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Events Lunenburg County & 2018 Esso Cup are thankful to the following generous sponsors:


Chronicle Herald

CKBW/County 100.7

Province of Nova Scotia

Atlantica Canada Opportunities Agency


Hockey Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Sporta Hall of Fame

Municipality of the district of Lunenburg

Town of Bridgewater


Coach Atlantic


Atlantic Oak Island Hotel

Best West Bridgewater


 Follow the Road


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 April 19, 2018



Six teams to compete for Canada’s National Female Midget Championship in Bridgewater, N.S.

BRIDGEWATER, N.S. – Six of Canada’s top female Midget teams have qualified for the 2018 Esso Cup, Canada’s National Female Midget Championship, set for April 22-28 in Bridgewater, N.S.

The host team, Metro Boston Pizza, will welcome five regional champions – Atlantic (Northern Selects), Ontario (Brampton Canadettes), Quebec (Pionnières de Lanaudière), Pacific (St. Albert Slash), and West (Saskatoon Stars) – to the 1,196-seat Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre.

“We’re excited to have all six teams qualified as we continue our final preparations for the 2018 Esso Cup,” said Kevin Benjamin, co-chair of the local host committee. “Our volunteers have been working tirelessly with just under one week left before the championship begins. The entire community is looking forward to a competitive tournament and showcasing all that Bridgewater has to offer.”

Ticket packages are available for purchase online now at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets for $75, which includes one general admission ticket to all 19 Esso Cup games. As with all of Hockey Canada’s national championships, all net proceeds from ticket sales remain in the host community as a legacy to support programs that foster the growth of hockey.

Organizers of the 2018 Esso Cup have also announced day-pass price options for the national championship that allow purchasers to take in all games scheduled for that day. Tickets for one day of preliminary-round action (April 22-26) will cost $15, while tickets for both semifinals on April 27 will cost $20. Fans can also purchase a day pass for the medal round on April 28 for $30. Single-game tickets are available for purchase for the preliminary round ($10 per game), semifinals ($15 per game), and the bronze- and gold-medal games ($20 per game). All single-day and single-game tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre box office, or online at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets.

Historically, the event has generated more than $1 million in local economic impact, with the event proceeds being directed to supporting female hockey development in the community.

Isobel Gathorne-Hardy Award

Hockey Canada has worked with long-time partner Esso to ensure the Esso Cup is a celebration of female hockey excellence.

As part of this year’s tournament awards, Mackenna Parker will be honoured with the 2018 Isobel Gathorne-Hardy Award.

Parker, captain of the Saskatoon Stars of the Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League, was named the 2017-18 SFMAAAHL Hayley Wickenheiser MVP. The Clavet, Sask., native also collected the Kelly Bechard Top Scorer award, recording 33 goals and 27 assists for 60 points in 23 games, and currently ranks second in SFMAAAHL all-time scoring. Parker represented Canada at the 2017 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship, winning a bronze medal in Dmitrov, Russia.

For more information on the Esso Cup, please visit HockeyCanada.ca/EssoCup or follow through social media on Facebook and Twitter.

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Bridgewater, N.S., selected to host 2018 Esso Cup, Canada’s National Female Midget Championship

July 30, 2016, Bridgewater, N.S., selected to host 2018 Esso Cup, Canada’s National Female Midget Championship

BRIDGEWATER, N.S. – Building on the successful execution of the 2016 World Sledge Hockey Challenge in January, Events Lunenburg County has partnered with Halifax-based female Midget hockey team Metro Boston Pizza to secure hosting rights for the 2018 Esso Cup.

The Esso Cup, Canada’s National Female Midget Championship, will see the host team, Metro Boston Pizza, face off against teams representing the Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, West, and Pacific regions during five days of round-robin play before moving into semifinals and the medal games.

“I’m pleased that high-level female Midget hockey is coming to the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre, and our South Shore community,” said Connie Martin, chair of the 2018 Esso Cup host organizing committee. “Events Lunenburg County and the host committee want to make the 2018 Esso Cup an enjoyable and memorable tournament for all the players, their supporters, and fans that will come out to watch the host team, Metro Boston Pizza, and the five teams from across Canada.”

The Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre will welcome teams and fans alike April 22-28, 2018, as Nova Scotia becomes the second Atlantic province to host the Esso Cup since its inception in 2009; Charlottetown, P.E.I., hosted the championship in 2012.

“A key component of our events revolves around the local investments made in the host communities in growing the game we all share a passion for,” said Dean McIntosh, senior director of events and properties at Hockey Canada. “The event revenue from the 2018 Esso Cup will stay in Bridgewater and the province of Nova Scotia as a legacy to help grow and promote the female game – much like the World Sledge Hockey Challenge revenue did earlier this year. We had a wonderful experience in Bridgewater in January, and we look forward to working with the community to celebrate the female game at the 2018 Esso Cup.”

Historically, the Esso Cup has generated in excess of $1 million in local economic impact through the provision of services to the athletes, families, and fans that travel into the community for the event. The 2016 Esso Cup, held in Weyburn, Sask., boasted a legacy of more than $135,000 that was directed to projects and programming to support female hockey in southern Saskatchewan.

The 2017 Esso Cup will be held in Morden, Man., from April 23-29.

For more information on the Esso Cup, please visit Hockey Canada, or follow along via social media on Facebook and Twitter.