WINNIPEG, Man. – Prior to the pandemic, Portage la Prairie, Man., was scheduled to host the 2020 Centennial Cup. With the cancellation of the 2020 Event due to the pandemic, Portage requested through Hockey Canada and the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) the ability to have an opportunity to host a future Centennial Cup.
At this point, the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) supports the Portage Terriers and the City of Portage la Prairie in their request to host the 2023 Centennial Cup and have also received full support of the CJHL and Hockey Manitoba on this proposal.
Over the coming months, the MJHL, CJHL and Hockey Canada will work together on finalizing a hosting plan for Portage la Prairie that once complete would require final endorsement of the Hockey Canada Board to be fully ratified.
“It was disappointing when the event was cancelled in the spring of 2020 due to the pandemic,” stated MJHL commissioner Kevin Saurette.
He went on to add: “The MJHL and CJHL is fully supportive of the request made to Hockey Canada to allow Portage the opportunity to host the event in 2023. The Province of Manitoba and the City of Portage la Prairie have proven to be an excellent host for Canada’s National Junior A Championship, and the Portage Terriers are proven competitors and champions in previous events.”
“We are thankful for the support from the MJHL, CJHL and Hockey Manitoba and are eager to work with Hockey Canada for final approval to host this prestigious national event in the Spring of 2023,” offered Dale Deschouwer, co-chair of the Terriers’ Centennial Cup host committee.
“We have everything in place from our 2020 Centennial Cup preparations to move forward seamlessly with planning and execution of the 2023 Centennial Cup,” Deschouwer offered.
Further updates in the coming weeks.