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Red Deer to host 2023 WHL Cup this October

Some of Western Canada’s best young hockey players will showcase their skills at the 2023 WHL Cup in Red Deer.
The WHL Cup is being held in Red Deer this October. (Contributed image)

Some of Western Canada’s best young hockey players will showcase their skills at the 2023 WHL Cup in Red Deer.

On Monday the Western Hockey League, B.C. Hockey, Hockey Alberta, Hockey Saskatchewan and Hockey Alberta announced the City of Red Deer will serve as host of the tournament Oct. 18-22.

All games will be played at Westerner Park’s Peavey Mart Centrium, which is the home of the Red Deer Rebels. The WHL Cup features teams from the four Western Canadian provinces competing in a round-robin tournament format followed by playoffs.

“The 2023 WHL Cup will showcase the top 2008-born players from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba,” a media release states.

“The WHL Cup, established in 2009, is held every season except in years when the Canada Winter Games are contested, and is the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence for players.”

Many current NHLers have competed at the WHL Cup since its inception. Some of these players include Morgan Reilly, Matt Dumba, Brayden Point and Mathew Barzal.

Rosters, ticketing information and live streaming details for the 2023 WHL Cup will be announced at a later date. The WHL Cup was last hosted in 2021 in Red Deer.

Full schedule:

Wednesday, Oct. 18

Game 1 – Manitoba at Alberta – 4:15 p.m.

Game 2 – Saskatchewan at British Columbia – 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 19

Game 3 – British Columbia at Manitoba – 4:15 p.m.

Game 4 – Saskatchewan at Alberta – 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 20

Game 5 – Manitoba at Saskatchewan – 4:15 p.m.

Game 6 – Alberta at British Columbia – 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 21

Semifinal 1 – Third Place at Second Place – 10:15 a.m.

Semifinal 2 – Fourth Place at First Place – 1 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 22

Bronze Medal Game – 10:15 a.m.

Gold Medal Game – 1 p.m.

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Sean McIntosh

About the Author: Sean McIntosh

Sean joined the Red Deer Advocate team in the summer of 2017. Originally from Ontario, he worked in a small town of 2,000 in Saskatchewan for seven months before coming to Central Alberta.
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