The Vernon committee bidding to have the city host the 2014 Royal Bank Cup Junior A hockey championship tournament at Wesbild Centre is reporting on its Facebook page they’ve won the bid.
According to a news release on the page, Hockey Canada called Vernon’s bid committtee early Saturday morning from Hockey Canada’s annual general meeting in Halifax.
“I was so excited that I wanted to run up and down the street shouting that we won the bid, but we needed to keep it under our hats until Hockey Canada included the announcement in its AGM Notes on Sunday,” said Mike Lane, co-chair of the Vernon bid committee.
Lane advises that the bid is contingent upon signing a contract with Hockey Canada.
Vernon had been competing against a city from Quebec for the right to host the tournament.
It will mark the second time Vernon has played host to the national championship tournament. The first was in 1990, at the Civic Arena, when the then-Centennial Cup tournament first expanded to five teams, and the final was first shown on TSN.
The release says a June 16 Kickoff Rally will feature a Hockey Canada representative, appearances by former Vernon Vipers and Vernon Lakers, and short speeches by Mayor Rob Sawatzky and Regional District of North Okanagan Chairperson Patrick Nicol.
At the Rally, fans will learn details about ticket sales, volunteer opportunities, and sponsorship opportunities. Further details about that Rally will be provided by May 30.
Vernon teams have won six national Junior A hockey championships.