The City of Regina, Saskatchewan and the WHL’s Regina Pats was announced today as the host of the 100th Canadian Hockey League Memorial Cup to be held in May 2018.
Regina beat out competing bids from Ontario’s Hamilton Bulldogs and Oshawa Generals. I grew up in Oshawa so… ugh.
Often described as the toughest championship to win in sports, the best way to describe the Memorial Cup for those unfamiliar with the CHL is to think of it like the NCAA Final Four of hockey; except instead of 1-and-done through the initial rounds they’re all a best 4-out-of-7 series until they hit the “Final Four” round (i.e. the Memorial Cup) when it turns into a round-robin tournament between each of the regional (league) champions (Quebec, Ontario, and the West) along with the host team.
The logo breaks out of the template the tournament has used for the past 11 years, but this is a special occasion afterall. It features the cup itself in black and silver with “100″ across the base in red, a poppy separates 1919, the year of the first tournament and 2018 below.
Regina is home to the oldest continuously run junior hockey team in Canada, the Regina Pats making them a decent choice for such a historic running of the tournament. The city had previously hosted the championship in 2001.