CALGARY, AB – Canada’s 28th National Midget Hockey Championship will be held in Prince Edward Island’s historic capital, Charlottetown. From April 24th to 30th, the Charlottetown Islanders will host the Calgary Buffaloes, the Prince Albert Mintos, the Toronto Jr. Canadians, the Patriotes de Châteauguay and the St. John’s Maple Leafs as they compete for the coveted 2006 TELUS Cup.
"Based on the high level of community and media support already present, we can tell that Island hockey fans are really looking forward to hosting this year’s TELUS Cup,” says the Chairman of the Host Committee Wayne MacDougall. "Charlottetown has always been known as a great hockey town and hosting the 2006 TELUS Cup will prove it to the many local fans and the fans from across Canada that will travel here to partake in the excitement.”
During the 19 game Championship that will take place at the Charlottetown Civic Centre, athletes will not only be competing for the TELUS Cup but also raising funds for local hockey organizations. For each goal scored during the tournament, TELUS will donate $50 to Charlottetown Minor Hockey and to Hockey PEI. This program will encourage teams to give it their all while giving back to the community.
"At TELUS, we are committed to the long-term development of Canada’s athletes,” says Steve Podborski, Executive Director, Sport at TELUS. “In addition to the donations program we have created, TELUS will also reward the most valuable player with a $1,000 scholarship. TELUS is honoured to be supporting Canada’s National Midget Hockey Championship and wishes each team competing for the 2006 TELUS Cup the very best of luck.”
The Gold medal game will take place on Sunday, April 30th at 1:00 pm AT/12:00 pm ET and will be broadcast live on TSN/RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcaster.
Past players over the 27 year history of the National Midget Championship (formerly the Air Canada Cup) have included 20 National Junior Team gold medalist, Sidney Crosby (2002), 2004 World Cup of Hockey champions Simon Gagné (1998), Dany Heatley (1998) and Joe Sakic (1986), and other notable NHL players: Derek Morris (1995), Daniel Brière (1994), Michael Peca (1990), Ron Francis (1980), Olaf Kolzig (1987), Scott Mellanby (1983), Patrick Roy (1982), Steve Yzerman (1980) and Al MacInnis (1979).
Ticket packages for the 19 games, including the playoffs and Gold Medal game, can be purchased for $59 at the Charlottetown Civic Centre or by phone at 902-629-6625.
Individual game tickets are also available at the following rates:
$6.00 Monday - Friday games
$8.00 for Semi Finals, Bronze & Gold Medal Games
Charlottetown Civic Centre Box Office Hours are from 12:00 to 4:30 AST from Monday to Friday. Visa & Mastercard credit cards are both accepted.
For more ticket information please call 902-626-7106 or visit www.cmha.isn.net
For more information on the 2006 TELUS Cup, Canada’s National Midget Championship, visit Hockey Canada’s official website at www.hockeycanada.ca.
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