Memorial Cup

Memorial Cup trophy visits Amherstburg

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup will be decided at the WFCU Centre in Windsor but the trophy itself is visiting several areas of Windsor-Essex County while it is in the area.

Amherstburg was the Memorial Cup trophy’s stop last Sunday afternoon, as it came to the Libro Centre. The colour guard from Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 escorted the trophy into the main ice pad with the fans in attendance lining up to have their photograph taken with the cup.

The Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 colour guard pose with the Memorial Cup and the staff that brought junior hockey’s top prize to Amherstburg.

The Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 colour guard pose with the Memorial Cup and the staff that brought junior hockey’s top prize to Amherstburg.

“The Memorial Cup’s history is iconic to Canadian values,” said Mayor Aldo DiCarlo.

DiCarlo pointed out the trophy was originally dedicated in memory of Canadians killed in World War I, but was rededicated in 2010 to all soldiers who were killed in action. Legion Br. 157 president Dave Lauzon said they were pleased to have the opportunity to bring the trophy into the building and echoed DiCarlo’s statements about the history of the trophy.

The Integrity Amherstburg Admirals and Mayor Aldo DiCarlo pose with the Memorial Cup while the trophy was at the Libro Centre May 21.

The Integrity Amherstburg Admirals and Mayor Aldo DiCarlo pose with the Memorial Cup while the trophy was at the Libro Centre May 21.

Lauzon added it is the Legion’s honour to pay tribute to those who paid the supreme sacrifice.

“Further, we honour Canadian soldiers of today who partake in all conflicts globally,” he said.

The Memorial Cup trophy was originally donated by the Ontario Hockey Association in 1919 to honour the champions of junior hockey. It is considered by some the toughest trophy to win in sports.

Brandi Sieber brought her family and said they had been at the Libro Centre since noon. The kids said the best part was getting their picture with the trophy. Another fan, Josh Fex, said he is hoping to win the Memorial Cup and noted goalie and Amherstburg native Michael DiPietro is his idol.

Rex Bullard, Koheri Sieben, Brie Sieben and Macy Bullard stand beside the Memorial Cup during the trophy's visit to the Libro Centre May 21.

Rex Bullard, Koheri Sieben, Brie Sieben and Macy Bullard stand beside the Memorial Cup during the trophy’s visit to the Libro Centre May 21.

DiCarlo added the town was proud to host the Memorial Cup trophy.

“I think people learned about the history of it, which was very important,” he added.

The 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup runs through Sunday when the championship game will be played in Windsor at 7 p.m. The Spitfires’ last round-robin game is May 24 against the OHL champion Erie Otters.

To see a photo album of the Memorial Cup’s visit to Amherstburg, click here.

Memorial Cup coming to the Libro Centre May 21

 

Special to the RTT

The Memorial Cup is coming to Amherstburg.

The trophy itself, which is closing in on 100 years old, will be on display at the Libro Centre May 21 from 1-3 p.m.

As part of the nine day tournament, the host Windsor Spitfires and the City of Windsor have announced a community tour that will see the Memorial Cup travel across the region so that residents can experience junior hockey’s most coveted prize up close.

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The Memorial Cup will arrive in front of the Libro Credit Union Centre and will be escorted into the arena by the Legion Branch Colour Guard at 1 p.m., where residents can enjoy the opportunity of getting their picture taken with this piece of Canadian sport history.

Festivities will start at 12 noon, before the Memorial Cup arrives, with free Turf Tots for toddlers and children under four years of age, face-painting, and FREE popcorn for everyone.

Kids and kids at heart will be able to get their favorite Admirals’ autograph prior to a charity game between the Amherstburg Admirals and the Amherstburg Police Service taking place on the Movati Athletic Rink at 2 p.m. The Ice Bullets Sledge Hockey Team will also be on hand to teach everyone how to shoot a puck while sitting in a sledge.

“We are so excited and honoured to be a part of this event,” says Mayor Aldo DiCarlo. “The 2017 season marks the 99th anniversary of the Memorial Cup, one of the most prestigious and coveted trophies in North American sport.”

The Memorial Cup, has a rich tradition that has shaped the way junior hockey is played in North America. The trophy was originally known as the OHA Memorial Cup and was donated by the Ontario Hockey Association in March, 1919, in remembrance of the many soldiers who paid the supreme sacrifice for Canada in The First World War.

In 2010, the Memorial Cup was rededicated to the memory of all fallen Canadian military personnel.