Date: Nov, 07, 2017 12:00 PM EDT

SUDBURY, Ont. – The Nickel City – which is just months away from hosting the TELUS Cup, Canada’s National Midget Championship – has also been awarded the 2019 Esso Cup, the country’s female midget championship, Hockey Canada announced on Tuesday.

“It’s no easy task to host back-to-back national midget championships, but we know the fans in Sudbury and the hockey community in northern Ontario is up to the task and will support the events in full force,” said Dean McIntosh, vice-president of events and properties for Hockey Canada. “The TELUS Cup and Esso Cup are prestigious events, and we look forward to bringing them to the Sudbury region.”

The Esso Cup brings together the top five female midget hockey teams from across the country (Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, West, and Pacific) plus the host team, the Sudbury Lady Wolves, for six days of exciting hockey action. The 2019 edition of the tournament will be hosted April 21-27 at the Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex in Sudbury.

“We are thrilled to be hosting this prestigious event in Sudbury, a city with a strong history of female hockey excellence,” said Fran Rider, president and CEO of the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association (OWHA). “We look forward to welcoming teams from across Canada as we leave a positive legacy for the city, surrounding communities and the game.”

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.

“What a tremendous honour it is for the City of Greater Sudbury to be chosen as the host of the 2019 ESSO Cup National Female Midget Hockey Championship” said Mayor Brian Bigger. “This prestigious event will showcase not only our wonderful, hockey crazed city, but also our signature Northern Ontario hospitality, and the exceptional hockey talent that exists across Canada.”

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