Sault team battles division champs next weekWednesday, March 28, 2012 by: SooToday.com Staff
Midget AAA All-Ontarios coming to town
Cheer on your Sault North Stars
SAULT STE. MARIE - Six of the top midget AAA teams in the province will descend on the city next week to take part in the 2012 Central Region Telus Cup.
From April 2 to 8, the host team, Sault North Stars, will battle it out against the five division champions from across Ontario.
“We’re excited to be able to compete against the best of the best in front of our hometown fans,” said North Stars general manager George Parsons, co-chair of the event. “We encourage local fans to come out and cheer on our boys while watching some top-notch hockey.”
All games will be played at the Essar Centre.
A schedule is available on the tournament website, www.2012centraltelus.com.
Meanwhile, tickets, including week passes, can be purchased in-person at the Essar Centre box office.
The following teams are competing in the round robin, with the top four advancing to the semi-finals:
- Sault North Stars (Host)
- Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves (Northern Ontario Hockey Association)
- Whitby Wildcats (Ontario Minor Hockey Association)
- Ottawa 67’s (Ottawa District Minor Hockey Association)
- Mississauga Rebels (Greater Toronto Hockey League)
- London Jr. Knights (Alliance Hockey)
“With a solid organizing committee of volunteers, our goal is to welcome the players, coaches, parents and dignitaries in true Sault Ste. Marie fashion,” said event co-chair Mike Murphy. “We’re going to treat the visitors with some our famous Sault Ste. Marie hospitality, and we’re also going to give the local fans an exciting week of hockey.”
The 2012 Central Region Telus Cup was bid on by the North Stars, Sault Major Hockey Association and Tourism Sault Ste. Marie, a division of the Economic Development Corp.
Members from each organization travelled to North Bay last year to make the case to the Northern Ontario Hockey Association that the Sault deserved the hosting rights.
Following that successful bid, the same group went after the 2013 National Telus Cup, formerly called the Air Canada Cup.
Hockey Canada announced that Sault Ste. Marie was awarded this major event as well at its annual general meeting in May of last year.