BATHURST, NB - Bathurst, NB will play host to the 24th edition of the Air Canada Cup, Canada's National
Midget Hockey Championship, from April 22-28, with the gold medal final game being televised nationally on
TSN and on RDS.
Six teams are taking part in this years tournament:, Les Riverains du College Charles-Lemoyne from the
Quebec region, the Tisdale Trojans from the Western region, the Dartmouth Subways from the Atlantic region,
the Timmins Majors from the Central region, the Red Deer Chiefs from the Pacific region and the host team,
the Miramichi Rivermen.
The teams will play round-robin games on April 22-26 with the top four teams qualifying for the playoff
round. The crossover games (first against fourth, second against third) will be held on April 27th, with the
Bronze and Gold medal games scheduled for April 28th. All games will be played at the K.C. Irving Regional
Centre, home of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Acadie-Bathurst Titan. The six teams will be wearing
jerseys and socks courtesy of Bauer NIKE Hockey, while all helmets, facial protection and neck protectors are
provided by ITECH.
The Gold medal game will be played at 1 p.m. local time (12:00 p.m. EST) on Sunday, April 28 and will be
broadcast live across Canada on TSN and on RDS.
The individuals selected as the Player-of-the-Game from each team after every game in the tournament
receive Player-of-the-Game medallions compliments of Air Canada and the Canadian Hockey Association. Those
chosen for the Player-of-the-Game awards in the championship final will receive Esquire watches, in addition
to the individual award medallions.
Based on their individual performances during the four-day round-robin section of the 2002 Air Canada Cup,
six individual player awards will be presented.
The player judged by an independent panel as the outstanding performer will receive the Air Canada Cup
Most Valuable Player Trophy. He will also receive a $1,000 college scholarship from Air Canada for future use
at an institution of higher learning of his choice. Completing his MVP award package will be an ITECH
equipment bag, and a sportwear package, compliments of ITECH Sports Products Inc.
The other individual awards include the Air Canada Cup top scorer, best goaltender, most outstanding
forward, best defenceman and most sportsmanlike player. Each player will receive a 2002 Air Canada Cup award
and a sports package courtesy of ITECH Sports Products Inc. for their accomplishments.
One player at the Air Canada Cup will receive a $1,000 Esso Kids Scholarship Award. Selections will be
made with input from coaches, team and championship organizers and educators, with the major consideration
being academic excellence.
Noteable alumnists who have played in previous Air Canada Cups include Derek Morris and Michael Peca, two
members of this year's Men's World Hockey Championship Team. Other noteables currently starring in the
National Hockey League include Joe Sakic (Colorado Avalanche), Patrick Roy (Colorado Avalanche), Brad Stuart
(San Jose Sharks) and Steve Yzerman (Detroit Red Wings).