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11 days of fun planned during Memorial Cup in Kamloops

The Tournament Capital Centre is pictured in this submitted B.C. Government photo.
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Activities for all ages are scheduled during the  2023 Memorial Cup hockey tournament in Kamloops at various venues.

The Arrival of the Cup ceremony kicks things off on Thursday, May 25, at the Powwow Arbour from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and everyone is encourage to come out. The event features a welcome prayer followed by opening remarks and introductions of the Blazers and three Regional League Champions.

That night The Glorious Sons will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Molson Canadian Hockey House, the official entertainment venue for the tournament, located beside the Sandman Centre. The two-time Juno award-winning Canadian rock band from Kingston, Ontario, was founded in 2011 and are known for hits like Everything Is Alright and Sawed off Shotgun.

A different band will be performing every night of the tournament. Independent and local bands will cover a wide range of genres from classic rock covers to country to acoustic tunes. Hockey House will serve as the official entertainment zone throughout the tournament, the venue for live music, game viewing parties, DJs, leadership talks and pre-game hot stoves, according to the Canadian Hockey League website.

From Friday, May 26 to June 4, activities for all ages of hockey fans will be happening at Fan Zone at Sandman Centre including interactive skills games from TopShot Hockey. At Kelson Hall, a Hockey Hall of Fame will be set up showcasing the most prized artifacts and trophies in Kamloops.

On-ice development courses will be underway for aspiring players and goalies to improve their skills at the McArthur Island Sport and Events Centre and Sandman Centre.

An Eco Day Scavenger Hunt will be held at Riverside park from May 26 to June 2, where visitors and locals are invited to explore Riverside Park and learn about environmental sustainability using the Scavify app. Presented by Thompson Rivers University, players can answer trivia questions and complete tasks like sharing photos to win prizes. The fun ends on June 2 when visitors can visit vendors at the park that focus on environmental sustainability. 


On May 27 and 28, a Memorial Cup Ball Hockey Tournament for kids ages 5 to 13 will be played at 300 St. Paul St. The three-on-three ball hockey tournament includes an official memorial cup jersey and other souvenirs.

On Wednesday, May 31, one of Canada’s most decorated Olympians Clara Hughes will talk about her battle with depression with humour and practical advice, as part of the Blazing Trails Leadership Series by Tkemlúps te Secwépemc at the Sandman Centre from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

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On June 3 at 10 a.m. at 300 St. Paul St. women of all backgrounds will demonstrate their skills and strength competing in series of fitness tests, including a car pulling contest.

The 2023 Memorial Cup will pit the playoff champion from the Western Hockey League (WHL), Ontario Hockey League (OHL), and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), along with the host Kamloops Blazers, in a four-team round-robin tournament to determine this year’s CHL champion.

Go here for more information about the 2023 Memorial Cup Tournament.

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