When the Regina Pats celebrate their 100th anniversary in 2017/18, they hope to be doing so as the MasterCard Memorial Cup hosts.
The team has decided to put in a bid for the 2018 tournament.
It would normally be the QMJHL’s turn to host but because it is also the 100th anniversary of the CHL, teams from the WHL and OHL can also put in bids.
Pats Governor and co-owner Anthony Marquart says considering both the anniversaries, Regina is the perfect place for 2018.
“This is the first step in a multi-step process. We as an organization intuitively believe it is the right fit. It is out 100th year anniversary, it’s the Canadian Hockey Leagues 100th year anniversary. With the Memorial Cup, our proud history, the Memorial Cup being named after those soldiers that lost their lives fighting for our great country in World War One. We want to host this event and we are excited.”
Marquart says he is awaiting a building report form the WHL that will include recommendations for upgrade at the Brandt Centre in order to host the tournament.