IceDogs to bid for 2024 Memorial Cup
The Niagara IceDogs are one of four teams in the running for the 2024 Memorial Cup. Photo by: OHL IMAGES.
The Niagara IceDogs are one of four teams in the running for the 2024 Memorial Cup.
The Canadian Hockey League announced Wednesday the IceDogs, Kingston Frontenacs, Saginaw Spirit and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds will each submit their bids prior to the Jan. 31 deadline, with the winning bid to be announced in March, 2023.
“We are very excited to bid on this prestigious event,” IceDogs President and General Manager Darren DeDobbelaer said. “We are very hopeful that we will be awarded this and bring this tournament to the region that so richly deserves it.”
The IceDogs will work in partnership with the Meridian Centre and the City of St. Catharines to complete the bid process and bring the 10-day tournament to the Niagara region.
Open to bids from the OHL and returning to the League for the first time since 2017, the 2024 Memorial Cup will take place in June 2024 and will feature the playoff champion from the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and Western Hockey League, in addition to the chosen OHL host club.
“We are excited to have four diverse communities express their interest to bid for the 2024 Memorial Cup,” said Dan MacKenzie, President of the Canadian Hockey League. “The Memorial Cup is a great hockey tradition that not only celebrates the best in junior hockey but also honours the brave men and women who served and continue to serve our country.”
The Frontenacs, IceDogs, and Spirit would all be first-time hosts of the Memorial Cup, while the Greyhounds both hosted and won the year-end tournament in 1993 following past participation in 1985, 1991, and 1992.
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