CAPE BRETON WEST ISLANDERS HIT THE ICE AT TELUS CUP THIS WEEK
Apr. 24, 2017
CAPE BRETON WEST ISLANDERS HIT THE ICE AT THE TELUS CUP IN PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. THIS WEEK
Six teams vying for gold at the CN Centre
PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The Cape Breton West islanders and five of Canada’s top Midget teams are vying for a national championship this week at the 2017 TELUS Cup in Prince George, B.C.
The hosts and B.C. Major Midget League champions, the Cariboo Cougars, will be joined by five regional champions (Atlantic – Cape Breton West Islanders; Central – Mississauga Rebels; Pacific – Leduc Oil Kings; Quebec – Blizzard du Séminaire Saint-François; and West – Regina Pat Canadians) who will be looking to capture gold at the CN Centre. The event runs from April 24-30.
Last month, the Cape Breton West Islanders made history when they won their first-ever Major Midget provincial title by sweeping the Dartmouth-based Steele Subaru Major Midgets in a best-of-five Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League final. The win earned the Islanders their first-ever berth in the Atlantic championship where they defeated Moncton 3-2 in the gold medal game.
Hockey Canada, in partnership with B.C. Hockey, announced Prince George as the host-city for Canada’s 44th National Midget Championship in September 2015. The northern B.C. community also hosted the event in 2001 when it was known as the Air Canada Cup. This is the fourth time for the event to be held in the province, with Victoria (1982) and Kamloops (1996) also serving as hosts.
The tournament opens at 4 p.m. AST when the Atlantic champions from Cape Breton face Séminaire Saint-François, the Quebec champions, followed by the Central representatives from Mississauga taking on the West champions from Regina. The host Cariboo Cougars wrap up opening-day action against Leduc, the Pacific representatives, at 11:30 p.m. AST.
TSN and RDS, the official broadcaster partners of Hockey Canada, will broadcast the gold-medal game on Sunday, April 30 at 7 p.m. AST. Check your local listings for details. All preliminary-round games and the bronze-medal game can be seen live via HockeyTV webcast at HockeyCanada.ca/TELUSCup.
A number of future NHLers have taken part in Canada’s National Midget Championship since its inception in 1974, including 53 first-round draft picks, three No. 1 selections (Gord Kluzak, Wendel Clark and Sidney Crosby), and eight future Hockey Hall of Fame inductees (Glenn Anderson, Ron Francis, Mike Gartner, Al MacInnis, Larry Murphy, Patrick Roy, Joe Sakic, and Steve Yzerman).
Hockey Nova Scotia would like to wish the Islanders the best of luck at the TELUS Cup this week.