The opening ceremonies for the Mastercard Memorial Cup may have Thursday night, but the actual hockey begins Friday, with the first game seeing the host Pats versus Hamilton.
Shaun Semple is the Chair of the Memorial Cup host committee, he said it’s been a blur since the team first put in a bid for the 100th edition of the Canadian Junior Hockey Championship.
“It’s amazing how time flew by so quickly,” Semple said. “It was September 1 2016 when we put the application in, so about 19 months ago and since then there has been a tremendous amount of planning with the organization and different committees and they’ve all done a fantastic job,” said Semple.
Semple added with so much going on away from the ice as well that the next ten days will have the same atmosphere as a Grey Cup or a Brier.