The Alberni Valley Bid Committee for the 2012 RBC Cup is pleased to announce that the community’s bid has been selected to the short list of candidate cities from across Canada. Alberni Valley joins Humbolt, Saskatchewan, Fort McMurray, Alberta and Kingston, Ontario in the next step of the Hockey Canada selection process.
The RBC Cup is Canada's Junior A Hockey National Championship, bringing together the winners of four regional play downs – BC/Alberta, Saskatchewan/Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec/Maritimes along with the host team in a five-team tournament.
"We have put together a strong bid package thanks to the work of many people," says Bid Committee Chair Tom McEvay. "We know that our community has a tremendous amount of credibility with Hockey Canada after the success of the 2009 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge and we also realize that the outstanding season being had by the Alberni Valley Bulldogs has raised their national profile considerably."
The next phase in the selection process will be formal presentations by the four bid communities to Hockey Canada in Calgary on March 17th. McEvay and committee member Ron Paulson will be joined by Bulldogs President Andy Oakes as they represent the local bid committee in Calgary. The final announcement is expected in May.
"The support our community gives to the Bulldogs and to all events of this magnitude is well chronicled across Canada," says McEvay. "We encourage everyone to continue this support and fill the Multiplex for the upcoming Bulldogs playoff games. We are up against some stiff competition from three great hockey towns but we are confident that we have every chance of being the successful bid.”
(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)