The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced the game schedule for the five-team Robertson Cup Championship Tournament, which will be held from May 4-9 at Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee, Wash.
The Central Division champion Bismarck Bobcats, North Division champion Traverse City North Stars, South Division champion St. Louis Bandits, West Division champion Wenatchee Wild and West Division runner-up Fairbanks Ice Dogs will play a four-game round robin from Tuesday, May 4-Saturday, May 8.
The two teams with the most points at the conclusion of the round robin will play in the Robertson Cup championship game on Sunday, May 9 (5:05 p.m. PDT).
Tuesday, May 4
Bismarck Bobcats vs. St. Louis Bandits, 2:05 p.m.
Traverse City North Stars vs. Wenatchee Wild, 6:35 p.m.
Wednesday, May 5
Traverse City North Stars vs. St. Louis Bandits, 2:05 p.m.
Fairbanks Ice Dogs vs. Wenatchee Wild, 6:35 p.m.
Thursday, May 6
Fairbanks Ice Dogs vs. St. Louis Bandits, 2:05 p.m.
Traverse City North Stars vs. Bismarck Bobcats, 7:05 p.m.
Friday, May 7
Fairbanks Ice Dogs vs. Traverse City North Stars, 2:35 p.m.
Bismarck Bobcats vs. Wenatchee Wild, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, May 8
Fairbanks Ice Dogs vs. Bismarck Bobcats, 2:35 p.m.
St. Louis Bandits vs. Wenatchee Wild, 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, May 9
Championship Game, 5:05 p.m.
(all games local Pacific time)
The Robertson Cup champion represents the NAHL’s playoff champion and USA Hockey’s Tier II Junior A national champion.
The oldest junior hockey trophy in the United States, the Robertson Cup is named in honor of Chuck Robertson, a pioneer of junior hockey in the NAHL and youth hockey in the state of Michigan. Robertson was the owner of the Paddock Pools Saints when they won a record seven straight NAHL championships from 1976-83.
(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)