CALGARY, AB – Hockey Canada and INSINC announced a trial partnership on Monday that will introduce live streaming video for the 2006 RBC Royal Bank Cup, Canada’s National Junior A Championship. Hockey Canada Live Stream will make its debut on Saturday May 6th, when the Streetsville Derbys host the Burnaby Express in the opening game of the 2006 RBC Royal Bank Cup which will be held May 6-14 at the Powerade Centre in Brampton, ON.
Twelve of the thirteen games of the tournament will be broadcast live through the internet on Hockey Canada Live Stream with the exception of the Final. The Gold medal game will be broadcast on Hockey Canada’s official broadcaster TSN/RDS on Sunday May 14th at 9:30 PM ET.
Individual game passes for Hockey Canada Live Stream are available for 6.95 plus applicable taxes.
“This trial partnership is a positive step towards making our events available to all of Canada.” said Scott Smith, Vice-President Marking for Hockey Canada. “We hope this trial of Hockey Canada Live Stream enhances the fan’s experience by getting closer to the excitement and action by taking part in every game, live as it happens.”
“Hockey Canada is taking a real leadership role in the delivery of amateur sports to fans,” states INSINC President, Hugh Dobbie. “Webcasting will extend the reach of Junior Hockey and we are excited to see how fans will react. With computers increasingly being plugged into TVs, this type of viewing experience is only going to grow.”
This year, the RBC Royal Bank Cup will showcase the host team Streetsville Derbys against the top four clubs from across Canada representing the Pacific (Burnaby Express), West (Yorkton Terriers), Central (Fort William North Stars) and East Regions (C.R. Joliette Action). All four regional representatives have battled through league and regional playoffs for the right to compete for Canadian supremacy in the Junior ‘A’ hockey ranks.
"RBC is proud to support the national battle for Junior A hockey supremacy at the RBC Royal Bank Cup," said Martin Venema, Regional Vice-President, Mississauga Region, RBC Royal Bank. "Before the first puck drops, RBC is inviting hockey fans to join in a free community Tailgate Party from 5 - 7pm on Saturday, May 6th in the parking lot of the Powerade Centre. Hockey fans and their families can enjoy a barbeque, Toronto Maple Leafs interactive exhibits, trophy displays from the Hockey Hall of Fame, carnival rides and more, all courtesy of RBC."
Tickets are still available online at Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), or by calling 416-870-8000 and through the Powerade Centre Box Office at 905-459-9340. Single game walk-up tickets start at $14 for the round-robin portion of the RBC Royal Bank Cup. The two semi-finals are priced at $25 each, and the final on Sunday, May 14 is priced at $30. Thirteen - Game Tournament Packages start at $175, and Four - Game Team Packages are $80. There are also additional ticket discounts for group purchases.
For more information on the RBC Royal Bank cup and Hockey Canada Live Stream visit Hockey Canada’s official website at www.hockeycanada.ca.