The Memorial Cup bid process is broken all to hell, yet one probably will not mind in 13 months' time when they get to spend 10 days in May in Quebec City.
In a decision that shocked no one outside of the Saguenay region, the Quebec Remparts won the 2015 host bid on Thursday in an unanimous vote over the lone other bidder, the Chicoutimi Saguenéens. Only having two bidders for an event that is still ostensibly held to decide the country's major junior hockey champion exacerbates the two-tiered nature of the Canadian Hockey League, and one could even go so far to say it can work against the event's credibility if the host team proves to be a dud on the national stage, but one that can sell a lot of tickets (see, Blades, Saskatoon, 2013).
The process that prices out almost everyone notwithstanding, selecting the Remparts over Chicoutimi is a tap-in. Quebec pretty much plays in a different league financially than the rest of the Q, averaging more than 2½ many times as fans as all but two Maritime teams, the Halifax Mooseheads and Moncton Wildcats. The Colisée Pepsi is also nearing the end of its run with the New Colisée due to open later next year, so the QMJHL is making the easy call to take the tournament to its biggest market before its turf is potentially contracted by the return of a National Hockey League team.Read More »from Quebec Remparts win 2015 Memorial Cup host bid, as QMJHL set to send Le Colisee off with a bang