CALGARY, AB – After some exciting play in regional championship action, the series Champions will now travel to Gatineau to participate in the 2005 TELUS Cup, Canada’s National Midget Championship. The 2005 TELUS Cup which will be held in Gatineau, April 18-24, marks the 27th year of Canada’s National Midget Hockey Championship. Five regional Midget teams play down to qualify for the National Midget Championship, with the Intrépide de Gatineau qualifying as the host team to form a six team round robin tournament.
The teams representing their respective regions at the 2005 TELUS Cup are:
Host – Intrépide de Gatineau
Pacific – SSAC Edmonton
West – Saskatoon Contacts
Central – Don Mills Flyers
Quebec– Commandeurs de Lévis
Atlantic – Cole Harbour McCains
"The host committee is ready and eager to welcome Canada’s elite midget hockey players to Gatineau” said Alain Bastarache, President, Host Committee. “We are pleased that the teams who have qualified for Canada’s prestigious National Midget Hockey Championship are some of the most talented midget clubs from coast-to-coast. Thanks to our corporate sponsors, the 2005 TELUS Cup will be among the most successful and entertaining events within the Gatineau-Ottawa region."
Both semi-final games and the Gold medal game will be broadcast on TSN/RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcaster. The two semi-final games will be tape delayed and shown at 8:00 pm ET and 11:30pm ET on Saturday, April 23 while the Gold medal game will be broadcast live beginning at 1:00 pm ET on Sunday, April 24.
“TELUS is thrilled to support this tournament, and we wish the young athletes from across Canada competing in the TELUS Cup the best of luck,” says Steve Podborski, TELUS assistant vice president of Sport Marketing. ”TELUS is committed to the long-term development of Canada’s athletes from playground to podium, as demonstrated by the many long-term commitments we make to a wide variety of sports through organizations such as Alpine Canada Alpin, the Canadian Soccer Association and the Canadian Snowboard Federation.”
All games at the 2005 TELUS Cup will be played at the Robert-Guertin Centre in Gatineau, QC. Ticket Packages for all 19 games of the tournament are still on sale and can be purchased for $40 (taxes included) by calling 1-819-595-7700. Fans can also purchase their ticket packages in person at the following locations:
Starting Monday April 18th, fans can purchase daily tickets in person at the Robert-Guertin Centre box office. The daily ticket prices are:
Past players over the 27 year history of the National Midget Championship (formerly the Air Canada Cup) have included 2004 World Cup of Hockey champions Simon Gagné (1998), Dany Heatley (1998) and Joe Sakic (1986) , 2005 National Junior Team member, Sidney Crosby (2002), and notable NHL-ers such as Derek Morris (1995), Daniel Brière (1994), Michael Peca (1990), Ron Francis (1980), Olaf Kolzig (1987), Scott Mellanby (1983), Patrick Roy (1982) and Steve Yzerman (1980) and Al MacInnis (1979).