As Canada’s National Junior A Championship prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in May in Portage la Prairie, Man., Hockey Canada, in partnership with the CJHL, has announced that Canada’s National Junior A Championship will return to its original name - the Centennial Cup – starting in 2020.
“There is a long-standing and deep-rooted history of this event that
brings together the top Junior A teams from across the country and we
look forward to honouring that history by returning to the event’s
original name,” said Dean McIntosh, vice-president of events and
properties with Hockey Canada. “For 49 years, hockey fans from across
the country have embraced this tournament, and we are excited to
officially reintroduce the Centennial Cup in Portage la Prairie in 2020
and celebrate the 50th edition of the event.”
The first Centennial Cup was launched in Manitoba. In 1971, the Red
Deer Rustlers of the Alberta Junior Hockey League claimed the inaugural
championship and Centennial Trophy with a win over the Charlottetown
Islanders. The final Centennial Cup was awarded to the Calgary Canucks
in 1995, with the tournament being re-named the Royal Bank Cup from 1996
“Within the CJHL, we are exceedingly excited about reactivating the
Centennial Cup,” said Canadian Junior Hockey League president Brent
Ladds. “It represents a cherished memory from our past and will capture
the period of the RBC Cup to maintain the history of the road to the
National Junior A Championship, which is so important to our members.”
Schedule and ticket information:
Hockey Canada also announced schedule and ticket information for the
2020 Centennial Cup, set for May 9-17 at the 1,675-seat Stride Place.
The schedule features 10 preliminary-round games, including the host
Portage Terriers’ tournament-opener at 2 p.m. CT on May 9 against the
East region champions, along with two semifinals and the championship
game. Hockey Canada’s official broadcast partners, TSN and RDS, will
broadcast the championship game while all other games will be available
via livestream at video.hockeycanada.ca
Full-event ticket packages, which include one ticket to all 13 games, can be purchased at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets
for $200 plus applicable fees. As with other Hockey Canada national
championships, the net proceeds from all ticket sales remain in the host
community of Portage la Prairie to assist with hockey programs that
encourage the growth of the game in the city and surrounding
communities. Historically, this event has generated more than $2 million
in local economic impact.
The 2020 National Junior A Championship represents a partnership
between Hockey Canada, the Canadian Junior Hockey League, Manitoba
Junior Hockey League and Hockey Manitoba.
For more information on the 2020 Centennial Cup, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along via social media on Facebook or Twitter.
(Hockey Canada Press Release)