FT. MCMURRAY, AB - The city of Fort McMurray, Alberta is in its final preparations as host of the National Junior "A" Hockey Championship, the Royal Bank Cup.
From May 6th through May 14th, Fort McMurray will host Canada's premier Junior "A" teams as they battle for the Royal Bank Cup.
"The community of Fort McMurray has been anticipating this event for two years now," said Bob Campbell, co-chairman of the Fort McMurray Host Committee. "This will be even more than a National Championship. It will be a community festival with numerous activities happening throughout the week. The arena will be packed for each and every game as we only have standing room tickets available."
Teams from across Canada advanced to the Royal Bank Cup by winning their respective leagues, and regional playdowns.
The Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL) advanced by winning the Doyle Cup over the Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL).
With the Oil Barons already guaranteed a spot as the host venue, the Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL) claimed the Pacific spot.
The North Battleford North Stars (SJHL) claimed the western region, by defeating the OCN Blizzard (MJHL) for the Anavet Cup.
The Rayside Balfour Sabrecats (NOJHA) claimed the Dudley Hewitt Trophy with a series triumph over the Brampton Capitals (OPJHL).
The Cornwall Colts (CJHL) were the final team to qualify for the Royal Bank Cup, capturing the Fred Page Cup with a 7-5 victory over the Halifax Exports (MJAHL) this past weekend.
The 2000 Royal Bank Cup marks the fifth year of Royal Bank's involvement in Junior "A" hockey.
"The staff at the Royal Bank in Fort McMurray is very excited about this upcoming event," said Colin Fraser, Manager of the Royal Bank branch in Fort McMurray. "We congratulate the teams on making it to the National Championship and wish them all the best during their stay in Fort McMurray."
The final game of the championship will be on TSN/RDS, the Royal Bank Cup's official broadcaster, coast-to-coast, on Sunday, May 14th at 2 pm, local time (4 pm Eastern).