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Royal Bank Cup

Royal Bank Cup
Current season, competition or edition:
2015 Royal Bank Cup
Sport Ice hockey
Inaugural season 1996
(1971 Prior to RBC sponsorship)
Most recent champion(s) Portage Terriers (2nd)
Most titles Vernon Vipers (6)
TV partner(s) TSN
Sponsor(s) Hockey Canada
Canadian Junior Hockey League
Related competitions CJHL Prospects Game
World Junior A Challenge
Western Canada Cup
Dudley Hewitt Cup
Fred Page Cup
Official website Royal Bank Cup Website

The Royal Bank Cup is an annual ice hockey competition that determines the Canadian Junior A champion. It is played under the supervision of Hockey Canada and the Canadian Junior Hockey League. Royal Bank of Canada is the title sponsor of both the tournament and the Royal Bank Cup championship trophy.

The forerunner to the Royal Bank Cup was the Manitoba Centennial Cup, which ran for 25 years from 1971 to 1995 inclusive.


  • Format 1
  • Royal Bank Cup history 2
    • 2015 Royal Bank Cup at Portage la Prairie, Manitoba 2.1
    • Royal Bank Cup winners 2.2
  • Manitoba Centennial Trophy history 3
    • Manitoba Centennial Trophy winners 3.1
  • Most championships by branch 4
  • Roland Mercier Trophy 5
  • Game scoring records 6
  • References 7


The current tournament structure is a five-team round-robin with a playdown. The participating teams are the three regional champions, the Western runner-up, and the host team.

Fred Page Cup: Eastern Champion
Dudley Hewitt Cup: Central Champion
Western Canada Cup: Western Champion and Runner-Up
Host Team: Predetermined by Canadian Junior Hockey League

Prior to the creation of the Western Canada Cup, the Doyle and Anavet Cup Champions played off for the Western Canadian Championship, the Abbott Cup, to advance to the Royal Bank Cup. The Doyle, Anavet, and Abbott Cups have since been retired in favour of the Western Canada Cup tournament.

Royal Bank Cup history

Aurora Tigers' Vincent Bruni with Royal Bank Cup (2007)

In May 1996, the inaugural Royal Bank Cup was held in Melfort, Saskatchewan, continuing the fine tradition of a National Junior ‘A’ championship. Each league across Canada sends their championship club to a regional qualifier, playing for the right to represent the region at the Royal Bank Cup tournament. The first ever winner of the Royal Bank Cup was the Vernon Vipers of the British Columbia Hockey League.

Since the first Royal Bank Cup tournament, every tournament has been played as a round robin tournament with a host city/team and four regional champions competing. By 2013, 18 Royal Bank Cups had been awarded. The winner of the Doyle Cup as Pacific Region champions has won a leading ten times. The winner of the Anavet Cup as Western Region champions and the winner of the Dudley Hewitt Cup as Central Region champions have both won twice. The winner of the Fred Page Cup as Eastern Region champions has also won twice. Although four host teams have won the Royal Bank Cup, two of which won their region to compete in the event they were hosting (Fort McMurray Oil Barons in 2000, Halifax Oland Exports in 2002) while two played strictly as hosts and not regional champions (Summerside Western Capitals in 1997, Weyburn Red Wings in 2005). In 2014, the Anavet Cup and Doyle Cup were retired in favour of the Western Canada Cup. The Western Canada Cup tournament included the champions of the four western leagues and a predetermined host city. The top two teams from event gain birth into the Royal Bank Cup. When the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League won the 2014 Royal Bank Cup, they gained entry into the tournament as the Western Canada Cup runner-up making them the first team in Centennial Cup/Royal Bank Cup history to win the national championship with out being the host or a regional champion.

Overtime is a common theme as the Royal Bank Cup, the longest game in RBC Cup history started on May 12, 2007 at British Columbia Hockey League. The Spruce Kings won the game 3–2 6:01 into the fifth overtime period.[1] The game lasted 146:01, just short of the CJAHL record set by the Toronto Jr. Canadiens and the Pickering Panthers in the 2007 Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League playoffs (154:32).[2]

The Pembroke Lumber Kings won the 2011 Royal Bank Cup, and became the first Central Canada Hockey League team to win the National Junior A Championship since the 1976 Champion Rockland Nationals. From 1995 until 2011, no CCHL team made the Centennial Cup/Royal Bank Cup finals and saw a CCHL team lose the RBC semi-finals 6 times between 1997 and 2010.

