The top Junior A teams in 2019 from across Canada will gather in Brooks, Alberta for the RBC Cup. Bonnyville had a bid in for the 2019 RBC Cup, but were unsuccessful.
Big year for Brooks
The Brooks Bandits have enjoyed quite a bit of success lately. They finished second in points in the entire AJHL two years ago, and ran away with the league this year. Brooks represented the AJHL in the RBC Cup this season, and lost the gold medal game. A certain measure of success the Bandits have had is Cale Makar being drafted 4th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Bonnyville had a bid for the 2019 RBC Cup that nearly netted the championship. After a phenomenal display at the 2017 World Jr. A Challenge, Bonnyville was encouraged by Hockey Canada to submit a bid. Robb Hunter was in charge of the bidding group.
“It was fairly similar to (the WJAC). We showed we had the volunteers, and corporate support. Part of our bid for the 2019 RBC Cup, was showing we have done this before, and we would be happy to do it again.” Hunter says, “It’s exceptionally disappointing that we weren’t chosen as hosts of the 2019 RBC Cup. I know we’ve got a great team of volunteers and committee members that would have done an exceptional job of putting this on.”