“We will certainly try for it. It is one of our ownership and my team’s goals to host the Memorial Cup in Saint John. I don’t see that changing,” Sea Dogs president and general manager Trevor Georgie told the website Huddle. “We intend to put in a bid."
Georgie added that hosting this year's QMJHL Entry Draft is a good start, allowing the team to see what they can pull off.
The Sea Dogs have been saying for years that they hope to host the Memorial Cup in either 2018 or 2019. 2018 is not an option with the CHL choosing the break the rotation and award the 100th Memorial Cup tournament to the Regina Pats.
Many wondered if the Sea Dogs were still committed to hosting in 2019 due to the team's current cycle. It's not impossible for Saint John to have a quality team in two years time, but it will not be a simple task.
The Sea Dogs are, clearly, set up to win this season. The team won't have time to tear it all down and build through the draft for 2019, so the Dogs will need to get a bit creative if they want to be amongst the nation's best that year. Not impossible, but it's no easy task.
The Halifax Mooseheads and Moncton Wildcats have also expressed interest in hosting the 2019 tournament.
Some other news and notes...
- The Sea Dogs will hold a press conference tomorrow to update the health of defenceman Oliver Felixson.
- Charlottetown and Moncton will host the QMJHL legs of the 2017 Canada-Russia Series.
- Jakub Zboril has shown a lot of improvement this season, The Q News explains.
- If the Charlottetown Islanders defeat the Moncton Wildcats tonight (and they very likely will), the Isles will enter Friday's game at Harbour Station three points back of the Sea Dogs for first overall. Huge game.
- Four Islanders fan buses are making the trip to Friday's game.
- Saint John's final two home games of the regular season are this weekend: Friday against Charlottetown and Saturday against Halifax.
- The Sea Dogs will hold their annual awards banquet on March 20.