LEDUC, Alta. – For the 39th time, Canada’s top Midget teams have gathered, this year in Leduc, to do
battle for the National Midget Championship, beginning Monday, April 23. This year marks just the fourth time
Alberta has hosted the TELUS Cup, joining Calgary in 19, and Red Deer in 2007.
The host Leduc Oil Kings are joined by five regional champions: the Phénix du Collège Esther-Blondin(Quebec), Moncton Flyers (Atlantic), Red Deer Rebels (Pacific), Saskatoon Contacts (West) and Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves (Central). The six competing teams will take to the ice at the Leduc Recreation Centre hoping to earn one of the two berths in Sunday’s nationally-televised gold medal game.
This year’s field includes two teams that have won the National Midget Championship in the last decade –
Saskatoon (2005) and Sudbury (2008) – and another, Red Deer, that has played in three gold medal games
without winning the national title; the Rebels lost the final in double overtime in both 19, and
also took home silver in 1995. While Collège Esther-Blondin and the host Oil Kings are making their first
TELUS Cup appearances, the other four teams all have plenty of experience – Red Deer is making its ninth trip
to the national championship, Moncton is in for the seventh time, Sudbury’s appearance is its fifth and
Saskatoon is making visit No. 4.
“It has been a long road to get to this point, and as a host committee we could not be more excited for
the puck to drop on Monday,” said Jim Jones, chair of the 2012 TELUS Cup host committee. “The future of
Canadian hockey will be on display in Leduc, and we’re confident this year’s national championship will
provide life-long memories not only for the players, but for fans, volunteers and everyone involved.”
“As a proud partner of Hockey Canada, we are excited for this year’s TELUS Cup, one of the most thrilling
hockey tournaments in the country,” said Andrea Goertz, senior vice-president, TELUS Strategic Initiatives.
“TELUS is committed to the ongoing development and future success of young athletes across Canada, especially
those competing in the TELUS Cup happening right here in Leduc. We wish the best of luck to the teams,
players, coaches and officials. We hope they play hard, play fair, do their best and, most of all, have
The gold medal game will be held April 29 at 5 p.m. ET/2 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 webcast through FASTHockey at hockeycanada.fasthockey.com. Fans can watch all the
action for free by following three steps:
STEP 1: Visit hockeycanada.fasthockey.com and
sign up for a free FASTHockey account.
STEP 2: Like the TELUS Cup on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teluscup.
STEP 3: Just prior to the game, click the HC on FASTHockey link on the TELUS Cup Facebook page to watch.
Athletes at the 2012 TELUS Cup will be competing not only for a national championship, but also to raise
funds for local minor hockey. Every year, TELUS invests millions of dollars to support Canadian athletes
throughout Alberta and across the country – from the elite athletes competing for Canada on the world stage,
to the grassroots programs that help children get actively involved in sport. Over the course of the 19-game
tournament, TELUS will donate $100 for every goal scored, up to $5,000, to the Leduc Minor Hockey
Association. This program will encourage teams to give it their all while giving back to the community.
A number of future NHLers have taken part in the National Midget Championship since its inception in 1974,
including many who are currently taking part in the Stanley Cup Playoffs:
- Jay Beagle – 2003, Calgary Northstars (WSH)
- Steve Bernier – 2001, Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy (NJ)
- Daniel Brière – 1994, Intrépide de Gatineau (PHI)
- Ryane Clowe – 2001, St. John’s Maple Leafs (SJ)
- Sidney Crosby – 2002, Dartmouth Subways (PIT)
- Colin Greening – 2003, St. John’s Maple Leafs (OTT)
- Kristopher Letang – 2003, Gaulois du Collège Antoine-Girouard (PIT)
- Torrey Mitchell – 2002, Riverains du Collège Charles-Lemoyne (SJ)
- Derek Morris – 1995, Red Deer Chiefs (PHX)
- Alex Pietrangelo – 2006, Toronto Jr. Canadiens (STL)
- Brad Stuart – 1996, Red Deer Chiefs (DET)
NOTE TO MEDIA: Jason LaRose, Hockey Canada’s coordinator of content services, will be on site in Leduc and
can be reached at 403-703-8791 or email@example.com for any interview requests.
For more information on the 2012 TELUS Cup, visit www.hockeycanada.ca/teluscup, or follow the tournament via social media at www.facebook.com/teluscup and www.twitter.com/hc_teluscup.