Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Vipers to Host 2014 RBC Cup:

It was announced officially by Hockey Canada, and fans of the BCHL's Vernon Vipers went crazy. The 6 time national champion learned this week that they will host the 2014 RBC Cup, Canada's Junior A Hockey supremacy. 

The Vipers have had so many successful seasons in the past that it's hard not to believe that 2014 will be much of the same. They recently took part in the 2011 RBC Cup in Camrose, Alberta where the Pembroke Lumber Kings ended the streak in which Vernon saw RBC Cup wins in Victoria and Dauphin in 2009 and 2010 respectively. Included a little bit below, underneath the article, is a video from hockeytube.net, a not-so-official affiliate of Dustin's Cafe! I really encourage you to check out their site and all the videos it has to offer!

Here's the official release:
By the Vernon 2014 RBC Bid Committee

Date: May 28, 2012

For Immediate Release
Hockey Canada has awarded the 2014 RBC Cup to Vernon. Dean McIntosh, Hockey Canada’s Director of Marketing Services and Special Events, chaired the selection committee that settled on Vernon as the host for the May 2014 tournament. He called Vernon Bid Committee Chair Mike Lane early Saturday morning from Hockey Canada’s Annual General Meeting in Halifax.
Lane says, “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.” Lane advises that the bid is contingent upon signing a contract with Hockey Canada. He adds, “As soon as possible, we also plan to sign agreements with the Wesbild Centre and other local participants.”
A June 16 Kickoff Rally will feature a Hockey Canada representative, appearances by former Vernon Vipers and Vernon Lakers, and short speeches by Mayor Sawatzky and RDNO Chair Patrick Nicol. At the Rally, fans will learn details about ticket sales, volunteer opportunities, and sponsorship opportunities. Further details about that Rally will be provided by May 30.
Vernon last hosted a National Junior A championship back in 1990 at the Vernon Civic Arena. That was an amazing year when the Vernon Lakes shocked the New Westminster Royals 6-5 in overtime to win the Centennial Cup.

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