As the Superior International Jr. Hockey League is playing host to the 2015 Dudley-Hewitt Cup, Central Canada Championships — they begin on Tuesday in Fort Frances — the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League will be home to the event in 2016.
Sudbury Nickel Barons, recently re-named the Rayside-Balfour Canadiens, were originally slated to play host to the 2016 DHC playdowns but have since opted out as the NOJHL host entry.
Instead, Kirkland Lake will play host to the 2016 DHC and the Gold Miners will gain automatic entry as the home team.
The 2016 DHC will be held April 26-30 at the Joe Mavrinac Community Complex in KL.
NOJHL commissioner Robert Mazzuca noted that the Gold Miners have already started the planning process for next season.
“Planning is already well underway by the Gold Miners executive and their organizing committee and we look forward to working with them, the community, their corporate partners, the fans and citizens of Kirkland Lake in what is sure to be a tremendous event,” said Mazzuca.
Every year, the DHC rotates the host site between the NOJHL, the SIJHL and the Ontario Jr. Hockey League.
Whichever league plays host to the DHC is allowed two entries — the host and either the playoff champions or playoff finalists — making the annual tournament a four-team event.