While it still hasn’t been determined if the Regina Pats will get to this year’s Memorial Cup in Windsor, Ont., one thing is for certain: the Pats will be in the 2018 version of Canada’s junior hockey championship.
On Saturday afternoon, it was announced that the 2018 Memorial Cup is coming to Regina next spring.
The Pats — along with the champions of the Ontario, Quebec and a second representative from the Western Hockey League — will determine who is the best team in the CHL May 17-27, 2018.
Pats co-owner Anthony Marquart said Saturday was an exciting day for everyone involved.
“A wonderful day for the Regina Pats and a wonderful day for the city of Regina,” Marquart told Pats play-by-play man Phil Andrews during the first intermission of the Pats 4-0 loss in Moose Jaw Saturday night. “I’m very excited for next season.”
Marquart added that getting the event to Regina was a group effort, and that the Queen City beat out other presentations from Oshawa and Hamilton.
“We put our best foot forward, but we had a lot of help from the community,” Marquart said. “Full credit has to be given to the city of Regina, the Regina Exhibition Association, Economic Development Regina, Tourism Saskatchewan and others in putting the package together.”
Not only will the event be the 100th Memorial Cup, but it will also be the 100th anniversary of the Regina Pats hockey team, which makes the upcoming 2017-18 season a very special one.
An outdoor game to be played at Mosaic Stadium was reportedly also a part of the bid; however, there was no word on that when the announcement was made.
The last time Regina hosted the Memorial Cup was in 2001, when the Red Deer Rebels won the title in overtime, beating the Val D’or Foreurs.