60 Junior hockey players will soon face off for virtual supremacy, including Majid Kaddoura of the Prince George Cougars.

The Canadian Hockey League (CHL) announced the premiere edition of the Memorial eCup, a 64-team eSports tournament featuring all 60 CHL Clubs across Canada and the United States, plus four hockey personalities serving as guest participants.

“We are thrilled to launch this property and it only makes sense to do so with an innovative partner in Kia Canada,” said CHL President Dan MacKenzie.

“The growth of gaming and eSports offers a new opportunity to stay better connected with our fans. It is also a fun way to give our players a chance to showcase their skills in a format that many of them enjoy in their spare time.”

The interactive eSports tournament will feature one player representative from all 60 CHL Member Clubs displaying his gaming abilities and competitive spirit in NHL 21 for PlayStation, with all matches streamed on Facebook Live and Twitch.

The competition commences as a single-elimination tournament, with semifinal and final-round action then seeing players go head-to-head in a best-of-three format.
Tournament play begins November 28 with a 10-game set while the ultimate champion will be crowned December 17.