Mayor Dilkens on the 2017 Master Card Memorial Cup Logo
This afternoon the 2017 Master Card Memorial Cup Logo was officially unveiled at the WFCU Centre.
Organizing committee members, Drew Dilkens (Mayor of Windsor), John Savage (Windsor Spitfire Governor), and Mike Akpata, (Organizing Committee Veterans’ Liason) each delivered remarks, highlighting and paying tribute to the logo’s central message – the historical Lancaster Bomber and the poppy emblazoned on it.
Akpata, a former Windsor Police Officer and a military veteran of Afghanistan tours stated, “that this is not a logo; it is our past”. He spoke powerfully and emotionally about how this captured the essence of what the Memorial Cup is all about, not only today but in its original inception. The Ontario Hockey Association’s established this Cup after the First World War as a memorial to members of the Ontario Hockey Association who had fallen on the field of war.
Mayor Dilkens stressed that “in Windsor, Sports Tourism is an economic driver”. He went on further to assure everyone that the City of Windsor and its Organizing Committee will provide the participants of this 99th Memorial Cup Tournament an experience unlike any that they will have experienced.
The banners of the logo (in both official languages) were unveiled by two Windsor Spitfire players before a gathering of media, minor league hockey players and other civic leaders. It was carried live on television by local community cable, COGECO TV (HD 700).
Windsor hosts the Memorial Cup Tournament May 19 to May 28, 2017 at Windsor’s WFCU Centre.
Joe McParland talks to Mayor Dilkens about the 2017 Master Card Memorial Cup and the new logo
Story, photo and interview by Joe McParland