Prince Albert hockey fans get ready; another major event is coming to the city real soon.
The Prince Albert Mintos were notified on the weekend that their bid to host the 2014 Western Regional hockey championship has been accepted by the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League.
“It’s one little tournament away from the Telus Cup,” said Mintos general manager Don Fauchoux on Monday. “We’re real excited.”
The Western Regional event features the provincial champion from Saskatchewan and Manitoba along with the top team from Northern Ontario and the host team. The winner of the Western Regional qualifier then moves on to the Telus Cup, which is the national championship for Midget AAA hockey.
The Mintos, which won the Telus Cup in 2006 and ’07, last competed in the Western Regional in 2011 when they were defeated in the championship game played in Moose Jaw.
As it works out, Moose Jaw is the host site of the Telus Cup in 2014 so that club is automatically guaranteed a spot in the national tournament. The Mintos, who now know they will be that much closer to going for a third national championship by virtue of being the host team for the Western Regional event, would naturally like to go in through the front door as the provincial champion.
“We can start already by building for a couple of years down the road,” said Fauchoux. “Although, I wish it was this year. I really like our team this year.”
The Mintos begin their pre-season schedule tonight in Saskatoon with a game against the Blazers. By having the Western Regional event confirmed, the decision-making process for this year’s team might be altered.
Regardless, the Mintos are in an enviable position and the fans will be huge beneficiaries.
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