Friday, October 18, 2013

Terrebonne welcomes the Central Canada Cup Challenge

Press Release

Created in 2011, as a alternate solution for the traditional ALL-STAR GAME, the Central Canada Cup Challengeincludes star players from the 4 junior leagues in central Canada: CCHL, NOJHL, OJHL and QJAAAHL.

This third annual showcase event will be hosted for the first time in Quebec. The Terrebonne Cobras’ organization(QJAAAHL) and the city of Terrebonne will welcome the best Junior A players, featuring two All-Star teams from both the OJHL and QJAAAHL, and one team respectively from the CCHL and NOJHL from December 27th to 29th 2013, at the Cité du Sport de Terrebonne.  The 6 teams will compete in a round-robin tournament format followed by the Championshipgame on Sunday afternoon. This yearly event allows Elite players of each of these leagues to showcase their talents beforehockey fans, professional scouts, and especially to Canadian and American university recruiters.

A word from the QJAAAHL President

“It is with great pride and pleasure that the Quebec Junior AAA Hockey League (QJAAAHL), along with the Terrebonne Cobras, will host for the first time in the history of this event, the presentation of the 2013 Central Canada Cup Challenge. Hockey fans and respective scouts can be assured to witness exciting hockey games from our two All-Star teams. Our efforts will be directed toward winning this prestigious tournament for the 2nd time in just three years.” - Richard Morency, President of the QJAAAHL.

Challenge’s  history.

Created as a competitive alternative to the annual league All-Star Game, the Central Canada Cup All-Star Challenge debuted in 2011, hosted by the CCHL's Smith Falls Bears. The uniquely formatted tournament saw games played with two 20 minute halves and pitted the CJHL's centrally located Junior 'A' loops (CCHL, NOJHL, OJHL, and QJAAAHL).

The QJAAAHL would win the inaugural event, defeating the OJHL North Division All-Stars 5-1 in the championship game.

Last year in Wellington, Ontario, both Quebec’s teams lost in thesemi-final game.

Hosting teams

- 2011 Smiths Falls Bears - CCHL

- 2012 Wellington Dukes - OJHL

- 2013 Cobras de Terrebonne – LHJAAAQ

Tournament’s Format

Each team is guaranteed 5 games (2 x 20 minute stop-time periods) starting Friday, December 27, to Sunday, December 29.The best two teams will compete in the Championship game on Sunday afternoon

Quebec’s team

A list of 100 eligible players will be issued and downsized to 46 by December 1st. Each team will be coached by a QJAAAHL head coach. Robert Dubuc (Terrebonne Cobras) will coach one team, and the other will be announced at a later time. 

Tickets information

Tickets for this event will be sold at the Cité du Sport de Terrebonne.  There are many ticket types to choose from, such as single games to daily passes. For 20$ per day, this daily pass allows fans to watch six high level and anticipated hockey games.

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