Tomorrow, the puck officially drops for the 2016 RBC Cup in Lloydminster.
At 3:30 p.m., Saturday, May 14th, the Brooks Bandits will take on the Trenton Golden Hawks in the first game of this year’s tournament. All games are being held at the Centennial Civic Centre in the Border City.
Hockey Canada, the Canadian Junior Hockey League, and the Alberta Junior Hockey League will welcome the nation’s top teams, all competing for Canada’s National Junior A Championship from May 14th to the 22nd.
The other 3 teams competing aside from the Brooks Bandits (winners out of the West #2), and the Trenton Golden Hawks (winners of the Central region), are the hosts, the Lloydminster Bobcats, the Carleton Place Canadians (winners out of the East), and the West Kelowna Warriors (winners from West #1).
“Our city is thrilled once again to be on the national stage as we host the best five Junior A teams in Canada,” saiys Malcolm Radke, Co-chair of the host committee. “It should be an exciting week for the community of Lloydminster as we celebrate the great game of hockey.”
This will be the Bobcats’ first ever appearance at Canada’s National Junior A Championship, but it’s the sixth time that an Alberta Junion Hockey League team will host the tournament, joining the likes of Camrose (2011), Grande Prairie (2004), Fort McMurray (2000), Olds (1994) and Edmonton (1975).
The hosting Bobcats will make their debut in the tournament against the West Kelowna Warriors at 7:30 p.m.
The championship game will be held Sunday, May 22nd, at 4:00 p.m. MT/6 p.m. ET and will air on TSN and RDS 2, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada, but all preliminary-round games, and the semifinals, can be seen live via FASTHockey webcast at HockeyCanada.ca/RBCCup.