THUNDER BAY, Ont. – All the competing clubs for the upcoming TELUS Cup Canadian National Midget Hockey Championship, April 22-28, at the Fort William Gardens in Thunder Bay, Ont., are now known.
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Hosted by the Thunder Bay Kings, in conjunction with Hockey Canada, Hockey Northwestern Ontario and the Thunder Bay Minor Hockey Association, the six-team field at the seven-day event will feature the Kings along with the Tisdale Trojans of Saskatchewan (West); Calgary Buffaloes (Pacific); Toronto Young Nationals (Central); Magog Cantonniers (Quebec) and the Halifax McDonald’s (Atlantic).
Thunder Bay and Tisdale met in the West Region final Sunday with both squads already knowing they have assured spots in the TELUS Cup.
Earning Pacific Region honours were the Calgary Buffaloes after they swept the Cariboo Cougars of British Columbia on home ice, taking the best-of-three final by scores of 5-2 and 3-2 in overtime.
In the Central Zone, the Toronto Young Nationals handed the North Bay Trappers their first loss of the season in a 4-0 upset Sunday in that championship game held in Bowmanville, Ont.
Punching their ticket to the Lakehead in Quebec is the Magog Cantonniers following a four-game sweep of the Lac St. Louis Lions to claim the title there.
Each of those contests was very close with Magog coming away victorious 4-3 in overtime, 6-3 that included an empty-netter, 2-1 and in a 4-3 decision in OT in the final game.
Meanwhile, it was Halifax McDonald’s that claimed the Atlantic Region crown Sunday after they topped the Kensington Wild (P.E.I.) 4-1 in that Maritimes match-up Sunday afternoon in Charlottetown, P.E.I.
TELUS Cup ticket packages for the seven-day event remain on sale at HockeyCanada.ca/tickets.
TELUS Cup Canadian National Midget Hockey Championship
Thunder Bay, Ont.
All games at the Fort William Gardens
Thunder Bay Kings (Host)
Halifax McDonald’s (Atlantic)
Magog Cantonniers (Quebec)
Toronto Young Nationals (Central)
Tisdale Trojans (West)
Calgary Buffaloes (Pacific)
Monday, April 22
Toronto Young Nationals vs. Halifax McDonald’s 12 p.m.
Magog Cantonniers vs. Tisdale Trojans 4 p.m.
Thunder Bay Kings vs. Calgary Buffaloes 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 23
Magog Cantonniers vs. Halifax McDonald’s 12 p.m.
Toronto Young Nationals vs. Calgary Buffaloes 4 p.m.
Tisdale Trojans vs. Thunder Bay Kings 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 24
Calgary Buffaloes vs. Magog Cantonniers 12 p.m.
Halifax McDonald’s vs. Tisdale Trojans 4 p.m.
Thunder Bay Kings vs. Toronto Young Nationals 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 25
Tisdale Trojans vs. Calgary Buffaloes 12 p.m.
Toronto Young Nationals vs. Magog Cantonniers 4 p.m.
Halifax McDonald’s vs. Thunder Bay Kings 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 26
Toronto Young Nationals vs. Tisdale Trojans 11 a.m.
Halifax McDonald’s vs. Calgary Buffaloes 3 p.m.
Thunder Bay Kings vs. Magog Cantonniers 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 27
Semifinal No. 1: 2 p.m.
Semifinal No. 2: 6 p.m.
Sunday, April 28
Bronze medal game: 1 p.m.
Gold/Silver medal game: 6:30 p.m.
All start times ET