The Kingston Frontenacs Hockey Club has announced their intention to bid for the right to host the 2024 Memorial Cup presented by Kia, which will take place in June 2024.
Kingston and three other Ontario Hockey League clubs have submitted intents to bid for the right to host the 2024 Memorial Cup. Joining the Frontenacs in their hunt to host the year-end tournament are the Niagara IceDogs, Saginaw Spirit, and Soo Greyhounds. Each club will submit their bids prior to the January 31 deadline, with the winning bid being announced in March 2023.
The 2024 Memorial Cup will be the 104th edition of the tournament and if successful in their bid, Kingston would host the prestigious 10-day event for the first time. The Memorial Cup features the playoff champions from the Ontario Hockey League, Western Hockey League, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, in addition to the chosen OHL host club.
The City of Kingston has a deep connection to the Memorial Cup’s roots. Kingston native, Captain James T. Sutherland was instrumental in founding the Memorial Cup in 1919. Following the First World War, Sutherland pioneered the idea to create the Memorial Cup in honour of all the fallen soldiers that gave their lives overseas defending their country.
The Memorial Cup, one of the most coveted and prestigious trophies in North American sport, has a rich tradition that has shaped the way junior hockey is played in North America.
The Kingston Frontenacs will work with the City of Kingston, Tourism Kingston, Kingston Accommodation Partners, Downtown Kingston, ASM Global (Leon’s Centre management) and others in the community to complete the bid process in hopes of bringing the Memorial Cup to Kingston, Ontario.