The Royal Bank Cup
is an annual ice hockey
tournament held to determine the Canadian Junior A champion
. The winner of the tournament wins the Royal Bank Cup. The forerunner to the Royal Bank Cup was the Manitoba Centennial Cup
, which ran for 25 years from 1971 to 1995 inclusive.
The Doyle Cup
Champion traditionally plays off against the Anavet Cup
Champion at the Royal Bank Cup for the Western Canadian Championship, The Abbott Cup
. The outcome of the Abbott Cup is determined during the Royal Bank Cup round robin and the outcome of the game is more important in tournament placement than the long history of the award.
The current tournament structure is a five-team round-robin with a playdown. The participating teams are the four regional champions and the host team.
- Fred Page Cup: Eastern Champion
- Dudley Hewitt Cup: Central Champion
- Anavet Cup: Western Champion
- Doyle Cup: Pacific Champion
- Host Team: Canadian Junior A Hockey League
Royal Bank Cup history
In May 1996, the inaugural Royal Bank Cup
was held in Melfort, Saskatchewan
, continuing the fine tradition of a National Junior ‘A’ championship. Each league across Canada sends their championship club to a regional qualifier, playing for the right to represent the region at the Royal Bank Cup tournament. The first ever winner of the Royal Bank Cup was the Vernon Vipers
of the British Columbia Hockey League
Since the first Royal Bank Cup tournament, every tournament has been played as a round robin tournament with a... Read More