The MasterCard Memorial Cup is returning to Saskatchewan.
The WHL announced Wednesday that Saskatoon would be the host city for the 2013 major junior national championship.
"We are confident the Saskatoon Blades, the City of Saskatoon and the Province of Saskatchewan will serve as an outstanding site for the WHL’s hosting of the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup," commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. "Having hosted many national and international events, including the 2010 World Junior Hockey Championship, Saskatoon clearly understands what it takes to stage an event of this magnitude."
The Blades beat out Red Deer and Kelowna, the last time they hosted the Memorial Cup was back in 1989.
"We are completely thrilled about having an opportunity to host the Memorial Cup in 2013. It’s something that we have wanted to do since it was last here in 1989 and it’s nice to have a chance to do it again," commented Jack Brodsky, Saskatoon Blades Governor and Committee Chair.
"For the fans of the Saskatoon Blades it’s just another opportunity to come out and witness great hockey. We've had many great events over the years and I know that this will be another good. Anyone that’s a fan of the Western Hockey League and the Saskatoon Blades knows the importance and scale of such an event. Overall, it will just be another great chance for the city of Saskatoon to showcase what it has to offer," added Brodsky.
The 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup will be hosted by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Shawinigan Cataractes in May.