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EDITORIAL: RBC Cup a huge hit with all fans
The only disappointment about the 2014 RBC Cup Canadian Junior A hockey championship in Vernon was that the home team didn’t make it to the final.
But they came close.
The Vernon Vipers fell 6-3 (two empty-net goals) to the eventual champion Yorkton Terriers in Saturday’s semifinal. Vernon needed a thrilling overtime win Thursday against Toronto Lakeshore Patriots to secure a semifinal berth for the ninth time in 10 Canadian chamionship appearances.
The Terriers beat the Carleton Place Canadians of the Ottawa Valley 4-3 in overtime in Sunday’s championship at Kal Tire Place to win its first national title.
The 2014 tournament marked the second time Vernon has hosted the national championship tournament.
The first was in 1990 and, like 2014, featured an overtime championship. That one, of course, had the Cinderella ending with the Vernon Lakers beating the New Westminster Royals at the Civic Arena.
Both times, visiting teams and their fans raved about the way they were treated.
This time, however, Vernon has a state-of-the-art hockey arena which certainly did not go unnoticed by the four visiting teams and their fans.
Visitors were treated to North Okanagan hospitality, helped out by an incredible volunteer base, fabulous North Okanagan weather and spectacular scenery (which had visitors checking out real estate pages and websites) and first-class, all-out hockey.
Kudos to the organizing committee who watched two years of preparations go off without a hitch. May it not be another 24 years before the RBC Cup returns.