HALIFAX, NS - Halifax will be the host site for the 2002 Royal Bank Cup, Canada's National Junior "A" Championship from May 4-12, 2002. All games will be played at the Halifax Forum.
"We are very excited to host the Royal Bank Cup in Halifax," says Honorary Chair, Fred MacGillivray. "With the hosting of the 2002 Royal Bank Cup in Halifax, and the Regional Qualifier, the Fred Page Cup, in Truro, NS April 23-28, Junior "A" Hockey in Nova Scotia will be front and centre next spring."
Tonight at 7:00 p.m. the Halifax Oland Exports will host the Antigonish Bulldogs in their 2001-2002 home opener at the Halifax Forum.
Tom Lundy, the Canadian Hockey Association's Junior Council Director has been involved in this event at a variety of levels. "Only a very small percentage of Canadian hockey players ever have the opportunity to play in a National Championship", stated Lundy. "Competing in the Royal Bank Cup is an experience that all members of each of the participating teams will cherish for the rest of their lives".
RBC Financial Group has been sponsoring the Championship for seven years. "If you want to see great hockey, the Halifax Forum is going to be the place to be in May," says Wayne Bossert, Sr. Vice President, RBC Royal Bank in Atlantic. "Plans are going full-speed ahead and we're looking forward to this being the best Royal Bank Cup yet."
Tickets for all Royal Bank Cup games will go on sale on October 1. There are a variety of packages available including the VIP Tournament Package for $175, the Minor Hockey Player Package for $135, the Student Package for $140 and the Senior Package (60 years+) for $140. For more information on tickets, please contact Metro Centre Ticket office, beginning October 1, at 902-451-1221 or visit the Official Royal Bank Cup Website at www.royalbankcup.com.
The 2002 Royal Bank Cup Host Committee and the CHA also announced today that the Official Royal Bank Cup Website will be launched on October 1. For all your 2002 Royal Bank Cup information, including daily game reports and statistics check out www.royalbankcup.com, or www.canadianhockey.ca.
Chris Larsen, 2002 Royal Bank Cup Host Committee Chair explains "This website will allow the opportunity for fans, players, parents and scouts to have easy access to all the information they require to attend this event, including accommodation, tickets, and additional information on the City of Halifax, the Halifax Forum, and the host team".
Junior "A" Hockey in Canada continues to enjoy great attendance. Fans across the country are attracted to the fast paced, hard hitting and affordable action. Including playoffs, over 2,646,770 spectators came out during the 2000-2001 season to watch Junior "A" teams compete for the right to earn a position in the 2001 Royal Bank Cup, held in Flin Flon, Manitoba. It is expected that attendance will increase all across Canada.