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Monday, February 20, 2017

REGINA EXCITED FOR 2018 MEMORIAL CUP


(Clockwise from top left: Anthony Marquart, Sam Steel, Michael Fougere, John Paddock, Ed Staniowski)

Less than 24 hours after being named the host team for the 2018 Memorial Cup, Regina Pats staff and City of Regina officials spoke at the Brandt Centre on Sunday about hosting junior hockey's most prestigious tournament.

QCSEG President Anthony Marquart reiterated how pleased the organization is to have been awarded the event and promised significant renovations to the 40-year old Brandt Centre before May of 2018.  Marquart mentioned additional seating and the addition of more luxury suites, with the pricetag for the renovation to be announced at a later date.

Regina Mayor Michael Fougere gushed at the opportunity for his city to host the M.C. and praised the Pats' new ownership group as the biggest reason for Regina being tabbed as host.  He confirmed the plans for renovations to the arena.

The economic spin-off of the event is expected to approach or surpass $25-million.

Former star Pats goalie Ed Staniowski was a huge part of the bid, pausing his CAF duties in Germany to fly in for the team's January 25 bid in Toronto. He also was on hand this weekend, and mentioned it was important to the selection committee to establish strong ties between the Memorial Cup, the CHL and the Canadian Armed Forces in the 100th year of the trophy.

Current Pats Sam Steel and John Paddock - who figure to be key pieces of next year's team - spoke about the opportunity the 2018 Memorial Cup presents, and how honoured the club is to have been selected.

RP
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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well deserved Regina! The city will be rocking!

william weppler said...

Congrats all around!

Well deserved and will be a great event. Saskatchewan has the best volunteer base and I am sure will get the province to rally around as well.

If we can get a Saskatchewan Team to represent the WHL next year it will be even better.

Shout out to the new Owners, Team Mgmt and of course the Players who have put the Pats into the limelight like they have never been for years. Us long time season ticket holders have waited for this so let's enjoy the ride folks!

Anonymous said...

Only reason the Pats will be in it is because they are the hosts. Go Warriors Go.

Anonymous said...

wondering if the lowly warriors will even make the playoffs next year!GO PATS GO

Anonymous said...

Adam Brooks is probably really happy that the organization can now focus on the 2018 season. Pats will lose second round to Moose Jaw.

Casey Schroth said...

Awesome news and excited for it to come back!

Casey Schroth said...

Awesome news and just what this city needed. Go Pats

Anonymous said...

To bad they have to hold it in such a Barn as Regina has. Should be in Moose Jaw where the Champion team would host.