BC Hockey announced Monday, June 8, 2015 that the BC Major Midget League (MML) and Cariboo Cougars have been selected by Hockey Canada as the host for the 2017 TELUS Cup. The National Midget Championship will be held in Prince George, BC in late April, 2017. The selection is subject to finalizing the Event Hosting Agreement with Hockey Canada.
The TELUS Cup was last hosted in BC when Prince George hosted the event in 2001, which at the time was the Air Canada Cup. A press conference will be scheduled at the start of the 2015-2016 hockey season to announce further details on the event.
“On behalf of BC Hockey, I would like to congratulate the Host Committee for their successful bid to host the 2017 TELUS Cup,” said BC Hockey President Randy Henderson. “BC Hockey has a strong history of hosting national competitions. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to host the National Midget Championship and look forward to welcoming the top Midget teams in Canada to Prince George in 2017.”
“It is fantastic news that Prince George has been selected to host the 2017 TELUS Cup," Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “I know how passionate northerners are about hockey and we look forward to cheering on our very own host Cariboo Cougars. This is another great opportunity for our community and region to demonstrate our skill at hosting large events and welcome teams and visitors to Northern BC. We will see some of the best young hockey players in the country and I know we will create a memorable experience for the participants and spectators alike."
"On behalf of Council, I would like to thank the organizers of the 2017 TELUS Cup for choosing to hold their event in Prince George and I congratulate the Cariboo Cougars on being named Host Team," said Mayor Lyn Hall. "Coming off of the extremely successful 2015 Canada Winter Games, and during the city's most active conference season ever, this news reflects the fact that our city is becoming known as a top destination for tournaments, conferences and meetings. Add this to the Canucks training camp in September and the Cougars’ ‘New Ice Age,’ Prince George has a lot of great hockey to look forward to.”
"We are very excited about being awarded this event. Prince George has proven many times over that they can put on a first class event. As a committee, we have already started to put together a great group of people and have started our planning. We look forward to the support of the business community and the people of Prince George," commented Host Committee Co-Chairs Shawn Rice and John Morrison.
"The Cariboo Cougars are proud to host the TELUS Cup, the premiere Midget hockey event in Canada. As a franchise, we're privileged to represent Northern BC and give northern hockey players a venue to showcase their talents and play the highest level of Midget hockey in British Columbia and the Yukon. Our alumni are a huge part of the community and are the foundation on which our success is built. We're excited to bring this event to Prince George as a way to honour our alumni's contributions to this community, both on and off the ice,” said Cariboo Cougars Head Coach Trevor Sprague.
The TELUS Cup is a weeklong competition featuring a host team with five (5) Regional Winners (Pacific, West, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic). The National Midget Championship was first held in 1974.