CLARENVILLE TO HOST
2015 ALLAN CUP
March 9, 2013- Immediate Media Release
GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, NL – Hockey NL announced tonight prior to Game One of the Herder Memorial Championships brought to you by the Telegram, that Clarenville will host the 2015 Allan Cup set tentatively from April 13-18, 2015. This is the first time since the 104 year-old trophy has been played for, will it be played in NL under the new tournament format. The last time any Allan Cup competition was played in this province was in the late eighties.
The province returned to Allan Cup play in 2010 after a twenty-one year absence. The Clarenville Caribous won the Allan Cup in 2011 and will be attending their third event in four years this season in Red Deer, Alberta later next month. The only other team in this province to claim the National Senior AAA title was the Corner Brook Royals in 1986.
Hockey NL President believes that the partners involved in this tournament will make this event one of the best. “Hockey NL is honored and excited to partner with the Town of Clarenville and Hockey Canada to bring this prestigious historical championship to our province,” said Jack Lee, president of Hockey NL. “Senior Hockey is strong and alive in our branch and we look forward to showcasing the best Senior AAA teams in Canada in 2015.”
Frazer Russell, Deputy Mayor of the Town of Clarenville and Chairperson of the Clarenville Caribous Hockey Club, stated, “We are elated to be hosting the 107th Allan Cup Competition in our town in April 2015. This event will have an enormous economic impact on Clarenville, and will leave a tremendous legacy. Our many dedicated volunteers are excited, and determined to make this tournament an overwhelming success.”
Gary Gale who is the head of Senior Hockey in the province and was part of the delegation who secured the event last May, is quite pleased that the town of Clarenville and the Caribous will be the host. “The Caribous have been to a number of these championships and I am confident that they will deliver an event to remember in 2015”, said Gary Gale, Chair Senior Hockey NL.
Although the dates have yet to be officially confirmed the eleven (11) – game, six (6) – day, six (6) – team tournament could feature five regional championship teams and the host team Clarenville Caribous.
The Host Committee will now begin their ticket strategy and marketing plan for the event with more information expected to be released later.
Sir H Montague Allan donated the Allan Cup in 1909 shortly after the Stanley Cup became the championship trophy of the professional hockey clubs. The trophy is now emblematic of senior AAA amateur hockey championship in Canada.