PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE has been chosen as the host city for a national hockey tournament in 2015.
The PCU Centre will host the 2015 RBC Cup, Canada's National Junior A Championship. The championship will be held in May of 2015 and the Portage Terriers will serve as the host team. They will face off against four other regional representatives during the 45th national championship.
The organizing committee is already planning on making the most of this new opportunity for the City of Portage la Prairie.
"Having the chance to host this event is the result of a lot of hard work by the City of Portage, Rural Municipality of Portage, Portage Terriers and their fans," said Dave Patsack, co-chair of the host committee for the 2015 RBC Cup. "It is a tremendous opportunity to showcase our city and its new facility."
The PCU Centre opened in February of 2010 and since then has hosted the 2010 Manitoba Winter Games, 2011 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge, the 2011 and 2012 Anavet Cup and the 2012 Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
The Terriers have made four appearances at the national junior A championship, including three of them in the last nine years -- 2005, 2011 and 2012. Portage won the national junior A title in 1973, defeating the Pembroke Lumber Kings in a best-of-seven series to claim the Centennial Cup.
This will be the fifth time the tournament will take place in Manitoba. Most recently, Dauphin hosted the championship in 2010. Winnipeg (1992) and Flin Flon (2001) hosted the championship in it's current five-team format. Brandon and Winnipeg shared hosting duties in 1973 when Portage won the national title.
"There are few tournaments in Canada with the history and prestige of the RBC Cup, and we could not be more excited to be going to Portage la Prairie for the 2015 event," said Bob Nicholson, president and CEO of Hockey Canada. "The Terriers have a proud Junior A tradition, and we know the organization and the city will do a first-class job hosting the nation's top teams."
Ticket information for the 2015 RBC Cup will be announced during the upcoming season.