Local minor hockey teams will profit from selling ticket packages to the 2014 RBC Cup, Canada’s National Junior A Championship, which Vernon will host May 10-18.
Minor hockey teams will receive a commission of $49 for each $199 full-event ticket package they sell. The players will direct prospective purchasers to the RBC Cup website, where packages can be purchased. Each participating minor hockey team has a special code that is used to track the sales and facilitate payments to each team.
“We’re pleased that the RBC Cup group wants to involve minor hockey players in the national championship,” says Richard Frater, president of the Greater Vernon Minor Hockey Association. “This sales partnership gives teams a strong fundraising vehicle.”
Four area minor hockey associations have signed on to the joint sales program: Winfield, Lumby, North Okanagan, and Greater Vernon. After its initial trial run last season, the program is expected to generate considerable interest this fall.
“There is real potential for minor hockey in the whole region to do well with this project,” said Chris Collard, who is coordinating the campaign. “People are going to buy RBC Cup packages anyway, so why wouldn’t they support minor hockey at the same time?”
Collard points to last fall’s successful efforts by the Atom Development Wolfpack team coached by NHL alumnus Dean McAmmond – the team made more than $1,000 by selling ticket packages.
“This is not only a terrific way to raise some funds, but a rare opportunity for hockey fans to enjoy and support an event that doesn’t come round very often,” said McAmmond, who is coaching a Tier 2 Peewee team in Vernon this season.
For more information on 2014 RBC Cup ticket packages, visit www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/National-Championships/Men/National-Junior-A/2014/Tickets.