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Busy week for organizers as they countdown to the Memorial Cup

The round-robin tournament kicks off Friday, with the Halifax Mooseheads playing in the first game
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Memorial Cup (Chris Halef/HalifaxToday.ca)

It's a busy week for those on the Memorial Cup Host Organizing Committee as they finalize plans and go over last minute details.

The round-robin tournament kicks off Friday, with the Halifax Mooseheads playing in the first game.

The Herd now know they will be facing Prince Albert that night, following the Raiders' Game 7 overtime win Monday in the Western Hockey League.

The President Cup winning Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and the Ontario Hockey League champion Guelph Storm round out the Mooseheads' competition for the CHL's top prize.

Mooseheads communications manager, Scott MacIntosh, says the final game on May 26 is sold out, and tickets are going fast for the rest of the games on the schedule.

"I would suggest you get them now if you want to be part of the experience and be in this building," he says. "It's probably not going to be happening again any time soon in Halifax."

"I think the seats are probably down to under 1,000 remaining ... for most of these games.  We really want to pack the house and do Halifax proud."

The Memorial Cup will be arriving in Halifax Thursday at 5:30 p.m. aboard HMCS Glace Bay. The public is invited to the event at the Cunard Lot, 1325 Lower Water St., which is expected to include the participating teams, sponsors, along with a number of special guests and NHL alumni.

MacIntosh says hundreds of volunteers will help the tournament and related events run smoothly.

"Volunteers will be everywhere. They pull long shifts, but they're such an eager bunch," he tells NEWS 95.7's The Rick Howe Show. "I don't think there's anyone more excited for the Memorial Cup to get started than the volunteers. They are really the driving force behind it."

Volunteers will be drivers, greeters, security and team hosts. They'll also be assisting with the Kubota Fan Zone at the Halifax Convention Centre, and Street Fest on Argyle Street.

"We think we're going to have one of the best Memorial Cups in the 101 year history of the event," MacIntosh says.

All Street Fest performances will be free to the general public, however they are 19+ events.

Full line-up:

Friday, May 17 - Matt Mays
Saturday, May 18 - Sloan
Sunday, May 19 - The Stanfields
Monday, May 20 - Adam Baldwin and Makayla Lynn
Tuesday, May 21 - The Mellotones (featuring Jessie Brown and Jah'Mila)
Wednesday, May 22 - Ria Mae
Thursday, May 23 - The Town Heroes and Roxy and the Underground Soul Sound
Friday, May 24 - The Trews
Saturday, May 25 - Gord Bamford, Merimac, Dave Sampson, The Brood and Maximum Overdrive
Sunday, May 26 - Joel Plaskett Emergency




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