Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced on behalf of
the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup Site Selection Committee that the city
of London, ON, and the London Knights Hockey Club will host the 2014
MasterCard Memorial Cup.
Three OHL member clubs including the Knights, the Barrie Colts, and
the Windsor Spitfires were all considered following their formal bid
presentations on April 17, 2013, to the Site Selection Committee
comprised of five leaders in the sports industry including Toronto Blue
Jays President and CEO Paul Beeston, former OHL and NHL Executive and
Director of Central Scouting Frank Bonello, NHL Senior Executive Vice
President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell, NHL Senior Vice President
of Hockey Operations Jim Gregory, and President of Broadcast, Rogers
Media (Sportsnet) Scott Moore. Ex officio members of the Site Selection
Committee include OHL Legal Counsel Gord Kirke, and OHL Commissioner
“The quality of a MasterCard Memorial Cup host team is one of the
principal criteria for a successful bid,” said OHL Legal Counsel Gord
Kirke. “The Site Selection Committee determined that while all three
clubs possess sufficient elements for a suitable host city, it is the
projected quality of the London Knights Hockey Club next season that is
the decisive factor.”
The Knights project to return more than 22 players next season from
their 2012-13 roster that captured the Hamilton Spectator Trophy as
regular season champions before winning their second straight Robertson
Cup title as OHL Champions.
“The London Knights are honoured to have the privilege of hosting
this prestigious event again in 2014, and promise to make it the best
ever,” said Knights Governor and Chair of the 2013 MasterCard Memorial
Cup Host Committee Trevor Whiffen. “The 2014 Memorial Cup will be a
ten-day festival in London celebrating the rich history and tradition of
the OHL, which will honour all twenty member teams, and the hundreds of
OHL Alumni who serve as great ambassadors for our League."
The 96th edition of the MasterCard Memorial Cup will take
place May 16-25, 2014, at Budweiser Gardens and will feature the
champions of the Ontario Hockey League, the Western Hockey League, and
the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The 2014 event marks the second
time the Knights will host the prestigious national championship
following 2005 when the franchise won their first Memorial Cup title on
home ice led by MVP Corey Perry in a 4-0 win over the Rimouski Oceanic.
Since the round-robin format was introduced in 1972, OHL teams have
won a total of 14 Memorial Cup Championships including the 2005 Knights,
followed by back-to-back titles by the Spitfires in 2009 and 2010.
The OHL Champion London Knights will open the 2013 MasterCard
Memorial Cup Friday night May 17 against the host Saskatoon Blades at
8:00 pm Eastern live on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.
Members of the Knights and the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup Host
Organizing Committee will travel to Saskatoon for the 2013 MasterCard
Memorial Cup which takes place May 17-26.
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