Date: Nov, 08, 2017 12:00 PM EDT

SUDBURY, Ont. - Organizers of the 2018 TELUS Cup, hosted April 23-29 at the Sudbury Community Arena, have released the event’s full schedule and ticket packages.

“I believe that the 2018 TELUS Cup will bring another exciting and enjoyable week of exceptional hockey to Sudbury. I was fortunate enough to be coaching the host team when we hosted two decades ago, and I know what an incredible opportunity this is not only for the players and coaching staff, but also the community. I’m honoured to have the opportunity to give others the same experience that I was lucky enough to have 20 years ago when I was coaching.” said Barry McCrory, TELUS Cup 2018 tournament co-chair.

The host team Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves will open their quest for Canada’s National Midget Championship against the Pacific team at 7 p.m. ET on April 23. The Wolves earned a silver medal when they last hosted the event in 1998, and have made five total appearances at the event, winning gold in Arnprior, Ont., in 2008.

“It is an honour for the community of Sudbury to represent all of Northern Ontario in hosting this prestigious tournament, bringing six teams from around the country to showcase the highest level of hockey that Canada has to offer in minor hockey,” said NOHA President, Claudette Myre. “I know that Sudbury, and all of Northern Ontario, will show the players and families of the respective teams our northern hospitality.”

Ticket packages are available for purchase online now at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets, and start for as little as $35 through the special early-bird pricing available for the first 300 purchased or Dec. 15, whichever comes first. 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 in the community.

“This feels like the official start to the count down for the 2018 TELUS Cup, as we move ever closer to puck-drop,” said Tony Foresi, president of the Ontario Hockey Federation. “The host committee is working hard to create a memorable event not just for the players, but for their families, friends and fans. We invite everyone who loves our great game to get their tickets early and plan a trip to Sudbury in April 2018.”

For more information on Hockey Canada and the national midget championships, please visit HockeyCanada.ca/TELUSCup or join the social community at Twitter.com/HC_TELUSCup.