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Apr. 20, 2015

RIVIÈRE-DU-LOUP, Que. – The Newbridge Academy Gladiators will represent Atlantic Canada this week at the 2015 TELUS Cup.

The Gladiators join Canada’s top Midget teams in Rivière-du-Loup and will battle for the TELUS Cup, Canada’s National Midget Championship, beginning April 20. The Gladiators take on Albatros du Collège Notre-Dame at 8:30 p.m. tonight in their first game of the championship.

The Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League champions earned their ticket to the national championship thanks to capturing 2015 Major Midget Atlantics in Kensington, P.E. earlier this month. The Gladiator went 2-0-2 during the round robin to earn a berth in the final. After a scoreless first period, Kynan Berger got the Gladiators on the board as he beat Flyers’ goaltender Julian Galloway to put Newbridge Academy up 1-0. Noah McMullin and Morgan Barron added single markers shortly after to give the Gladiators a 3-0 lead after two periods of play.

Matthew Crowell would add a goal in the third period as the Gladiators were able to hold off a Moncton comeback and take the final 4-3.

Newbridge Academy netminder Matt Williams stopped 33 of the 36 shots fired his way to register the win.

The 2015 tournament, hosted in partnership with Hockey Québec and Hockey Rivière-du-Loup, marks just the eighth time Quebec has played host since the inaugural Wrigley Cup in Oshawa, Ont., in 1974. Rivière-du-Loup joins Verdun (1978), Ste-Foy (1983), Sorel (1990), Sherbrooke (1995), Montreal (2000), Gatineau (2005) and Lévis (2010) as Quebec hosts.

The Gladiators are joined by the host Albatros du Collège Notre-Dame and four regional champions: the Grenadiers de Châteauguay (Quebec), Newbridge Academy Gladiators (Atlantic), Regina Pat Canadians (West), Strathmore Bisons (Pacific) and Toronto Young Nationals (Central). The six competing teams will take to the ice at Centre Premier Tech hoping to earn one of the two berths in Sunday’s nationally-televised gold medal game.

This year’s field includes one team that has previously won Canada’s National Midget Championship; the Pat Canadians are one of just four teams to win four national titles, in 1983, 1988, 1994 and 1999. Newbridge Academy is making the ninth trip by a Dartmouth, N.S.-based team, Châteauguay and Toronto return for the second year in a row, while Collège Notre-Dame and Strathmore make their first-ever appearance at the national championship.

The gold medal game will be held Sunday, April 26 at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT and will be shown on TSN/RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcasters (check your local listings). All preliminary round games, semifinals and the bronze medal game can be seen live via FASTHockey webcast through the game summary page at


Athletes at the 2015 TELUS Cup will be competing not only for a national championship, but also to raise funds for local minor hockey. As the biggest fans of Canada’s biggest game, TELUS is dedicated to supporting Canadian athletes throughout Quebec and across the country.

Each year, TELUS donates millions of dollars to help grow the sport, from grassroots programs that help children get actively involved to the elite level with athletes competing for Canada on the world stage. Over the course of the 19-game tournament, TELUS will donate $50 for every goal scored to Hockey Rivière-du-Loup on the ice, as well as in the TELUS All Heart PowerShot Concourse Challenge, up to $5,000. This program will encourage teams and fans to give it their all while giving back to the community.

A number of future NHLers have taken part in Canada’s National Midget Championship since its inception in 1974, including 56 first-round draft picks, three No. 1 selections (Gord Kluzak, Wendel Clark and Sidney Crosby) and nine future Hockey Hall of Fame inductees (Glenn Anderson, Ron Francis, Mike Gartner, Al MacInnis, Larry Murphy, Patrick Roy, Joe Sakic, Denis Savard and Steve Yzerman).

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