September 14, 2016
The 2016 TELUS Cup is leaving a lasting legacy on local hockey development.
The net profit for the event, held at the qplex in April, is $175,000, which will be donated back to the community in support of various grassroots hockey initiatives.
“We are thrilled to announce that our Legacy Fund is the largest in the history of the TELUS Cup,” said Aaron Kennedy, chair of the local host organizing committee. “This record-setting Legacy Fund is the result of phenomenal community support from our sponsors, volunteers and fans, and a tremendous performance by the silver-medalist Saint John Vito’s.”
The Vito’s became the first team from New Brunswick to reach the medal podium at the national midget hockey championship, and their success attracted record crowds to the qplex, including 1,750 fans for the gold-medal game.
“Our mission at Hockey Canada is to grow the game across the country by encouraging more Canadians to take up the sport as players, coaches, officials, and volunteers in every capacity. It is one of the key reasons we work with communities from coast to coast to coast to host our national events, and put the event’s proceeds back into the host community to support hockey programming,” said Dean McIntosh, senior director of events and properties, Hockey Canada. “The community of Quispamsis put its full support behind the 2016 TELUS Cup, resulting in not only the successful execution of the event, but also a successful and meaningful legacy that will positively impact the community for years to come. Congratulations to all involved!”
P.R.O. Kids will receive $60,000 in funding to support children from Greater Saint John who may not otherwise have the financial means to play organized hockey. The Hockey Canada Foundation’s “Dreams Come True” program came to Quispamsis during the TELUS Cup and provided new equipment to 36 children through the P.R.O. Kids program. Registration costs for the 2016-17 hockey season were also covered.
“We are so appreciative of our partnership with the TELUS Cup and Dreams Come True,” said Kathy Davison, former chair of the P.R.O. Kids board of directors. “I want to thank the local host committee for including us in their Legacy Fund. We will definitely put this money to good use.”
A total of $40,000 will be distributed amongst nine local minor hockey associations: Kennebecasis Valley, Saint John Youth, Lancaster, Hampton, St. Stephen, Sussex, Charlotte County, River Valley Female, and Grand Manan. The rest of the Legacy Fund money has been earmarked for Hockey New Brunswick, EDZA South, the Saint John Vito’s, and Don Koharski’s Officiating Camp.
“We’d like to thank the TELUS Cup host committee for the outstanding Legacy Fund contributions,” said Nic Jansen, executive director of Hockey New Brunswick. “The money donated to the various groups will assist in giving more youth the opportunity to play hockey, as well as providing development opportunities for players, coaches and officials across Hockey New Brunswick.”