Teams begin quest for RBC berth

The four squads that will join the host Vernon Vipers in the RBC Cup Canadian Junior A hockey championship May 10-18 at Kal Tire Place are about to be determined.

The five-team Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup started Saturday in Dauphin, Man. featuring the host Kings, BCHL champion Coquitlam Express, Alberta champs Spruce Grove Saints, the Yorkton Terriers from Saskatchewan and the Manitoba winners, Winnipeg South Blues.

The top two teams advance to Vernon.

The Express begin play in the round-robin event this afternoon against Spruce Grove.

The Vipers open the RBC Cup May 10 against the East champions. Four teams are contesting the East region’s Fred Page Cup in Sainte-Jerome, Que., including the host Panthers.

They are joined by the Central Canada Hockey League champion Carleton Place (Ont.) Canadians and the Maritime champion Truro (NS) Bobcats.

The Quebec League’s championship final between Granby and Sherbrooke went to Game 7 Saturday. The winner advances to the Fred Page Cup, which begins Wednesday, with the winner of the tournament advancing to Vernon.

The Central representative will be one of four teams competing for the Dudley Hewitt Cup in Wellington, Ont., including the host Wellington Dukes.

Joining them in the tournament, which starts Tuesday, are the Ontario champion Toronto Lakeshore Patriots; the Northern Ontario Junior League champion Kirkland Lake Gold Miners; and the winners of the Superior International Hockey League, the Fort Frances Lakers.

The tournament winner advances to the RBC Cup.


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