The time is now! Laundry should be done, maybe even a bag packed to have in the car or at work.
The MasterCard Memorial Cup has arrived in Regina or at least the vibe has! And the Centennial Celebration is ready to begin, are your ready. Not to late, now that you know who the “players” are, to grab game tickets. Its not too late to secure tickets for the Eagles and the opening ceremonies on Thursday. Don’t just sit on the bench – step up and have some fun over the next 10 days or two weeks, depending what your doing.
The MasterCard Memorial Cup has lots of volunteer opportunities. The process is pretty slick, if you have already signed up to be a volunteer, the committee would love to see you take on some extra shifts. I am working as a driver and dispatch personal. Also Clean Up & Greeter at the Celebration Zone. The Royal Canadian Legion is involved in a few things too, so I’ve got that angle covered! I’m exhausted just writing this all down. Cannot wait to see you there!
Since I went to the Memorial Cup in Red Deer a couple of years ago, I’ve been pumped about the tournament coming to Regina. The one hundredth anniversary of the Regina Pats and the Memorial Cup together make for a monumental week. Some of the things you have to check out – besides the hockey action, would be the Hockey Hall of Fame Display and the Canadian Military involvement.
The Rebels did a great job of hosting. As a part of the Fanfest, various members of the 2001 Memorial Cup Championship team signing autographs. Perhaps it was because I was working in Red Deer at that time they became WHL Champions and had gone to their games all season, that coming back to Regina for that final weekend was so exciting.
My sister and mom had been out west visiting, I came back to Saskatchewan with them and was confident I could catch a ride home! I did. My ride home was spent sleeping soundly while the guys I caught a ride with did all the driving! What a weekend!! Took me a few days to recover from that, just in time for the Victory Parade in Red Deer!
When I did my annual May long road trip to Red Deer for the 2016 tournament, it was magical being able to talk with Jim Vandermeer & Devon Francon about the Memorial Cup experience. For some, it was the pinnacle of their careers; drafted to NHL yet not able to achieve anything beyond that moment. Some Rebels enjoyed a healthy run in European leagues and for a minority there was success in the National Hockey League.
Just this February, I had a chance to catch up with Colby Armstrong. I’m sure Colby will be excited to be back in Regina with a very different role in mind that 16 years ago. So watch broadcasts for his view point.
I enjoy events like this so much, better get ready to roll out for my “driver” shift. Let’s welcome Canada to Regina this week with our usual friendly manner, but when it comes to our Western Hockey League teams – Cheer with all your heart! Memories will be made.
Swift Current Broncos and the Regina Pats in the MasterCard Memorial Cup – I think it is a possibility!