Niagara, ON – The Ontario Hockey League announced today that four Ontario Hockey League clubs have submitted intents to bid for the hosting rights of the 2024 Memorial Cup presented by Kia.
The Niagara IceDogs, along with the Kingston Frontenacs, Saginaw Spirit, and Soo Greyhounds will each submit their bids prior to the January 31 deadline, with the winning bid then announced in March 2023.
“We are excited to have four diverse communities express their interest to bid for the 2024 Memorial Cup presented by Kia,” said Dan MacKenzie, President of the Canadian Hockey League. “The Memorial Cup is a great hockey tradition that not only celebrates the best in junior hockey but also honours the brave men and women who served and continue to serve our country.”
The Memorial Cup, one of the most prestigious and coveted trophies in North American sport, has a rich tradition that has shaped the way junior hockey is played in North America. The 2024 Memorial Cup presented by Kia will feature the playoff champion from the Western Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and Ontario Hockey League, in addition to the chosen OHL host team. The Niagara IceDogs, two-time Bobby Orr Trophy winners, look to host the tournament for the first time in the organization’s 15-year history.
“We are very excited to bid on this prestigious event,” said IceDogs President & General Manager, Darren DeDobbelaer. “We are very hopeful that we will be awarded this and bring this tournament to the region that so richly deserves it”.
The IceDogs will work in partnership with the Meridian Centre, and the City of St. Catharines to complete the bid process and bring the 10-day tournament to the Niagara region.
The Meridian Centre has been the premier events space in Niagara since its opening its doors in 2014. The multi-use spectator facility is home to the Niagara IceDogs (OHL), Niagara Riverlions (CEBL), and the St. Catharine’s Sports Hall of Fame. The arena has played host events such as the 2016 IIHF World Women’s 2018 U18 Championship, the 2022 Canada Summer Games, the 2018 FIBA Under-18 Americas Championship, the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian Curling Championship, multiple UFC events, an NHL preseason game, as well as hundreds of concerts and other events.
For more information on the Memorial Cup presented by Kia, visit chl.ca/memorial-cup.
About the Canadian Hockey League
The Canadian Hockey League is the world’s largest development hockey league with 52 Canadian and eight American teams participating in the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U Sports than any other league.
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