Planning begins for Dudley-Hewitt Cup

Submitted by
Larry Patrick
Milt Strachan

The Dudley-Hewitt Cup Tournament 2020 will be held in Fort Frances on April 28 to May 2, 2020, at the Ice for Kids Arena.
A significant event, soon to be recognized by the Town of Fort Frances, the Fort Frances Lakers and the Dudley-Hewitt Cup Tournament Committee are proud to host the 2020 Dudley-Hewitt Cup Tournament.
It’s a “Golden Opportunity” to showcase Fort Frances and its neighboring communities as “Jewels of the North,” more than capable of staging a significant tournament like the Dudley-Hewitt Cup.
This is the third time the Dudley-Hewitt Cup has come to our community. In 2002, the Couchiching First Nation Borderland Thunder hosted the Dudley-Hewitt Cup Tournament in Fort Frances, and in 2015 the Fort Frances Lakers staged a stellar Dudley-Hewitt Cup Tournament and lost in the final game by one goal to the Soo Thunderbirds.
Make no mistake about it, the Fort Frances Lakers will be competitive in the 2020 Dudley-Hewitt Cup Tournament.
What is the
Dudley-Hewitt Cup?
The Dudley-Hewitt Cup is a championship hockey trophy, won by tournament, conducted by the Canadian Junior ‘A’ Hockey League.
It is named after George Dudley and W. A. Hewitt, two pioneers of amateur hockey in Ontario.
The tournament is comprised of the winners of the Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL), the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) and the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL), together with the host team, the Fort Frances Lakers.
The winner will move on to compete in the 2020 National Junior ‘A’ Championship, the RBC Cup.
The hockey games will showcase great skills in the spirit of competition within the rules of the Dudley-Hewitt Cup.
2020 Dudley-Hewitt Cup Tournament Committee
The logistics to plan an event of this magnitude can be overwhelming, but with committed volunteers and supportive communities, it is very manageable. It goes without saying that anytime a significant event is being staged, volunteers are needed, and the 2020 Dudley-Hewitt Cup Tournament Committee is no exception.
It is comprised of volunteers operating under the premise “excellence of execution.”
New volunteers are always welcomed!
The next 20202 Duldey-Hewitt Cup Central Canadian Jr. ‘A’ Championship meeting is on Sept. 19, 2019 at 6 p.m. at the Super 8 Motel.
Logistical planning for such a significant event like the Dudley-Hewitt Cup is underway and will be ongoing!
Some of the tasks that the 2020 Dudley-Hewitt Cup Tournament Committee are working on:
•generating sponsorships and partnerships;
•building a dedicated Dudley-Hewitt website;
•planning for the use of various service providers;
•planning the 2020 Dudley-Hewitt Cup Tournament logo;
•setting ticket prices and preparing tournament passes and prices of such;
•planning motel and meal accommodation for visiting teams and officials;
•managing transportation needs for the TEAMS and dignitaries;
•preparing information packages for the visiting teams and other visitors to showcase our great communities;
•planning for logistics like opening ceremonies, merchandise sales, tournament rules, formatting ID tags for players and visiting hockey dignitaries, etc.;
•game day logistics are a HUGE undertaking in itself;
•promotional ideas/plans;
•fun activities and events for families and fans alike;
•beer gardens; and
Fan-specific news
Dudley-Hewitt Cup Tournament passes and ticket sales will be announced at a future date along with a host of different events and activities happening during the tournament. Stay tuned!
Community news
Not only is the Dudley-Hewitt Cup a significant event and a sporting spectacle, it is an excellent opportunity for the Town of Fort Frances, and its neighboring communities to showcase the fabric of our communities and the vibrancy of its citizens.
Visitors such as hockey dignitaries, scouts and parents will be coming to our northwestern community to watch hockey, but they will also explore and see what we are all about.
Like a famous NHL sports icon, Bobby Hull, once said during one of the OFSAA tournaments held in Fort Frances, in reference to Fort Frances: “Boy, Fort Frances, sure is a well-kept secret!”
Our communities will shine once again during the 2020 Dudley-Hewitt Cup tournament.
Fort Frances, Couchiching First Nations, Borderland, and our neighboring communities, you are all invited to spectate and embrace the 2020 Dudley-Hewitt Cup Tournament with excitement!
See you there April 28 to May 2!