western Hockey League and the Ontario Hockey League.
The team from the host city additionally gets to compete for major junior hockey’s biggest prize.
The news that the city’s bid won came Wednesday morning. The Quebec Remparts were as well in the running to host the tournament.
This will be the first time Saint John will host the competition in the Sea Dogs’ 16 seasons in the Quebec MAJOR Junior Hockey League.
However, the team has a history with the Memorial Cup, playing in the 2011, 2012 and 2017 seasons. They won the competition in 2011, the first Maritime-based team to do so.
“Our organization’s heart and soul has gone into realizing the opportunity to hoist the Memorial Cup in our home city,” Sea Dogs president and general manager Trevor Georgie said in a news release.
“We are ecstatic that our fans will get to experience this once-in-a-lifetime event. This is one of the most significant days in Sea Dogs’ history.”
This will be the first Memorial Cup tournament held since the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in the spring of last year.
Hosting the Memorial Cup is normally touted as an economic boon for the host city, with spinoffs usually estimated at $1m each day.
But it comes with some risk for the organizers if ticket sales fail to meet expectations.
Next year’s Memorial Cup will run from June 3 to June 12 at TD Station in St. John.