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Kamloops to host Canadian Hockey League Memorial Cup in 2023


Key takeaways: 

  • The yearly tournament has not come to Blazer’s region since 1995.
  • The Memorial Cup title is awarded to the top junior squad in the Canadian Hockey League.
  • Next year, the yearly tournament returns to Kamloops, B.C., for the first time in almost three decades. 

The title is coming back to Kamloops.

The city in British Columbia’s Interior has been selected to host the Canadian Hockey League’s (CHL) national championship tournament, also known as the Memorial Cup, in 2023.

The CHL declared the conclusion Friday. It will be the first time the contest has been played in Kamloops Blazers’ region since 1995. It was also the final time the regional squad won Canadian junior hockey’s prestigious top award.

The cup has been revoked for the prior two years because of COVID-19. It is back again from June 20-29, 2022, in Saint John, N.B., and will then come to the city known as Canada’s tournament capital next season.

“We are very keen to get back the Memorial Cup to Kamloops after a nearly 30-year break,” CHL President Dan MacKenzie said.

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The title is coming back to Kamloops

“The Blazers and the City of Kamloops set together with the first-class offer and will be exceptional hosts.”

The Kamloops Blazers are a Western Hockey League (WHL) associate. The WHL and the Ontario and Quebec Junior Leagues make up the Canadian Hockey League — the country’s highest tier of junior hockey.

In a video published to his Twitter account, Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian said that the city council unanimously agreed on an acquisition of $940,000 in the Sandman Centre arena where the tournament will be held.

That funds, he said, come from contributions and not the taxpayer and will be used to upgrade the arena so the CHL can broadcast the 2023 game to a national audience.

The mayor said the event would be a financial boon to the city after COVID compromised straight tourism seasons.

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