HALIFAX, N.S. Halifax, N.S. is in final preparations to host the 2002 Royal Bank Cup, Canada's National Junior "A" Hockey Championship, from May 4-12. All championship games will be played at the Halifax Forum.
Five teams are taking part in this years championship: the Chilliwack Chiefs from the Pacific region, the OCN Blizzard from the Western region, the Rayside Balfour Sabrecats from the Central region, the Ottawa Junior Senators from the Eastern region and the host team, the Halifax Oland Exports.
The teams will play round-robin games from May 4-9 with the top four teams qualifying for the playoff round. The semi-final games (first against fourth, second against third) will be held on May 11, with the Gold medal game scheduled for May 12th.
The Gold medal game will be played at 1:00 p.m. (Atlantic Time) 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Sunday, May 12 and will be broadcast live across Canada on the official broadcaster of the CHA, TSN and on RDS.
The individuals selected as the player-of-the-game from each team after every game in the tournament receive player-of-the-game medallions compliments of Royal Bank and the Canadian Hockey Association. Those chosen for the player-of-the-game awards in the championship final will receive Esquire watches, in addition to the individual award medallions.
Based on their individual performances during the six-day round-robin section of the 2002 Royal Bank Cup, six individual player awards will be presented.
The player judged by an independent panel as the outstanding performer will receive the Royal Bank Cup Most Valuable Player award. Along with the Most Valuable Player award, the individual will receive an MVP award package, including an ITECH sportswear package, compliments of ITECH Sports Products Inc.
The other individual awards include the Royal Bank Cup Top Scorer, Top Goaltender, Top Forward, Top Defenceman and Most Sportsmanlike Player. Each player will receive a 2002 Royal Bank Cup award and a sports package courtesy of ITECH Sports Products Inc. for their accomplishments.
Noteable alumnists who have played in previous Royal Bank Cups include Rod BrindAmour (Carolina Hurricanes), Scott Gomez (New Jersey Devils), Greg Johnson (Nashville Predators), Curtis Joseph (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Scott Pellerin (Dallas Stars).
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