Membertou to host Na­tional Aboriginal Hockey Cham­pi­onship

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Membertou will host the 2018 Na­tional Aboriginal Hockey Cham­pi­onships.

Team from across the coun­try will com­pete at the event from May 1-14, 2018, at the Membertou Sport and Wellness Cen­tre.

“I am proud to be bring­ing the 2018 Na­tional Aboriginal Hockey Cham­pi­onships back to Nova Sco­tia,” Jeff Spencer, chair of the Na­tional Aboriginal Hockey Pro­gram, said in a re­lease. “Chief Paul and the com­mu­nity of Membertou have as­sem­bled a first-class team with an A-1 fa­cil­ity and know that this elite na­tional cham­pi­onship will be well-re­ceived and hosted.”

The goal of the tour­na­ment is to help de­velop, en­rich and ad­vance the sport of hockey through­out Cape Bre­ton.

There will also be a legacy pro­gram for Mi’kmaq youth in Cape Bre­ton.

“We look for­ward to host­ing this ac­tion-packed tour­na­ment right here in our com­mu­nity and to sup­port aboriginal youth as they pur­sue their hockey dreams,” said Membertou Chief Terry Paul.

“This tour­na­ment is ex­pected is bring many pos­i­tive eco­nomic ben­e­fits to Cape Bre­ton through lo­cal ho­tels and res­tau­rants.”

The tour­na­ment will fea­ture elite ban­tam and mid­get-aged Cana­dian Aboriginal hockey players. Along with a show­case of their ath­letic abil­i­ties, the tour­na­ment also aims to fos­ter cultural unity and pride. It’s been held an­nu­ally since 2001.

“Cape Bre­ton is poised to show our world renowned hospitality and raise the bar for those com­mu­ni­ties host­ing the event in the fu­ture,” said co-chair Ger­ard MacPhee. “The or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee is ex­cited and ready to ex­e­cute this na­tional event and make the ex­pe­ri­ence the best ever for par­tic­i­pants, of­fi­cials, part­ners, spon­sors and fans from across Canada. We look for­ward to work­ing closely with the NAHC and the com­mu­nity of Membertou.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Membertou coun­cil­lor Gra­ham Mar­shall speaks at the 2017 Na­tional Aboriginal Hockey Cham­pi­onships in Dun­can, B.C. over the weekend. Membertou was awarded the 2018 edi­tion of the tour­na­ment, to be played at the Membertou Sport and Wellness Cen­tre, May 1-14, 2018.

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