Vernon to Host 2014 RBC Cup
Friday, June 1, 2012
The Vernon Vipers won back-to-back RBC Cup championships in 2009 and 2010 and were finalists for the national title in 2011.
And now they'll have a guaranteed spot in the tournament two years from now, as the British Columbia Hockey League announced Friday the Vernon Vipers and the City of Vernon will host the 2014 RBC Cup.
"I was so excited that I wanted to run up and down the street shouting that we won the bid, but we needed to keep it under our hats until Hockey Canada included the announcement in its AGM Notes on Sunday," Vernon bid committee chair Mike Lane in a statement.
According to the statement, Lane was notified about the announcement at Hockey Canada's Annual General Meeting last week in Halifax.
Vernon has played host to the national Junior A championship before, back in 1990 when the Lakers -- now the Vipers -- won the Centennial Cup with a 6-5 overtime victory over the New Westminster Royals.
Since 1996, when the Centennial Cup was officially renamed the RBC Cup, a BCHL team has won the trophy seven times. The Vipers lead the way with four championships from 1996 to 2012, after back-to-back Centennial Cup titles as the Lakers in 1990 and 1991.
The 2013 RBC Cup takes place in Summerside, P.E.I.