Lukenda ‘absolutely committed’ to bid for future Memorial Cup

Story by Peter Ruicci (Sault Star)  |  Graphic by

While he used the words “disappointing” and “unfortunate” when describing  the circumstances which led to the cancellation of the 2021 Memorial Cup,  Tim Lukenda also had a message for Soo Greyhounds fans.

“I’m absolutely committed to doing all I can to get the Memorial Cup here at some point in the future,” said Lukenda, the Hounds team president and governor. “I would love to have this chance again in the future.”

In a Wednesday press release, citing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Hockey League announced the second-consecutive cancellation of the Memorial Cup, which would have seen either Sault Ste. Marie or Oshawa serve as 2021 host city.

The 2020 event was to have been staged in Kelowna, B.C., with the Western Hockey League’s Kelowna Rockets serving as host team.

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