Final pitch coming for RBC Cup

The RBC Cup Chilliwack 2018 Bid Committee prepares to make their final pitch to Hockey Canada officials, before the May 22 decision.

  • May. 11, 2016 6:00 a.m.

The RBC Cup Chilliwack 2018 Bid Committee is preparing to make their final pitch to Hockey Canada officials on May 16. The final decision will be announced May 22.

The pressure is on as members of the RBC Cup Chilliwack 2018 Bid Committee get ready to fly to Lloydminster, Alberta.

There, they’ll meet with Hockey Canada officials to make their final pitch to host the 2018 RBC Cup National Junior A Hockey Championship in Chilliwack.

“Although we aren’t certain of which cities we’re bidding against, we’re confident in the business, non-profit, First Nations, government, and community partnerships that our bid package displays,” said Scott Beare, director of sport development for Tourism Chilliwack.

“We’re making the case that Chilliwack is a premier sports tourism destination, not only because of our proven record of hosting the BCHL Showcase and other events, but our ability to provide an ultimate experience through our amenities in the city and in nature,” Beare explained.

Following a phone call from Hockey Canada informing the committee that Chilliwack had been shortlisted as potential host city for the 2018 championship, the team set to work preparing for what will be a 45-minute presentation and one hour of questions.

The Chilliwack contingent travelling to Lloydminster for the May 16 interview will be Allison Colthorp, Executive Director, and Scott Beare, Director of Sport Development for Tourism Chilliwack; Glen Ringdal, President, Jason Tatarnic, Coach and General Manager, and Barry Douglas, Director of Marketing and Sales, for Chilliwack Chiefs Hockey Club.

“Contained in the bid package is a wealth of information about our incredible community,” said Douglas.

“From Chilliwack culture and history, to its outdoor recreational opportunities, to our outstanding sports facilities, to our growing economy and supportive sports tourism industry, we want to ensure that Hockey Canada has a chance to understand the great potential Chilliwack has to be an outstanding host city,” he said.

Letters of support in the bid package were written by numerous community leaders and organizations including Grand Chief David Jimmie, Mayor Sharon Gaetz, MLA John Martin, MP Mark Strahl, Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Chilliwack BIA, BCHL, NHL scouts, Rotary clubs, local hotels, media, recreational facilities, and more.

All of these letters contained a similar message – that Chilliwack is ready and willing to host this impressive tournament and welcome hockey teams from across Canada to their beautiful city.

“Expressions of support for our bid from the local community are still very welcome,” said bid committee member Desmond Devnich.

Chilliwack enthusiasts are encouraged to send a tweet to @HockeyCanada including the hashtag #CHWK2018 to tell them that we’re ready and excited to host the RBC Cup.

After the bid presentation and interview on May 16, Hockey Canada will have time to deliberate before announcing their final decision at the 2016 RBC Cup Finals in Lloydminster on Sunday, May 22.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Sept. 27 to Oct. 3

World Farm Animals Day, Drink Beer Day and Virus Appreciation Day are all coming up this week

PJHL delays start of season as teams struggle to secure facilities

The junior B hockey league was hoping to start Sept. 29 but is now targeting mid-October

Missing Chilliwack woman last seen on Wednesday

Friends and family concerned for Joy-Lynn Leon, 42, who was last seen Sept. 23 on Mary Street

VIDEO: Mounties looking to catch Chilliwack bike-riding teen groper

Man caught on video slapping the backside of girl near CSS riding a bicycle

Abbotsford has a COVID-19 rate 10 times higher than Chilliwack

Abbotsford has been much harder hit by COVID-19 than its neighbour to the east

B.C. records 98 more COVID-19 cases, most in Lower Mainland

One new senior home outbreak, Surrey Memorial outbreak over

VIDEO: COVID won’t dampen Lower Mainland woman’s Halloween spirit

Langley’s Tanya Reid posted video offering suggestions of how trick-or-treating might look for her

PHOTOS: 2nd calf in a month confirmed among Southern Resident killer whale pod

Center for Whale Research said they will eagerly await to observe the calf to evaluate its health

2 British Columbians arrested, 3 at large in massive Alberta drug bust

Eight people are facing 33 charges in what police have dubbed Project Incumbent

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized from farm in Princeton

RCMP assisted as BC SPCA executed search warrant

Father hopes journey to aviation-safety program inspires hope

Former South Surrey resident Greg Sewell hasn’t given up on quest to mandate older-plane retrofits

Most Read