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SAINT JOHN - The Saint John Sea Dogs will not place a bid to host the 2019 Memorial Cup, the team confirmed on Thursday night.
Sea Dogs president and general manager Trevor Georgie made the announcement at Market Square on Thursday at the team's town hall event. Head coach Josh Dixon was also on hand for the meeting with fans.
The Sea Dogs opted not to move forward with a bid some time ago, but this was the first time saying so publicly.
The Halifax Mooseheads have confirmed they are placing a bid. The Moncton Wildcats, who will have a new building to play in next season, are the only other QMJHL team that has express interest. The 'Cats have been quiet on the bidding process for some time, though.
The Mooseheads are well positioned in their cycle to host - unlike the Sea Dogs. It would be incredibly difficult for Saint John to ice a strong team next season, and most would agree its best the team take a pass on 2019 and build for another year.
George did say the team will look at bidding for the next QMJHL hosted Memorial Cup, which would be in 2022 if the CHL doesn't adjust the cycle again.
This season's Memorial Cup will be held in Regina.