Sunny

Steinbach, MB

-13°c Sunny

Full Forecast

Sports

The Carillon - ONLINE EDITION

Allan Cup lands primary sponsor

North Stars to join the fray

By: Terry Frey

Posted: 09/3/2015 10:13 AM

  • Print
Host committee chair Jared Driedger (left) and Murray Rempel, owner of Grunthal Lumber, at an announcement earlier this week that Grunthal Lumber will be the primary sponsor of the 2016 Allan Cup tournament in Steinbach.

TERRY FREY/ THE CARILLON Enlarge Image

Host committee chair Jared Driedger (left) and Murray Rempel, owner of Grunthal Lumber, at an announcement earlier this week that Grunthal Lumber will be the primary sponsor of the 2016 Allan Cup tournament in Steinbach.

Advertisement

The arrival of September, and the dawn of the hockey season, means the 2016 Steinbach Allan Cup host committee are getting back to work as next year’s Allan Cup, being staged in Steinbach, April 11-18, 2016, is now just seven and a half months away.

Not that the organizing committee was idle during the summer months. In late July the host Southeast Prairie Thunder, the reigning Allan Cup champions, hosted a sold out fund-raising golf tournament at Quarry Oaks.

This week Host Committee chair Jared Driedger announced that Grunthal Lumber would be the primary sponsor for next year’s national tournament in Steinbach. When Steinbach hosted the 2009 Allan Cup, Smitty’s was the title sponsor.

Driedger says securing the main sponsor for next year’s tournament was a big piece of the puzzle and now they can focus their efforts on securing additional corporate sponsors

The Prairie Thunder have always had a strong connection to both Grunthal and Steinbach, particularly with Thunder GM Marv Kornelsen hailing from Grunthal.

Grunthal Lumber owner Murray Rempel, who has always been a supporter of the Prairie Thunder in the past, said he looks at it as an opportunity to promote his business, which has 45 employees, and in turn helping to support the Thunder and the tournament. "It will help to get our name out more in the region."

"Another reason I got involved," said Rempel, with a grin, "is that Marv (Kornelsen) can be very persuasive."

Driedger said that they are also excited that two more Manitoba teams have come forward in attempts to earn a second berth at the Steinbach Allan Cup along with the host Prairie Thunder. Both the Ile des Chenes Northstars, who are also former Allan Cup champions, host team at the 2009 Allan Cup in Steinbach, and the Manitoba Lightning have indicated they will be icing a team year.

"With three teams in Manitoba," said Driedger, "it will help in the preparation with more competition, as well as ticket sales with another local team competing."

 

More Sports News

  • Pistons falter against Stampeders

    11/19/2018 7:41 AM

    In a battle of two of the top teams in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, the visiting Swan Valley Stampeders took three of a possible four points from the Steinbach Pistons in a weekend series at the T.G. Smith Centre ...

  • Pistons take one on the chin in Virden

    11/16/2018 7:21 AM

    This trip to Virden wasn't as successful as their last trip to the Manitoba Oil Capital last spring. Thursday night, in their first trip back to the stunning Tundra Oil & Gas Place since winning the MJHL championship there, the ...

  • Vaeth leads Pistons past Flyers

    11/14/2018 8:27 AM

    Boedey Vaeth scored two goals to lead the Steinbach Pistons to a 3-0 victory over the Winkler Flyers in Manitoba Junior Hockey League action Tuesday night in Steinbach.

    Vaeth, the Lorette product, now has 10 goals on the season ...

Ads by Google

Electronic Copies

The Carillon single copy cover

Annual Subscription

Back issues available with an e-subscription

Subscribe to single copy
$1.50 each (includes tax)

November 15, 2018 copy now available

Read this week’s classifieds