WEYBURN, SK - Weyburn, SK has been awarded the 2005 RBC Royal Bank Cup, Canada's National Junior A Hockey
Championship, as announced by Hockey Canada on Wednesday.
The 2005 championship, which will be held May 7 -, will mark a decade for the RBC Financial Group
as the title sponsor.
" On behalf of Hockey Canada's Junior Council, I am pleased and proud to offer congratulations to the
Weyburn Red Wings and the City of Weyburn on their successful bid to host the RBC Royal Bank Cup tournament
in 2005", stated Wayne Kartusch, Hockey Canada’s Junior Council Chair. "Weyburn, with its long and rich
tradition in Junior hockey, will provide a memorable experience for players and fans alike in this National
Championship for Junior A hockey."
The RBC Royal Bank Cup has been previously held in Saskatchewan on seven occasions. The event was held in
Prince Albert in 1977, 19 when it was known as the Centennial Cup. This will mark the second time
Weyburn has hosted the Junior A National Championship. Weyburn won the championship the last time the city
hosted in 1984. Humboldt also hosted the former Centennial Cup in 1987. Since the championship was renamed
the Royal Bank Cup in 1996, it has been hosted in Saskatchewan twice, once in Melfort in 1996 and Yorkton in
1999. Of the seven times Saskatchewan has hosted the tournament, they have played in the championship game
six times (77, 79, 82, 84, 87, 96) and won it on four occasions (77, 79, 82, 84).
" This event continues to gain momentum every year and has truly become a National Event. The tournament
features some outstanding hockey as the top five Junior A teams in Canada compete for the right to call
themselves National Champions, but it has also become a terrific community celebration," said Peter Carton,
Regional Vice President, RBC Financial Group. "We look forward to working with Hockey Canada and the Host
Committee to ensure that all locals and visitors that experience the event have the opportunity to capture
what Weyburn is all about."
The host team, the Weyburn Red Wings, has a strong reputation as being a recurrent contender in the
Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. "The 2005 RBC Royal Bank Cup will become a major community and provincial
event which will combine hockey excellence, sportsmanship, fellowship, organization, historical celebration
and good old fashioned community hospitality", said Pat Maloney, Co-chair of the Host Committee. "The
enthusiasm for this tournament in Weyburn has the unanimous support of the Government of Saskatchewan, the
City of Weyburn, the citizens and businesses of Weyburn and area, and the many supportive fans of the Weyburn
Red Wings Hockey Club."
The tournament opens with a five team round-robin round with the top four teams qualifying for the playoff
round. The round-robin is followed by two crossover games (first against fourth and second against third).
The Gold medal game will be played on the final day of the championship, , and will be broadcast
on TSN/RDS, the official broadcaster of Hockey Canada.
Notable alumni who have played in previous RBC Royal Bank Cups (Centennial Cups) include Rod Brind’Amour
(Carolina Hurricanes), Scott Gomez (New Jersey Devils), Greg Johnson (Nashville Predators), Curtis Joseph
(Detroit Red Wings) and Scott Pellerin (Dallas Stars).
" The Saskatchewan Hockey Association is very pleased to once again have the RBC Royal Bank Cup hosted in
Saskatchewan", stated Al Hubbs, President of the SHA. "We know that Weyburn will follow in the tradition of
events hosted in this Branch by raising the bar for excellence"
To commemorate the awarding of this event to Weyburn, an on-ice ceremony will take place during the first
intermission of the game between the Weyburn Red Wings and the Estevan Bruins on Saturday, December 6th in
the Weyburn Colosseum at 7:30 pm local time.
RBC Financial Group has been the title sponsor for this event since 1996, and continues to show tremendous
support for the event from a National, Provincial, Regional and local level. RBC Financial Group is also one
of the Premier Sponsors of Hockey Canada, an integral part of Hockey Canada’s development and high