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Dauphin has been selected as the host community for the 2014 Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup, the new junior A hockey regional championship tournament which will decide the Western regional representatives for the RBC Cup National Junior A Championship.
Dauphin will host the five-team tournament on April 26-May 4, 2014. The 13-game tournament will include a host team -- the Dauphin Kings -- and the champions from the four Western junior A leagues in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Both the champion and the runner-up in the Western Canada Cup will advance to the RBC Cup national championship. The Western Canada Cup will replace the former ANAVET Cup (Manitoba-Saskatchewan) and the Doyle Cup (B.C. Alberta) where the winners of those two tournaments had earned RBC Cup berths.
The new playoff format will begin in the 2012-2013 season with the inaugural Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup to be played April 27-May 5 at Nanaimo, B.C. The event will rotate after that to Manitoba (2014), Alberta (2015) and Saskatchewan (2016). A site selection committee, which includes a representative from each of the four Western leagues, chooses the host site from bids by interested teams/communities.
"There were three solid bids from within the league (MJHL) membership for the right to host the 2014 Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup," said MJHL commissioner Kim Davis in a statement. "The winning proposal from Dauphin, with its recent major event experience, strong host committeee and fan/corporate support within the region, bodes well for the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup as the four western junior A leagues try to establish a winning brand presence for this major regional playoff format event."
The tournament will include a round-robin schedule, two semifinal games and a championship game. The last ANAVET Cup was won last April by the Humboldt Broncos who beat the 2011 ANAVET Cup champion Portage Terriers 4-3 in the best-of-seven series.