CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Four teams are set to go head to head to earn a berth in the 2003 Royal Bank Cup Championship game. The Championship game will be played at the Charlottetown Civic Centre at 1:30pm (Atlantic Time), 12:30pm (Eastern time) on Sunday, May 11 and will be broadcast live across the country on The Sports Network, TSN and its french equivalent, RDS.
In Saturday’s first semi-final, the first place Camrose Kodiaks (Pacific Region) will face the Cougars de Lennoxville (Eastern Region) at 2:00pm (Atlantic Time) at the Civic Centre. The Kodiaks finished the round robin portion of the tournament with a 3-1 record, while Lennoxville wrapped up the round robin with an even 2-2 record. The two clubs faced each other on the fifth day of round robin play, with the Kodiaks coming out on top 4-1.
The Humboldt Broncos (Western Region) will face off against the Wellington Dukes (Central Region) in Saturday’s second semi-final at 7:00pm (Atlantic Time). The Broncos finished the round robin with a 2-2 record, while the Dukes also finished with a 2-2 record. The two teams met each other during the round robin, with the Broncos skating away with a 4-1 win.
Earlier in the evening, at the 2003 Royal Bank Cup awards ceremony, a special presentation was made by Canadian Junior “A” Hockey League President, Marty Knack, to Mark Bombersback of the Canmore Eagles (Alberta Junior Hockey League). Bombersback was the recipient of the RBC Financial Group Canadian Junior “A” Player-of-the-Year Award.
Bomersback, 20, has just completed a very successful fourth season in the AJHL, capturing a series of league awards, including Most Valuable Player, Top Scorer and a unanimous selection to the league’s 1st All-Star Team. Bomersback scored 46 goals and added 68 assists in 2002-03.
The 5’10, 180lb Bomersback also tied an AJHL record with a third consecutive 100-point season in 2002-03. Bomersback will be attending Ferris State University in 2003-04 on a four-year athletic scholarship.
Mark Bomersback - Highlights for 2002-03
• AJHL Most Valuable Player
• AJHL Scoring Champion: 64gp, 46g, 68a, 106pim, 22ppg, 2shg, 10gwg
• AJHL All-time Leading Scorer
• 3-star Award Champion
• 1st Team All-Star (unanimous selection)
• Top scorer at AJHL All-Star Skills Competition
The RBC Financial Group Canadian Junior “A” Player-of-the-Year Award goes to the Canadian Junior “A” hockey player who has, during the 2002-03 season, best combined hockey skills and achievement with community involvement.
In addition to the Player-of-the-Year Award, six individual 2003 Royal Bank Cup awards and a national scholarship were handed out at the awards ceremony. Winners were as follows:
Most Valuable Player – Craig Olynick (Humboldt)
Top Scorer – Josh Podaima (Humboldt)
Top Forward – Carl Gagnon (Lennoxville)
Top Defencemen – Craig Olynick (Humboldt)
Top Goaltender – Mike Brodeur (Camrose)
Most Sportsmanlike Player – Travis Friedley (Camrose)
RBC Financial Group Junior “A” Scholarship National Winner – Donald Johnstone (Truro)