FORT MCMURRAY, ALBERTA - The Royal Bank Cup National Junior A Hockey Championship semi-finals are set for Friday, May 11, 2000 in Fort McMurray, Alberta. In Friday's first game, at 4 pm ET the Chilliwack Chiefs (Pacific) face the Rayside Balfour Sabrecats (Central) while at 9 pm ET the Fort McMurray Oil Barons (Host) are up against the North Battleford North Stars (West).
Both semi-final games on Friday, May 12th and the bronze medal game on Saturday, May 13th at 7:30 pm will be broadcast on Shaw TV. The game can be viewed on ANIK E1K, Transponder 5. (Audio channel 5.41, 6.17; vertical polarization, downlink frequency 11839).
The championship game will be broadcast live across Canada on TSN and RDS at 4 pm Eastern Time.
Meanwhile, earlier tonight, at the Royal Bank Cup Awards dinner, individual awards were handed out. Award winners were as follows:
Serge Dubé, a defenceman with the Rayside Balfour Sabrecats, was named the Most Valuable Player. Dubé, the Sabrecats' captain and a native of Azilda, ON, also shared the Top Scorer Award with the Chilliwack Chiefs' forward Kevin Estrada, of Surrey, BC. The two players had accumulated 8 points in 4 games.
The North Battleford North Stars' Steven Nelson, of Prince Albert, SK was named the top goaltender while the Sabrecats' Troy Turyk, of Wawa, ON was named the Championships' Top Defenceman.
Top Forward was Colin Murphy, of Fort McMurray, AB of the host Fort McMurray Oil Barons, while his teammate, defenceman Craig Strain, of St. Albert, AB captured the Most Sportsmanlike Player Award.
It was also announced during the Royal Bank Cup banquet that Justin Pino, a forward with the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Junior "A" Hockey Association was this years' recipient of the Royal Bank Cup Scholarship Award. Pino was one of ten finalists along with representatives from the nine other Canadian Junior "A" Hockey Leagues in contention for this scholarship.
For more information on the Royal Bank Cup, visit the tournaments' official website at www.royalbankcup.com