Real McCoys bringing Allan Cup tourney to Dundas

DUNDAS – The Allan Cup Hockey Tournament is returning to the Valley Town in 2014 and the Dundas Real McCoys team will be host. The Real McCoys last staged the event, which determines Canada’s senior hockey champions, in 2003.

The expanded tournament will feature six teams competing for the Allan Cup Trophy in April 2014 and TSN will broadcast the championship game from Dundas.

“The time is right, to make public, the project that has been worked on for months by the Real McCoys executive,” said team general manager and president Don Robertson. “What an honour to be able to host the world’s oldest national hockey championship again. We have been to the last four Allan Cup Tournaments, so we know what to expect and what is expected of us to run a great event.”

Robertson said the organizing the event will involve “a group of community leaders on our committee, and a stellar list of sponsors, but we know that the real success will come from the army of volunteers and our loyal fans who are the lifeblood of our hockey club”

Ontario Hockey Association president Brent Ladds noted that the Allan Cup “is one of Hockey Canada’s oldest and most prestigious championships,”

“The Ontario Hockey Association and the Allan Cup Hockey League are extremely pleased to be part of this tremendous initiative, being spearheaded by the Dundas Real McCoys. We congratulate Don Robertson and his staff for having taken a lead role in bringing such a high-profiled event to the hockey fans in southern Ontario.

“The honour of winning this coveted trophy ranks equally in any category and with any of the Hockey Canada championships such as the Memorial Cup.”

The Real McCoys and the Kenora Thistles play a best-of-three series this Easter Weekend to determine the Central Canadian representative for this year’s Allan Cup in Lloydminster, Sask., April 16-21. The Renwick Cup series will be played in Dundas, opening on Good Friday, 7.30 p.m. at the JL Grightmire Arena. Game two will go Saturday at 7 p.m. and if a third game is necessary it will be played on Sunday at 2 p.m.