It's only 66 days away and the Pembina Valley is gearing up for the 2017 Esso Cup.

"I think right now everything is on track. We are getting a lot of interest from the business community and volunteers. I feel really good about we are at," explained chair of the host committee Clare Agnew.

This is one of the bigger events the City of Morden has undertaken in recent years, and with big events, the need for funding and volunteers is always there.

"We were fortunate enough to get a few grants that we had applied for, as well as our local business community, was very supportive for our sponsorship," said Agnew. "I'd say with volunteers, a lot people are talking about it, but a lot of people have a hard time actually going on the computer and registering. I'm going to ask that people make sure that they register if they are interested. To just tell someone when you're passing them in the grocery store isn't good enough. We need you to register.

Agnew went on to say you can sign up to be a volunteer on the City of Morden or Hockey Canada websites. She noted they would like to have around 150 volunteers for the week long event.

The six team tournament will feature teams from the Atlantic, Pacific, Quebec, Ontario, West, and a host team (Pembina Valley) and as of right now the only team the committee knows is coming is the host Pembina Valley Hawks.

"Our ticket sales are slow right now, but we expect that because we don't even know who's coming to play," Agnew said. "We know that when the teams qualify those people will bring some fan support with them and we know they will be purchasing some tickets. That would be one of my unknowns, is the ticket sales. Hockey Canada ensures me that this is normal for these events until the teams start to qualify and you start to know who your teams are going to be."

A pass for the entire week of games is $60, which allows you to watch 19 exciting games throughout the week. That's only $3 a game!

Each team coming to play in the tournament will be receiving their own team bus and host for the week. Agnew noted it's their goal to have the teams visit a number of regional landmarks to get a taste of what the Pembina Valley is all about.

The tournament will get underway Sunday afternoon, with the first game being played between the Ontario and Quebec representatives.

Pembina Valley's preliminary game schedule is as follows;

- Game 1: Hawks vs. West at 7:00 p.m. Sunday April 23rd
- Game 2: Hawks vs. Pacific at 7:00 p.m. Monday April 24th
- Game 3: Hawks vs. Ontario at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday April 25th
- Game 4: Hawks vs. Quebec at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday April 26th
- Game 5: Hawks vs. Atlantic at 7:00 p.m. Thursday April 27th

 

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Tuesday, January 23rd

SEMHL
Winkler at Carman, 8 p.m.

MJHL
Selkirk at Winkler, 7:30 p.m.
Dauphin at OCN, 7 p.m.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Central Plains at Wpg Bruins, 7:30 p.m.

WHL
Brandon at Seattle, 9:05 p.m.

NHL
Carolina at Pittsburgh, 6 p.m.
New Jersey at Boston, 6 p.m.
Philadelphia at Detroit, 6:30 p.m.
Colorado at Montreal, 6:30 p.m.
Ottawa at St. Louis, 7 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Nashville, 7 p.m.
Florida at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
Buffao at Edmonton, 8 p.m.
Los Angeles at Vancouver, 9 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at Anaheim, 9 p.m.
Columbus at Vegas, 9 p.m.
Winnipeg at San Jose, 9:30 p.m.

NBA
Sacramento at Orlando, 6 p.m.
Brooklyn at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m.
Cleveland at San Antonio, 7 p.m.
New York at Golden State, 9:30 p.m.
Boston at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m.

Monday, January 22nd

South Central Athletic Conference
High School Varsity Basketball
Girls
Dakota 76 Northlands Parkway 35
Boys
Dakota 121 Northlands Parkway 63

Zone 4 High School Hockey League
Miller 8 Garden Valley 2
Morden 5 Prairie Mountain 3

NHL
Detroit 3 New Jersey 0
Colorado 4 Toronto 2
Minnesota 3 Ottawa 1
Tampa Bay 2 Chicago 0
Arizona 3 N.Y. Islanders 2 (OT)
Buffalo 2 Calgary 1 (OT)

NBA
Charlotte 112 Sacramento 107
Atlanta 104 Utah 90
Memphis 105 Philadelphia 101
Houston 99 Miami 90
New Orleans 132 Chicago 128 (OT)
Milwaukee 109 Phoenix 105
Dallas 98 Washington 75
Denver 104 Portland 101
Minnesota 126 L.A. Clippers 118

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