The Centennial and Royal Bank Cup Winners

Original - Centennial Cup

The Manitoba Centennial Trophy was presented to the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) by the Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association to commemorate their centennial year of 1970.

It was in 1970 that the CAHA reconfigured their junior tier, creating two separate classifications - Major Junior and Junior "A." The Major Junior class encompassed the teams that made up the Canadian Major Junior Hockey League while the Junior "A" section included the remaining junior teams within the association. With the Memorial Cup established as a trophy exclusively for teams in the "Canadian Major Junior Hockey League", the Manitoba Centennial Trophy served as the trophy for the champions of this new Junior "A" division.

There were actually three versions of the Centennial Cup made during its run as the National Junior 'A' Championship. The reasons for this is as yet still unknown but, it is believed to be a combination of possibly a missing trophy (later turning up) and/or someone deciding they needed a better one.

Second Version - Centennial Cup Third Version - Centennial Cup The first trophy, with the bison on the top (picture, top left), is the original Centennial Cup that was presented by Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association. The second trophy, with the hockey player on top (pictured to the left), as was presented to the Vernon Lakers in 1990 (the years this was in use is still not known) . The third version (pictured to the right and recreated from a program image), similar to the original, was silver tiered with a bowl on top that not only had the team names engraved, but all the players names as well. It was this Centennial Cup that was being used when it was retired.

- info provided by Izak Westgate - Hockey Hall of Fame

The Red Deer Rustlers of the Alberta Junior Hockey League defeated the Charlottetown Islanders in 1971 to claim the inaugural Canadian Junior A Championship and Manitoba Centennial Trophy, often referred to as the "Centennial Cup".

Roayl Bank Cup

The Manitoba Centennial Cup trophy was retired following the championships of 1995. A new trophy was presented by the Royal Bank of Canada, to represent the National Junior 'A' Champions of Canada. The offical name of the new trophy is Royal Bank of Canada Cup but, is commonly referred to as either the RBC Cup, RBC or Royal Bank Cup.

Roayl Bank Cup Logo 1996-2002 Roayl Bank Cup Logo 2003-2007 Roayl Bank Cup Logo 2008-present

In May of 1996, the Vernon Vipers defeated the Melfort Mustangs winning the inaugural Royal Bank Cup in Melfort, Saskatchewan, continuing the fine tradition of a National Junior 'A' Championship.

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Centennial Cup Winners

Teams play a best-of-seven series, East vs West.

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A "Host" team was added for tournament play. Teams play a tournament round-robin. Each team plays each other twice with the top two playing a one game final.

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Teams again play a best-of-seven game series, East vs West.

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Teams [East, West, Central and Host] play a tournament round-robin. Each team plays each other once, with the top three entering the playoffs. The top team directly enters the final and the other two play a semi-final.

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The 'Pacific Region' (BC / Alta) was added to the tournament. The teams play a round-robin with the four top teams making the two semi-final games, 1 plays 4 and 2 plays 3. The semi-final winners play for the Championship.

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Royal Bank Cup Winners

The Centennial Cup is replaced by the new sponsor of the Tournament and is called the Royal Bank Cup.

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