The Canadian Hockey League’s 100th Mastercard Memorial Cup celebrations continued this past week in Halifax, the 14th stop on a season long tour visiting 17 CHL communities in eight different provinces.
The Nova Scotia capital is the province’s only stop on the celebration tour and is home to the 2013 Mastercard Memorial Cup champion Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The Mooseheads are also bidding to host the 2019 event and showed their excitement for the opportunity with a busy itinerary and a full house for Saturday’s Showcase on Sportsnet.
Fans held signs throughout the game that read “We’re Ready” and welcomed former Mooseheads Darcy Ashley and Brent Andrews with a thunderous ovation as they escorted the Memorial Cup to centre ice for the pre-game festivities. The former stars were joined for the puck drop by Leading Seaman Stewart Riggs who currently serves as a member of HMCS Charlottetown and was named the Royal Canadian Navy’s Sailor of the Year.
On Friday the prestigious trophy visited historic Peggy’s Cove for a beautiful sunrise photo op, followed by a visit with military personnel at CFB Halifax including the Shearwater Heliport, fire station, and a ship visit on the HMCS Charlottetown. The Memorial Cup also visited the Halifax Citadel where it was present for the noon gun, traveled to Camp Hill Veteran’s Memorial Hospital, IWK Children’s Hospital, and surprised the Dartmouth East Inferno girls atom hockey team at practice.
Monday visits to Halifax City Council with Mayor Mike Savage, the Halifax Regional Police, and an afternoon stay at the Mooseheads shop provided fans one last opportunity to take pictures bringing an end to a busy weekend of activities.
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Next stop on the 100th Mastercard Memorial Cup Trophy Tour is Owen Sound, home of the Ontario Hockey League’s Attack on Saturday March 3.
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