The Royal Bank Cup (RBC) is said to be the hardest trophy to win in Canadian Hockey. Teams across the country begin each season with the chance to be awarded the highest trophy in Canadian Junior A hockey. 132 teams start the season but only 5 make it to the big stage with a chance to become national champions. Here is a quick guide to help you understand the exact break down and determination of who ends up in the final tournament.
The RBC cup is run by Hockey Canada and the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) which is made up of 10 separate leagues from coast to coast.
1. British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL)
2. Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL)
3. Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL)
4. Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL)
5. Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL)
6. Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL)
7. Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL)
8. Central Canadian Hockey League (CCHL)
9. Ligue de Hockey Junior du Quebec (LHJQ) or Quebec Junior Hockey League (QJHL)
10. Maritime Hockey League (MHL)
Each league competes for their respective cups, it is then the league champions that head onto the corresponding regional tournament, either the Western Canada Cup, Dudley Hewitt Cup, or Fred Page Cup. A week-long round robin tournament occurs for each cup with the champion of each advancing.
1. Western Canada Cup: Western Champion and Runner Up Advance
Host Team: This year is the Penticton Vees of the BCHL
2. Dudley Hewitt Cup: Central Champion Advances
Host Team: This year is the Trenton Golden Hawks of the OJHL
3. Fred Page Cup: Eastern Champion Advances
Host Team: This year is the Terrebonne Cobras of the LHJQ
The 3 Champions and one runner up then advance to the RBC Cup which is also a week long round robin tournament consisting of the four teams from the regional tournaments and a host team. The host team this year is the Cobourg Cougars of the OJHL. The 2017 RBC cup takes place in Cobourg, Ontario from May 13-21st . If in the area I highly suggest you try and watch a couple games as it’s the best junior hockey in the country. If you know a player, even better; get dressed up and support the team. 132 teams begin the journey but only one can be crowned the national champion.