Wednesday June 29, 2016
Chilliwack to get 2018 RBC Cup hockey
Chilliwack Chiefs website photo.
ith great anticipation, representatives of the Chilliwack 2018 bid committee announced that Hockey Canada has verbally confirmed Chilliwack will host the 2018 RBC Cup National Junior A Championship.
Though contracts are yet to be
signed, the local committee wanted to share the community's
'win' and expressed its great appreciation to dedicated Chiefs
hockey fans and Chilliwack businesses for their ongoing support.
Brian Minter, Board Chair of
Tourism Chilliwack, said, "Our most sincere thank you to the
entire RBC Cup bid committee for its creative and thoughtful
presentation to the final decision makers of this important
event. From a tourism perspective, we very much appreciate being
part of this committee and the bidding process. Not only will
this event bring a significant degree of prestige to our
community, but the economic benefits will also be immense. We
look forward to hosting this event with a high level of
professionalism and community participation. It is a proud
moment for Chilliwack."
The RBC Cup is an annual ice hockey competition that determines the Canadian Junior A champion. It is played under the supervision of Hockey Canada and the Canadian Junior Hockey League. Royal Bank of Canada is the title sponsor of both the tournament and the RBC Cup championship trophy.
The bidding process to host the
2018 RBC Cup opened in October 2015. Representatives of Tourism
Chilliwack, City of Chilliwack, Ts'elxweyeqw Tribe Management,
Chilliwack Chiefs Hockey Club, and other local businesses,
worked tirelessly to engage the Chilliwack community in
preparation for the bid.
an overwhelming show of support, Chilliwack residents took to
social media to share with Hockey Canada that Chilliwack was
ready to host the RBC Cup. Like-minded business owners and
community leaders wrote letters of support for inclusion in the
"This is a momentous occasion for
both the Chilliwack community and the First Nations community,"
said Squiala Chief David Jimmie, President of the Ts'elxweyeqw
Tribe and Sto:loć Nation. "In a spirit of unity and passion,
residents, businesses, and community members came together for
this bid and will continue to work together to produce an
outstanding sports and cultural event."
Following the successful bid, Chilliwack 2018 committee members credit the significant support from community leaders and local businesses and organizations for the success of the bid.
"We are grateful to Hockey Canada
for the opportunity to host this world-class event and share
with the rest of Canada the community our Chiefs have called
home for over two decades," Glen Ringdal, President of
Chilliwack Chiefs Hockey Club and Prospera Centre, said. "I am
excited by the partnerships we are developing in our community
that, like in the success of our bid, will contribute to a
successful and memorable Hockey Canada event."
In studies of previous RBC Cup
events, the estimated economic impact was $2.8 million in Prince
Edward Island with $1.9 million occurring in Summerside, the
host city in 2013; and $3.1 million in economic activity in
Manitoba with $2.2 million having occurred in the City of
Dauphin in 2010. Accommodations are one way this economic
activity is generated. For example, Dauphin's 2010 event
resulted in 2,250 overnight stays. The City of Chilliwack
eagerly anticipates similar results.
Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz
said, "I want to thank the leaders of our City's bid committee
for their efforts and congratulate the people of Chilliwack on
their part in securing this exciting event for our community.
Hosting the 2018 RBC Cup presents an incredible opportunity for
each of us to be involved in creating the economic and social
benefits this championship will bring."
Now, once the contracts are
signed, the Chilliwack 2018 host committee will work to recruit
volunteers to lead and support the coordination of ticket sales,
travel and accommodations, team services and experiences,
marketing and promotions, and of course the execution of the
enthusiasts and community-minded individuals are encouraged to
purchase game tickets, sponsorship packages, or to volunteer at
the upcoming event. The framework for each of these processes
will be released shortly.
The RBC Cup National Junior A Championship is scheduled to be held at Prospera Centre in Chilliwack, May 12-20, 2018.
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