The RBC Cup committee announced on December 2, 2017, the tournament coming to Chilliwack in May 2018.







he RBC Cup 2018, hosted by the City of Chilliwack, is truly a multicultural event. Drawing from the extensive First Nations heritage in the Upper Fraser Valley, the RBC Cup Host Committee is pleased to announce that the Chilliwack Chiefs will play in an official RBC Cup Third Jersey during their final round robin game to be played Thursday, May 17th at 7pm at the Prospera Centre.


Following the game, all of the game-worn jerseys will be auctioned by the players to fans in attendance. One hundred per cent of the proceeds will be donated to the RBC Cup Legacy Fund to be created for the community of Chilliwack.


The Third Jersey was designed by local artist Jason Roberts.


Roberts traditional name is Sxwoxil and he is from Tzeachten First Nation within the St:lō territory. He's a self-taught artist from childhood in the West Coast Salish art style and using such mediums as acrylic, pencil, pen pointillism and computer graphics.

The centre crest is a version of a carved mask of a chief designed with our St:lō territory style of West Coast Salish art," explains Roberts. "When our people wear masks for traditional ceremonies they become the spirit of whatever version mask they wear. An eagle, sawbill, bear or Sasquatch for example.


Roberts goal is to portray leadership and strength.


In this case I wanted the mask to be represented of a chief. A chief carries many responsibilities and traits. Some important ones would be respect, strength and leadership. So as players use this mask and represent their community they can remember to carry themselves with respect, strength and leadership to name a few, affirmed Roberts.


Roberts also designed the shoulder crest for the Third Jersey. The maple leaf shoulder crest was a design he created for Canada 150. 


My thought process behind the collaboration between the maple leaf and our aboriginal art was remembrance and reconciliation. To have Canada remember the First Nation people that originated from the land before Canada became Canada 150 years ago. If the design was to be appreciated with this type of remembrance then the path to reconciliation could continue to grow for our future generations, says Roberts of the design.

Above, Barry Douglas, marketing and sales manager (l) and Kyle Williams, exec dir. Chilliwack BIA announce Chilliwack RBC Cup at Save On Foods. Below, John Schulstad, Chilliwack Chiefs RBC manager.

Chief David Jimmie, Co-Chair of the RBC Cup Chilliwack Host Committee, Chief of Squiala First Nation, President of the St:lō Nation Chiefs Council and the Ts'elxwyeqw Tribe is pleased to see the Host Chilliwack Chiefs wearing the special Third Jersey.


The Third Jersey is a wonderful example of what is possible when organizations are open minded and work together. To some, this may seem insignificant but to me, it speaks volumes of the Chilliwack Chiefs organization and their willingness to build stronger relationships in the community," says Jimmie. "I have a deep appreciation for Jason Roberts spending the time to develop a beautiful design that is meaningful to both our culture, and the Chilliwack Chiefs organization. My hands go up to coach Jason Tatarnic for providing this wonderful opportunity to showcase a local artist and honor the traditional name Tselxwyeqw which is where the name Chilliwack comes from.

The Chilliwack Chiefs Third Jersey is sponsored by Hampton Inn by Hilton. Rick Gabrielsen, Area Vice President, Hotel Operations, says Hilton Management Services and Hampton Inn by Hilton are excited to be the lead sponsor on the Chilliwack Chiefs Third Jersey program.


On behalf of our eighty-three hotels and team members within the Hilton Management Services group of Focus Service hotels, we are honoured to support the dreams of young Canadian athletes through our participation in the 2018 RBC Cup National Championship, said Gabrielson with pleasure.


The City of Chilliwack will host the 22nd RBC Cup from May 12th to 20th 2018 at Prospera Centre.


About the RBC Cup

Since 1971, teams from across Canada have fought for the National Junior A Championship. The RBC Cup is an annual tournament between the League Champions of the four regions within the CJHL and the Host Club in a quest to become the National Champion.

About the Hampton by Hilton

The Hampton Inn is conveniently located off of the highway, just a short drive to the culture center, city parks, Vedder River and sporting venues. Hampton Inn by Hilton Chilliwack, located off Highway 1 in the beautiful Fraser Valley. Majestic mountain vistas, crystal clear lakes and abundant green forests set the stage for a memorable experience in British Columbia. Whether travelling for business or leisure, we look forward to having you as our guest.

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