In 2015, the Portage Terriers broke a 41-year-old drought that saw no MJHL team win the National Junior A Championship since the 1974 Selkirk Steelers. The Terriers also became the first team to win the Royal Bank Cup as the host team since the 2004-05 Weyburn Red Wings. Also in 2015, the Carleton Place Canadians of the CCHL became the first team in National Junior A history to lose back-to-back national titles.

To date, no teams from the Quebec Junior Hockey League, Superior International Junior Hockey League, or the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League have not won the Royal Bank Cup.

2015 Royal Bank Cup at Portage la Prairie, Manitoba

For details, please see: 2015 Royal Bank Cup.

Royal Bank Cup winners

Royal Bank Cup Round Robins
Year Champion Runner-Up Score Location
1996 Vernon Vipers Melfort Mustangs 2–0 Melfort, Saskatchewan
1997 Summerside Western Capitals South Surrey Eagles 4–3 Summerside, Prince Edward Island
1998 South Surrey Eagles Weyburn Red Wings 4–1 Nanaimo, British Columbia
1999 Vernon Vipers Charlottetown Abbies 9–3 Yorkton, Saskatchewan
2000 Fort McMurray Oil Barons Rayside-Balfour Sabrecats 2–1 Fort McMurray, Alberta
2001 Camrose Kodiaks Flin Flon Bombers 5–0 Flin Flon, Manitoba
2002 Halifax Oland Exports OCN Blizzard 3–1 Halifax, Nova Scotia
2003 Humboldt Broncos Camrose Kodiaks 3–1 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
2004 Aurora Tigers Kindersley Klippers 7–1 Grande Prairie, Alberta
2005 Weyburn Red Wings Camrose Kodiaks 3–2 Weyburn, Saskatchewan
2006 Burnaby Express Yorkton Terriers 8–2 Brampton, Ontario
2007 Aurora Tigers Prince George Spruce Kings 3–1 Prince George, British Columbia
2008 Humboldt Broncos Camrose Kodiaks 1–0 Cornwall, Ontario
2009 Vernon Vipers Humboldt Broncos 2–0 Victoria, British Columbia
2010 Vernon Vipers Dauphin Kings 8–1 Dauphin, Manitoba
2011 Pembroke Lumber Kings Vernon Vipers 2–0 Camrose, Alberta
2012 Penticton Vees Woodstock Slammers 4–3 Humboldt, Saskatchewan
2013 Brooks Bandits Summerside Western Capitals 3–1 Summerside, Prince Edward Island
2014 Yorkton Terriers Carleton Place Canadians 4–3 (OT) Vernon, British Columbia
2015 Portage Terriers Carleton Place Canadians 5-2 Portage la Prairie, Manitoba
2016 Lloydminster, Saskatchewan
2017 Cobourg, Ontario

Manitoba Centennial Trophy history

The Manitoba Centennial Trophy was presented to the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) by the Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association to commemorate their centennial year of 1970. It was in that year that the CAHA reconfigured their junior tier, creating two separate classifications - Major Junior and Junior "A." The Major Junior class encompassed the teams that made up the "Canadian Major Junior Hockey League" while the Junior "A" section included the remaining junior teams within the association. With the Memorial Cup established as a trophy exclusively for teams in the "Canadian Major Junior Hockey League", the Manitoba Centennial Trophy served as the trophy for the champions of this new Junior "A" division.

The Red Deer Rustlers of the Alberta Junior Hockey League defeated the Charlottetown Islanders of the Island Junior Hockey League in 1971 to claim the inaugural Canadian Junior A Championship and Manitoba Centennial Trophy, often referred to as the "Centennial Cup". The final Centennial Cup was awarded to the Calgary Canucks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League in 1995.

