The annual Royal Bank Cup tournament is held to determine Canada’s Junior A champion. The tournament features a five-team round robin and a playoff. Participating teams include regional champions, the Western runner-up, and the host team.
As the curtain closed on the 2016-17 Canadian Hockey League season on Sunday in Cobourg, Ont., at least 35 players from the championship tournament now set their sights on becoming student-athletes in 2017-18.
The odds might have been stacked against them. But the Cobourg Cougars found a way to win and keep winning at this year’s RBC Cup tournament.
The Cobourg Cougars will get the chance to hoist the national RBC Cup on home ice on Sunday. The Cougars, members of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, earned a spot in the national Junior A championship final by downing the British Columbia Hockey League’s Penticton Vees 3-1 on Saturday.
The Cobourg Cougars are certainly proving they belong among the teams vying to win the national RBC Cup championship. As hosts, the Cougars, members of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, were awarded an automatic berth into the five-team national tournament, which began May 13 and continues until this Sunday’s championship final.
The Brooks Bandits continue to lead the pack at the RBC Cup. The Bandits, members of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, registered their third consecutive victory on Tuesday at the national Junior A championship, which is being staged in Cobourg, Ont.
The Brooks Bandits find themselves atop the standings following the opening weekend of action at the RBC Cup tournament. The Bandits, members of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, won both of their matches at the five-team national Junior A championships, being staged in Cobourg, Ont.
Another lengthy Canadian Junior Hockey League season is about to wrap up. The 2016-17 season had kicked off last August when exhibition games started being staged across the province in the 10 Junior A leagues that make up the CJHL.
For the first time in recent memory, the Carleton Place Canadians will have a bit of an unwanted extended spring break. That’s because the Central Canada Hockey League franchise just missed out on once again qualifying for the RBC Cup, the national Junior A championship.
Josh Maguire will be able to fulfill his goal of vying for a national championship in his hometown. Maguire, who was born in Cobourg, had spent the previous four seasons playing for the Ontario Hockey League’s Peterborough Petes.
Kurt Walsten is anticipating some stiffer challenges in the upcoming days for his Dryden Ice Dogs. Walsten is the head coach/GM of the Ice Dogs, who breezed through regular season and playoff action in the Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL).
Just two short years ago the Blind River Beavers were in dire straits. The squad failed to win a single game in their 52 regular season outings. Things improved somewhat a year ago as the Beavers registered 10 victories. As for this season, nobody is laughing at the Blind River franchise now.
It’s more than just a cliché. Whenever playoffs roll around in any league, countless players, coaches and fans can often be heard uttering that anything can happen. That has certainly been the case this year in the Canadian Junior Hockey League.
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