PENTICTON, B.C. – The Penticton Vees, along with the 2021 Host Committee and Hockey Canada, are pleased to announce the 2021 Centennial Cup is coming to Penticton and the South Okanagan Events Centre.
2021 will mark the first time the Vees and the City of Penticton will host the annual tournament which decides the National Junior ‘A’ Champion. The final Centennial Cup was awarded to the Calgary Canucks in 1995, with the tournament being re-named the Royal Bank Cup from 1996 to 2018. Starting in 2020, the tournament has been rebranded to its original name, the Centennial Cup.
The Vees are no stranger to participating in the tournament, winning the 1986 Centennial Cup in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia and 2012 Royal Bank Cup in Humboldt, Saskatchewan. Penticton has also been a part of three National Junior ‘A’ tournaments, playing in the 1985 Centennial Cup as well as the 2015 and 2017 Royal Bank Cup.
“With our organization about to celebrate its 60th anniversary of Junior A hockey, we are very appreciative to have been awarded the 2021 Centennial Cup,” said Vees Head Coach, General Manager and President Fred Harbinson, “It is our mandate to raise the standard of this tremendous event both on and off the ice; the next 20 months will be extremely memorable for all Vees fans young and old.”
“It’s an honour to have Penticton announced as the host community for this great Canadian Junior A national hockey championship,” said Penticton Mayor, John Vassilaki. “The tradition of hockey in Penticton needs no introduction; our local team and facilities are some of the best you’ll find anywhere, as is our love for the game and status as World Champions. The Centennial Cup will see the entire SOEC complex in use, with wider benefits for the whole community. I look forward to welcoming the players, coaches, families and spectators to Penticton.”
The 2020 Centennial Cup will be hosted by the Portage Terriers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.