The 1972 Centennial Cup was the focus of national attention. The Guelph CMC's of the Southern Ontario Junior A Hockey League were in the final game of a four game sweep in the National Final against the Red Deer Rustlers when their leading scorer Paul Fendley lost his helmet during a body check and struck his head on the ice, knocking him into a coma. The National Hockey League prospect never woke up as he died a couple days later from head trauma.[3]

The 1990 Centennial Cup marked the only year that the national championship was decided between two teams from the same province or league. The host Vernon Lakers defeated the New Westminster Royals 6–5 in overtime to win the national championship. Both teams were members of the British Columbia Junior Hockey League.

Manitoba Centennial Trophy winners

Centennial Cup Final/Round Robin
Year Eastern Finalist Western Finalist Series Primary Location
1971 Charlottetown Islanders Red Deer Rustlers 2–4 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
1972 Guelph CMC's Red Deer Rustlers 4–0 Guelph, Ontario
1973 Pembroke Lumber Kings Portage Terriers 1–4 Portage la Prairie, Manitoba
1974 Smiths Falls Bears Selkirk Steelers 3–4 Nepean, Ontario
1975 Guelph Biltmore Mad Hatters Spruce Grove Mets 2–4 Edmonton, Alberta
1976 Rockland Nationals Spruce Grove Mets 4–1 Rockland, Ontario
1977 Pembroke Lumber Kings Prince Albert Raiders 0–4 Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
1978 Guelph Platers Prince Albert Raiders 4–0 Guelph, Ontario
Year Champion Runner-Up Score Location
1979 Prince Albert Raiders Sherwood-Parkdale Metros 5–4 (OT) Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
1980 Red Deer Rustlers North York Rangers 3–2 North York, Ontario
1981 Prince Albert Raiders Belleville Bulls 6–2 Halifax, Nova Scotia
Year Eastern Finalist Western Finalist Series Primary Location
1982 Guelph Platers Prince Albert Raiders 0–4 Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
1983 North York Rangers Abbotsford Flyers 4–0 North York, Ontario
1984 Orillia Travelways Weyburn Red Wings 3–4 Weyburn, Saskatchewan
Year Champion Runner-Up Score Location
1985 Orillia Travelways Penticton Knights 4–2 Orillia, Ontario
1986 Penticton Knights Cole Harbour Colts 7–4 Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia
1987 Richmond Sockeyes Humboldt Broncos 5–2 Humboldt, Saskatchewan
1988 Notre Dame Hounds Halifax Lions 3–2 Pembroke, Ontario
1989 Thunder Bay Flyers Summerside Western Capitals 4–1 Summerside, Prince Edward Island
1990 Vernon Lakers New Westminster Royals 6–5 (OT) Vernon, British Columbia
1991 Vernon Lakers Sudbury Cubs 8–4 Sudbury, Ontario
1992 Thunder Bay Flyers Winkler Flyers 10–1 Winnipeg, Manitoba
1993 Kelowna Spartans Chateauguay Elites 7–2 Amherst, Nova Scotia
1994 Olds Grizzlys Kelowna Spartans 5–4 (OT) Olds, Alberta
1995 Calgary Canucks Gloucester Rangers 5–4 (OT) Gloucester, Ontario

Most championships by branch

Centennial/Royal Bank Cups by Province
Rank Region/Branch Championships Hosts
1 British Columbia 12 5
2 Saskatchewan 10 9
3 Alberta 8 5
4 Ontario Hockey Association 6 6
5 Manitoba 3 5
6 Hockey Eastern Ontario 2 5
- Hockey Northwestern Ontario 2 0
8 Prince Edward Island 1 5
- Nova Scotia 1 4
10 Northern Ontario Hockey Association 0 1
- New Brunswick 0 0
- Newfoundland and Labrador 0 0
- Quebec 0 0

Italicized "Regions" represent the four distinct regions of Ontario Junior hockey that traditionally participate in Junior "A". Hockey Northwestern Ontario includes the former Thunder Bay Amateur Hockey Association.

Roland Mercier Trophy

The Roland Mercier Trophy is awarded to the Most Valuable Player of the Royal Bank Cup Championship.

Game scoring records

Records included in this section took place in either Royal Bank Cup and Manitoba Centennial Cup tournament games and Manitoba Centennial Cup National Final Series games only.

  • Most Goals by Both Teams:
  • Least Goals by Both Teams:
  • Most Goals by Single Team:
  • Largest Spread in a Game:
  • Biggest Shutout Victory:
  • Longest Overtime Game:


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