The Saint John Sea Dogs will host the 2022 Memorial Cup, the Canadian Hockey League announced Wednesday.
The New Brunswick team beat out a bid from the Quebec Remparts to earn the right to host the four-team national major junior hockey championship tournament for the first time.
It will mark the first Memorial Cup since 2019 after COVID-19 scrapped the past two events.
Founded in 2005, the Sea Dogs captured the Memorial Cup in 2011 and also qualified for the tournament in 2012 and 2017.
The Sea Dogs will be joined by champs from the OHL, QMJHL and WHL in the tournament.
“We are extremely excited to be granting the rights to host this event to Saint John for the first time,” said CHL President Dan MacKenzie. “The bid committee did a fantastic job of outlining how Saint John will embrace the Memorial Cup with its Maritime hospitality to create an atmosphere that both celebrates the game and leaves a lasting legacy in the community.”