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The National Junior A Championship
The BCHL’s National Championship History

2019 will be the first year that the national year-end tournament will be known as the National Junior A Championship. It will be held in Brooks, Alta.

The national championship is a round-robin tournament featuring representatives from the Pacific, West, Central and East regions of the CJHL as well as the host team.

Prior to this year, the national championship was known as the Royal Bank Cup. The Royal Bank Cup was first presented in 1996 to the BCHL’s Vernon Vipers as they defeated the runner up Melfort Mustangs of the SJHL. Prior to 1996, the winners were awarded the Centennial Cup.

The BCHL leads the CJHL with 14 National Championships, including the 2018 tournament won by the host Chilliwack Chiefs. The Penticton Knights became the first B.C. team to win a National Jr. A Championship in 1986. The Vernon Vipers leads the CJHL with six Canadian titles coming in 1990, 1991, 1996, 1999, 2009 and 2010. Penticton teams have won twice with the Knights in ’86 and the Vees in 2012.

Since 1983, the BCHL has not gone more than a single season without representation at the national championship.

Visit the Hockey Canada website  more information on the National Junior A Championship and its past winners.

NATIONAL JUNIOR A CHAMPIONSHIP
YEAR RESULT TEAM LOCATION
2019 Advanced to Final Prince George Spruce Kings Brooks, AB
2018 Won RBC Cup Chilliwack Chiefs Chilliwack, B.C.
2018 Advanced to semifinals Wenatchee Wild Chilliwack, B.C.
2017 Advanced to semifinals Penticton Vees Cobourg, ON
2016 Won RBC Cup West Kelowna Warriors Lloydminster, SK
2015 Advanced to semifinals Penticton Vees Portage-la-Prairie, MB.
2014 Advanced to semifinals Vernon Vipers Vernon, B.C.
2013 Advanced to semifinals Surrey Eagles Summerside, PEI
2012 Won RBC Cup Penticton Vees Humboldt, SK.
2011 Advanced to final Vernon Vipers Camrose, AB.
2010 Won RBC Cup Vernon Vipers Dauphin, MB.
2009 Won RBC Cup Vernon Vipers Victoria, B.C.
2008 No BCHL Team N/A Cornwall, ON.
2007 Advanced to Final Prince George Spruce Kings Prince George, BC
2006 Won RBC Cup Burnaby Express Streetsville, ON
2005 No BCHL Team N/A Weyburn, SK
2004 Advanced to Round Robin of RBC Nanaimo Clippers Grande Prairie, AB
2003 No BCHL Team N/A Charlottetown, PE
2002 Advanced to semifinals Chilliwack Chiefs Halifax, NS
2001 No BCHL Team N/A Flin Flon, MB
2000 Advanced to semifinal Chilliwack Chiefs Fort McMurray, AB
1999 Won RBC Cup Vernon Vipers Yorkton, SK
1998 Won RBC Cup Surrey Eagles Nanaimo, BC
1997 Advanced to Final Surrey Eagles Summerside, PE
1996 Won RBC Cup Vernon Vipers Melfort, SK
 
CENTENNIAL CUP
 
1995 No BCHL Team N/A Gloucester, ON
1994 Advanced to Centennial Cup Final Kelowna Spartans Olds, AB
1993 Won Centennial Cup Kelowna Spartans Amherst, NS
1992 Advanced to Round Robin Vernon Lakers Winnipeg, MB
1991 Won Centennial Cup Vernon Lakers Sudbury, ON
*1990 Won Centennial Cup Vernon Lakers Vernon, BC
*1990 Advanced to Centennial Cup Final New Westminster Royals Vernon, BC
1989 Advanced to Round Robin Vernon Lakers Summerside, PE
1988 No BCHL Team N/A Pembroke, ON
1987 Won Centennial Cup Richmond Sockeyes Humboldt, SK
1986 Won Centennial Cup Penticton Knights Cole Harbour, NS
1985 Advanced to Centennial Cup Final Penticton Knights Orillia, ON
1984 No BCHL Team N/A Weyburn, SK
1983 Advanced to Centennial Cup Final Abbotsford Flyers North York, ON
1982 No BCHL Team N/A Prince Albert, SK
1981 No BCHL Team N/A Halifax, NS
1980 No BCHL Team N/A North York, ON
1979 No BCHL Team N/A Prince Albert, SK
1978 No BCHL Team N/A Guelph, ON
1977 No BCHL Team N/A Prince Albert, SK
1976 No BCHL Team N/A Rockland, ON
1975 No BCHL Team N/A Edmonton, AB
1974 No BCHL Team N/A Nepean, ON
1973 No BCHL Team N/A Brandon, MB
1972 No BCHL Team N/A Guelph, ON
1971 No BCHL Team N/A Charlottetown, PE