The Kelowna Rockets held a news conference today, and announced they will be making a bid to host the Memorial Cup tournament in 2020.
President and GM Bruce Hamilton made the announcement.
“We feel that it has been a long time (2004) since we have had the privilege to host the Memorial Cup. From our perspective it’s a great opportunity for our organization and for our city,” said Hamilton “From a hockey standpoint we feel very confident that we will have an extremely competitive team, and we will be in it to win the tournament. We feel that our fans deserve the opportunity to host this event again. The last time we hosted, we changed the course of the Memorial Cup and turned it into a festival. We know our city will do an even bigger and better job this time around. We’re looking forward to rolling our bid out, and we’re just thrilled to have Tom Dyas as our Chair, and of course it’s great to have our two former Co-Chair’s Bill Winters and Paul Mitchell available to help support Tom in any way he needs.”
Kelowna hosted the prestigious tournament in 2004, which was also when captain Josh Gorges, 18-year-old defenceman Shea Weber and eventual tournament MVP goaltender Kelly Guard led the Rockets to their one and only Memorial Cup title.
The Rockets have won the Ed Chynoweth Cup as league champions of the WHL four times, and have played in the Memorial Cup five times.
The Rockets bid committee will spend the next five months preparing their bid. They will present, along with the other competing teams, their bid at the Annual Governors meeting scheduled for October 3, 2018 in Calgary. After all teams have presented, the Governors will vote, and the winning team will be announced at the conclusion of the meeting.