Big national midget hockey tournament gets cash boostTuesday, February 05, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
The Sault Major Hockey Association is getting $100,000 from the province to help host the 2013 Telus Cup National Midget Hockey Championship locally from April 22 to April 28.
Canada’s National Midget Championship tournament brings together teams from across Canada to complete for the national championship title.
The tournament features 19 games and is expected to attract nearly 3,000 attendees, including over 2,000 tourists.
Hockey Canada estimates that the economic boost to the host community totals approximately $1.5 million.
"We are very appreciative of the support of the province and MPP David Orazietti for the Telus Cup,” said Mike Murphy, Telus Cup Host Committee co-chair. “This event is the Stanley Cup of minor hockey in Canada and this support gets us one big step forward in meeting our host city requirements. The city of Sault Ste. Marie loves hockey and with this announcement, our city can now plan to raise the curtain on the best ever Telus Cup with all of Canada watching."
Funding for the tournament is being provided via a grant through the Celebrate Ontario 2013 Blockbuster Program.
“Hosting the 2013 TELUS Cup will attract thousands of visitors to Sault Ste. Marie, provide a boost to local businesses, and will showcase high-level sport for residents and tourists alike,” said Orazietti in a news release.