telus and esso annoucement

Hockey Canada coming to the Nickel City

Sudbury to welcome TELUS Cup in April 2018, Esso Cup in 2019

November 7, 2017

SUDBURY, Ont. – The Nickel City – which is just months away from hosting the TELUS Cup, Canada’s National Midget Championship – has also been awarded the 2019 Esso Cup, Canada's National Female Midget Championship, Hockey Canada announced Tuesday.

“It’s no easy task to host back-to-back national Midget championships, but we know the fans in Sudbury and the hockey community in northern Ontario is up to the task and will support the events in full force,” said Dean McIntosh, vice-president of events and properties for Hockey Canada. “The TELUS Cup and Esso Cup are prestigious events, and we look forward to bringing them to the Sudbury region.”

The Esso Cup brings together the top five female Midget hockey teams from across the country (Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, West and Pacific) plus the host team, the Sudbury Lady Wolves, for seven days of exciting hockey action. The 2019 edition of the tournament will be hosted April 21-27 at the Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex in Sudbury.

“We are thrilled to be hosting this prestigious event in Sudbury, a city with a strong history of female hockey excellence,” said Fran Rider, president and CEO of the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association. “We look forward to welcoming teams from across Canada as we leave a positive legacy for the city, surrounding communities and the game.”

Historically, the Esso Cup has generated in excess of $1 million in local economic impact through the provision of services to the athletes, families, and fans that travel into the community for the event.

“What a tremendous honour it is for the City of Greater Sudbury to be chosen as the host of the 2019 Esso Cup,” said Mayor Brian Bigger. “This prestigious event will showcase not only our wonderful, hockey-crazed city, but also our signature Northern Ontario hospitality, and the exceptional hockey talent that exists across Canada.”

2018 TELUS Cup schedule, tickets released

Northern Ontario hockey fans don’t have to wait until 2019 to experience high-calibre Midget hockey. Organizers of the 2018 TELUS Cup, hosted April 23-29 at the Sudbury Community Arena, have released the event’s full schedule and ticket packages.

“I believe that the 2018 TELUS Cup will bring another exciting and enjoyable week of exceptional hockey to Sudbury. I was fortunate enough to be coaching the host team when we hosted two decades ago, and I know what an incredible opportunity this is not only for the players and coaching staff, but also the community. I’m honoured to have the opportunity to give others the same experience that I was lucky enough to have 20 years ago when I was coaching.” said Barry McCrory, 2018 TELUS Cup tournament co-chair.

The host Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves will open their quest for Canada’s National Midget Championship against the Pacific Region champions at 7 p.m. ET on April 23. The Wolves earned a silver medal when they last hosted the event in 1998, and have made five total appearances at the event, winning gold in Arnprior, Ont., in 2008.

“It is an honour for the community of Sudbury to represent all of Northern Ontario in hosting this prestigious tournament, bringing six teams from around the country to showcase the highest level of hockey that Canada has to offer in minor hockey,” said NOHA president, Claudette Myre. “I know that Sudbury, and all of Northern Ontario, will show the players and families of the respective teams our northern hospitality.”

Ticket packages are available for purchase online now at, and start for as little as $35 through the special early-bird pricing available for the first 300 purchased or Dec. 15, whichever comes first. As with all of Hockey Canada’s national championships, all net proceeds from ticket sales remain in the host community as a legacy to support programs that foster the growth of hockey in the community.

“This feels like the official start to the count down for the 2018 TELUS Cup, as we move ever closer to puck-drop,” said Tony Foresi, president of the Ontario Hockey Federation. “The host committee is working hard to create a memorable event not just for the players, but for their families, friends and fans. We invite everyone who loves our great game to get their tickets early and plan a trip to Sudbury in April 2018.”

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For more information:

Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 284-6484 

Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 777-4567

Jeremy Knight
Manager, Corporate Communications
Hockey Canada

(647) 251-9738

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