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Memorial Cup to Return, CHL Announces New Tournament Dates

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Memorial Cup to Return, CHL Announces New Tournament Dates

The Canadian Hockey League has announced that it will proceed with a safe return to its annual Memorial Cup for the 2021-22 season.

After initially scheduling the event for early-June in Saint John, New Brunswick, the CHL has revealed it will now run from June 20 to 29. This later date will allow all three CHL leagues to complete their respective seasons amid delays pertaining to rescheduled games thanks to the Omicron COVID-19 variant.

The league champions from the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League will compete in a three-game round robin tournament, to which a championship game will be held on June 29, where a national major junior champion will be named for the first time since 2019.

“Due to ongoing challenges related to the pandemic, we have moved forward the schedule for the 2022 Memorial Cup presented by Kia with the assurance that it will allow all three of our member leagues to complete their regular season and playoff schedules and provide our fans with the highest level of competition,” CHL President Dan MacKenzie said. “We are excited to bring the best the CHL has to offer to Saint John and to crown a national champion for the first time in three years.”

The COVID pandemic wiped out the Memorial Cups scheduled for both 2020 and 2021, marking the first two instances that the tournament has not been played. Much like its most recent running, the 2022 version will return to the Maritimes, after Halifax hosted the 2019 edition, to which Rouyn-Noranda took home the prize.

On Wednesday, the CHL announced its Week 16 Power Rankings, to which the Western Hockey League saw five teams within the top-10 (including four in the top-five). The 31-6-3 Winnipeg ICE have never been placed anywhere other than first overall, and enter week 17 of play as the early Memorial Cup hopefuls in the west. Charlottetown (QMJHL) has been near the top over the past month of action, while Hamilton and Kingston (OHL) have also dabbled in the mix throughout the season.

 

The host Sea Dogs will kick off the tournament on Monday, June 20 against the OHL champion. All games can be viewed live on TSN. The full tournament schedule is listed as follows:

Mon., June 20 – Game 1: Saint John vs. OHL at 6 p.m. ET
Tues., June 21 – Game 2: QMJHL vs. WHL at 6 p.m. ET
Wed., June 22 – Game 3: Saint John vs. WHL at 6 p.m. ET
Thurs., June 23 – Game 4: QMJHL vs. OHL at 6 p.m. ET
Fri., June 24 – Game 5: WHL vs. OHL at 6 p.m. ET
Sat., June 25 – Game 6: Saint John vs. QMJHL at 4 p.m. ET
Sun., June 26 – Tie-Breaker, if necessary, at 4 p.m. ET
Mon., June 27 – Semi-Final at 6 p.m. ET
Wed., June 29 – Championship Final at 6 p.m. ET

Previously purchased ticket packages for the originally scheduled dates will automatically update. Fans with questions regarding their existing ticket packages can email (info@saintjohnseadogs.com) or call the Harbour Station box office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday at 506-657-1234.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com or on Twitter at @GameOnHockey.

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