Memorial Cup Helps Bring New Life to St. John – New Brunswick

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On a few occasions, Rod Brown has been lucky enough to see his St. John Seadogs fight for the Memorial Cup, but this year season ticket holders are happy to have him back home.

“This is actually my third Memorial Cup because I’ve seen him play in Mississauga, I’ve seen him win in Mississauga, and I’ve also seen him play in Windsor, Ont., where unfortunately he didn’t. Well,” said Brown, a St. John resident.”

Brown is one of many fans who have brought new energy to Uptown St. John’s in recent times for the Memorial Cup.

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Fans across the country have found themselves in Port City for hockey. But, it’s the host city and the endless list of Memorial Cup events that stole the show.

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Yoland Gilbert of Montreal came to endorse his Schavinigan Cataract, and although he didn’t have much time to explore, first impressions are positive.

“Apart from the game, the hockey game, not now, but right now I’m running to Area 506 to see what it looks like – it looks great,” he said, proudly donning a cataract cap. Told.

Since St. John’s earned itself the right to be the host of the 2022 Memorial Cup, organizers have pointed out that it will be much more than hockey.

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The events starting after the trophy were extraordinarily delivered by helicopter including activities, concerts and speakers.

Most of the action – outside the games – has taken place at the recently opened Area 506 Waterfront Container Village, where musicians entertain fans before the puck drops.

“We have seen the lineups waiting to see our performance that we have lined up all the way down Graffiti Alley here at Waterfront Container Village, and it is a really cool thing to see that people are really outside. Excited to get out, enjoy the weather, enjoy the sun and enjoy St. John’s hospitality,” said Ray Gracewood, a local event manager for the Memorial Cup and founder of Area 506.

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Gracewood said that even fans unable to attend the game are able to watch the action from screens at the Container Village concert venue.

When asked what made St. John successful in his hosting duties, Gracewood credited his approach as a “multi-pronged phenomenon” that used all the might of the field to provide something for everyone.

Gracewood believes the tournament has not only helped re-establish St. John’s as a welcoming city, but it has helped to showcase his place.

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“The reaction to the uniqueness of the venue and how cool it is, not just in the region, but across Canada, is a huge indicator of the reputation we are going to build,” Gracewood said.

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The busy city streets have also been a bonus for local businesses, who are thrilled with the opportunity to welcome residents and tourists alike.

David Duplessia is the CEO of St. John’s Region Chamber of Commerce.

“We still see crowds at every venue, but estimates are above $10 million, which has significant economic implications for our region,” adding that the figures are based on what Halifax said when hosting the tournament. How did you perform?

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The Memorial Cup is a catalyst, Duplessa said, that puts St. John on the national stage, opening the door to significant future events.

“Success produces success and attention and attraction creates attention and attraction, so the more successful events we have, the easier it becomes to attract even more of them.”

However, for many at Sea Dogs Nation, it’s not all if the team can’t put up another championship banner in the Rafters. They will continue their quest for the Memorial Cup with a matchup against Schöningen on Saturday.

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