Red Deer Advocate is offering its subscribers the chance to experience the excitement of the upcoming Memorial Cup first hand.
Current subscribers to the Advocate can enter to win tickets to Memorial Cup games at bprda.wpengine.com/contests/ , while anyone who starts a new subscription between now and May 16 will be entered to win a complete package of Memorial Cup games.
“The Memorial Cup is a big event for the city, and we want to share the excitement with our readers,” said Advocate publisher Mary Kemmis. “It’s a fun way for us to say ‘thank you for your subscription.’
“We’ve made a lot of updates to our content and look over the past few months and we’re thrilled to share those changes with the community. Our local coverage is second to none and we’re extremely proud of our community support initiatives.”
The last time an Alberta team hosted the Memorial Cup was in 1965, before the WHL even existed. But this year, it returns to the Wildrose province as Red Deer hosts the best major junior teams in North America.
It’s one of the most difficult trophies in sport to win. Each of the major junior leagues send their champions, the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The host team, Red Deer Rebels this year, also participates in the tournament — if they win the WHL title, then the league’s runner up will be sent as well.
After a four-round playoff, the best teams have to compete again in a 10-day tournament, May 19-29. It truly is a best-of-the-best competition.
A round-robin tournament sees the top team take on the winner of a playoff between the second and third placed team in the final.
The Advocate will providing daily Memorial Cup coverage with all the scores, colour and stats in a special wrap format. You can also visit bprda.wpengine.com.