Royal Bank Cup
BLADES ROYAL BANK CUP HISTORY:
The Royal Bank Cup (RBC) is presented each spring to the Tier II Junior 'A' National Champions in Canada. A host team, selected through an application and selection process by Hockey Canada, is joined by a representative from each of the Pacific, Western, Central and Eastern regions of the country. The tournament participants advance to the RBC Cup by winning their respective league as well as a qualifying tournmanet or series.
The Oakville Blades were fortunate enough to advance to the 2008 and 2010 RBC Cup tournament. In 2008 the Blades headed east to Cornwall, ON after capturing the Dudley Hewitt Cup Central Canadian Championship in Newmarket, Ontario. In 2010 they headed west to Dauphin, MB after capturing the Dudley Hewitt in Sault Ste Marie, ON.
The 2010 Royal Bank Cup was held in Dauphin, Manitoba by the Dauphin Kings of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL). The MJHL and Anavet Cup champion Kings were joined by the Central Canadian champion Blades, as well as the defending RBC Cup champion Vernon Vipers - British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) and Doyle Cup champions, the La Ronge Ice Wolves - Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) champions and Anavet Cup finalist, and the Brockville Braves - Central Junior Hockey League (CJHL) finalist and Fred Page Cup champions.
The Blades headed to Dauphin, MB hoping for a better result than 2008 in Cornwall, ON. Five (5) players from the 2008 team would make the trip to the RBC Cup for a 2nd time.
In Game 1 the Blades dominated the La Ronge Ice Wolves on the shot clock, but found themselves tied 2-2 heading to overtime on the PK. Only moments after killing off the penalty to start OT the Ice Wolves would find the back of the net to open the tournament with a win.
The next afternoon, Oakville played the Brockville Braves of the CJHL hard for about 25 minutes to start the contest. Trailing 3-2 early in the 2nd period, the Blades would allow the flood gates to open and Brockville scored 8 unanswered goals to send the Blades to 0-2 overall after the opening weekend.
In Game 3 against the defending National champions, Oakville would battle hard but eventually come up short and lose to the Vernon Vipers 5-3 - officially ending their quest for a place in the semi-finals.
In their final game of the round-robin and playing for pride Oakville dropped a hard-fought 5-4 decision to the host Dauphin Kings. Much like the 2008 tournament, the Blades would outshoot their opponent - this time on 3 of 4 occasions - but fail to advance to the playoff round at the tournament.
For more information, including media coverage of the Oakville Blades at the tournament in Dauphin and box scores from the 2010 tournament, click on the tournament tab in the side menu bar.
The 2008 Royal Bank Cup was held in Cornwall, Ontario by the Cornwall Colts of the Central Junior Hockey League (CJHL). The Colts were joined by the Central Canadian champion Blades, as well as the Camrose Kodiaks - Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) and Doyle Cup champions, the Humboldt Broncos - Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) and Anavet Cup champions, and the Weeks Crushers - Maritime Junior "A" Hockey League (MJAHL) and Fred Page Cup champions.
Having accepted a scholarship to play for the Alaska Nanooks of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) starting in September of 2008, the Blades lost the services of their starting goaltending, Scott Greenham, when he turned 21 prior to the Royal Bank Cup opener. The Blades still entered the tournament with high expectations based on their play to that point in the playoffs.
In Game 1, a back-and-forth affair, the Blades erased an early 2-0 deficit to jump ahead 3-2 in the 2nd period against the host Colts, only to fall to Cornwall 5-4 to start the tournament.
The next night, facing a must-win situation, Oakville dropped a hard fought 4-3 OT decision to the Fred Page Cup champion Weeks Crushers, despite outshooting their opponent 45-29.
In Game 3 against the Anavet Cup champion Humboldt Broncos the Blades used 3 goals in a span of 2:02 in the 3rd period to beat the eventual National Champion Broncos 7-6 and remain in the hunt for a semi-final spot.
In their final game of the round-robin Oakville dropped a 6-1 decision to the National Finalist Camrose Kodiaks of the AJHL. The loss eliminated Oakville from the tournament with a 1-3 record despite having outshot their opponent in all games - most by a very wide margin.
For more information, including media coverage of the Oakville Blades at the tournament in Cornwall and box scores from the 2008 tournament, click on the tournament tab in the side menu bar.