The 2021 Memorial Cup Presented by Kia is set to take place between May 20-30, 2021 with the Ontario Hockey League set to host. It will be an exciting time for two cities vying to represent the league in the season-ending collaboration with the QMJHL and WHL crowning Major Junior’s national hockey champion.
With this season’s Memorial Cup Presented by Kia set to take place May 21-31, 2020 in beautiful Kelowna, B.C. as the Rockets play WHL host, preparations have began to formalize the host-city for next season. The OHL league office announced on Feb 20 the Oshawa Generals and Soo Greyhounds are the two finalists in the bidding process for the 103rd edition of the event and will each present a final presentation in mid-April to the Selection Committee followed by an announcement in early May of the winning bid ahead of this year’s championship.
Now playing out of the upgraded Tribute Communities Centre, Oshawa looks to host for the first time since 1987 playing out of the older Oshawa Civic Auditorium seeing the WHL’s Medicine Hat Tigers win the championship. Having last won the nation-wide championship in an exciting OT win in 2015 in Quebec City, the Generals have a storied post-season history including five Memorial Cup championships and 13 Robertson Cup titles.
The Soo Greyhounds hosted the tournament in 1993 culminating a stretch that saw the Hounds win three-consecutive championships including on their home ice beating the Peterborough Petes. In 1978, the Greyhounds and Sudbury Wolves had partnered up to joint-host the event won by New Westminster of the WHL. Formerly playing out of the Sault Memorial Gardens, the Greyhounds moved into their new GPL Memorial Gardens in 2007.
Generals goaltender Jordan Kooy is excited: ” It’s unreal, I think being here is special and we’re going to push through this year and look forward to the next after the season. But it would be special for sure to host in your city.” Head coach Greg Walters looks forward to the decision in May saying: “It would be awesome for the city and the fans and everybody involved. We’re excited to bid for it and we will see what happens.”