© Herald Photo by Dave Leaderhouse
A large contingent of Prince Albert Minto fans have made the trip to Moose Jaw this week for the 2014 Telus Cup championship. The fans have been vocal and colourful and clearly outnumber the fans of every other club at the tournament.
Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw is a beautiful building with plenty of seats, but during the 2014 Telus Cup this week a lot of them have been empty.
The ones that do have bums in them mostly belong to Prince Albert Minto fans as a large contingent has made the trip to southern Saskatchewan to cheer on their club to what is hopefully a third national championship in the last nine years.
“The support down here has been unbelievable,” says Mike Mazurak, the Mintos’ governor. “It helps when you are only four hours down the road and it means a lot to the organization and to the team.”
Numerous fans are adorned in Minto jerseys and some have their face painted or even wear a green wig to standout. Whatever feature they chose the main focus is to support the Mintos.
“That is why everyone in our league likes us,” says Mazurak. “We just have great fans.”
That was evident two weeks ago when the Mintos hosted the Western Regional championship. More than 2,000 people attended the final game as Prince Albert edged the Notre Dame Argos 4-3 to claim the western berth for the Telus Cup.
Throughout that four-day event fan support was strong and one has to wonder what it would be like if the national tournament were to return to Prince Albert. Without the vocal Minto contingent this year’s Telus Cup would be pretty quiet.