ST. ALBERT, Alta. – Hockey Canada, in partnership with Hockey Alberta and the St. Albert Minor Hockey Association, announced Friday that St. Albert, Alta., will host the 2011 Esso Cup, the third annual National Female Midget Championship.
The 2011 Esso Cup will take place from April 17-23, 2011 at the state-of-the-art Servus Credit Union Place and will help celebrate the City of St. Albert’s 150th anniversary. The national championship brings together the best female Midget teams from across the country.
“We feel privileged to be chosen as the host province for the Esso Cup for the second time in the tournament’s short history,” says Annie Orton, president of Hockey Alberta. “This is a great opportunity to continue building and promoting the female game in Alberta while showcasing the top female hockey talent right in our own backyard.”
“The Esso Cup is an outstanding championship event and we are so proud that it will be held in St. Albert in 2011,” says St. Albert mayor Nolan Crouse. “Our sports and business communities, and our city as a whole, look forward to supporting the event during the year of our 150th anniversary.”
The 2011 Esso Cup will feature five regional champions (Pacific, West, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic) and a host team, the St. Albert Slash of the Alberta Major Midget Female Hockey League. The six competing teams will play a five-day round robin, followed by semifinals and the bronze and gold medal games.
“St. Albert was awarded the 2011 Esso Cup based on its strong local fan base, a terrific facility and a host committee with a proven track record,” says Dean McIntosh, director of marketing services and events for Hockey Canada. “Hockey Canada is confident that the community of St. Albert will embrace the event and provide a tremendous experience for the athletes competing.”
“Providing the athletes with a stage to showcase their considerable skill is the requisite role of the host,” says Dean Hengel, chair of the 2011 Esso Cup host committee. “SAMHA, the Raiders Hockey Club and the City of St. Albert are uniquely positioned to do this in 2011 as part of our city’s 150th anniversary celebrations. No doubt, the citizens of St. Albert will rise to the challenge of hosting a great event and filling the Performance Arena at Servus Credit Union Place”.
The 2010 Esso Cup will take place from April 18-24, 2010 at the Evraz Centre in Regina, Sask., with the host Regina Rebels of the Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League set to compete against five regional champions that have yet to be determined. The gold medal game will be seen on TSN/RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada, on Saturday, April 24. Please check your local listings for broadcast times. All other games will be available online through hockeycanada.fasthockey.com.