The Regina Pats are releasing the details of how they’re going to kick-off the 100th edition of the Memorial Cup on May 17.
The festivities will include live entertainment, a tribute to the cup and the military, a huge fireworks display, and a performance by the Eagles, all hosted by Saskatchewan-born comedian Brent Butt.
“We are launching the 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup with the biggest bang in the 100-year history of the championship,” said Shaun Semple, chair of Regina’s host committee.
The event will also have a musical tribute to the Humboldt Broncos performed by Jack Semple and the Regina Symphony.
The festivities will get underway at 4 p.m. in Confederation Park with the Centennial Salute Tailgate Party. It will be hosted by Cash Cab’s Adam Growe and will feature live music, photo opportunities and prizes.
Before the Eagles concert, a special red-carpet event will take place at 5 p.m. at the AGT Lounge in Mosaic Stadium. The event will feature many famous names including NHL hockey greats and representatives from the Canadian military and CHL.
Music will fill the air starting at 7 p.m. with Saskatchewan country singer Jess Moskaluke and Chad Brownlee.
The Snowbirds air demonstration squadron will do a fly-by as well.
The show will culminate with a performance by one of the greatest American bands of all time, the Eagles. Following their show, a huge fireworks display will light up the sky above Mosaic Stadium.
The Memorial Cup tournament will take place from May 18-27.