Kamloops Blazers announce intention to bid for 2020 Mastercard Memorial Cup
Kamloops, BC – The Kamloops Blazers Hockey Club have announced their intention to submit a formal bid to be the host city for the 2020 Mastercard Memorial Cup, which would mark the 102nd edition of the national championship.
The Kamloops Blazers will be in partnership with the City of Kamloops as well as many local sponsors, volunteers, fans and officials in achieving this goal.
“I couldn’t be more excited with the news today that we are bidding on the 2020 Memorial Cup,” Blazers alumni and co-owner Jarome Iginla said. “The excitement around the city and in the building was amazing and being able to win the Memorial Cup at home in 1995 was one of the most memorable moments of my career.”
The year 2020 marks the 25-year anniversary since the Kamloops Blazers Hockey Club successfully hosted and won the Memorial Cup in 1995.
“I’ll never forget the 1995 [Mastercard] Memorial Cup,” Blazers alumni and co-owner Shane Doan said. “I remember the support and enthusiasm in the city and all the volunteers that stepped up and made it an incredible experience. My family and friends, that came to visit from Alberta, still talk about that event. Bringing the Memorial Cup back to Kamloops is something that we’ve all dreamed of for a while. We look forward to this bid and hopefully we as a city can accomplish this goal.”
Since 1992, the Sandman Centre and the City of Kamloops have hosted many prestigious events including the IIHF Women’s World Hockey Championships, Hockey Canada Four Nations Cup, Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada, World Curling Championships, Tim Hortons Brier, the Canada Cup of Curling, and the upcoming BC Winter Games to name a few.
“There is a reason the city of Kamloops is known as the Tournament Capital of Canada,” Kamloops Blazers Advisory Board Chairman Norm Daley said. “We have successfully staged provincial, national and international events in this great city. We have the facilities, the volunteers, the experience and the ability to host memorable events in Kamloops.”
The Sandman Centre will be upgraded with a new LED lighting system, retrofit boards and glass to improve safety and loge seating. These improvements will improve the safety of the building while enhancing the entertainment experience at the venue.
“We are elated to partner with the City of Kamloops to pursue the opportunity be the host of the 2020 Memorial Cup,” commented Governor and co-owner, Tom Gaglardi. “Since we purchased the hockey club, it has always been a goal for us to bring the Memorial Cup back to Kamloops. We think now is the time and believe the community would be tremendous hosts of the event.”
The Kamloops Blazers are currently in the process of formulating a bid committee and more details will be announced at a later date.