WHAT IS THE DOYLE CUP?
The Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) is made up of 10 leagues, one of which being the BCHL which the Wild are a part of, and now, Champions.
The CJHL has a system where they play down to one National Champion using a tournament format, and that championship tournament is called the Royal Bank Cup. It will take place in Chilliwack, BC from May 12-20.
The 10 CJHL leagues are divided into four zones. Each zone will send one team to the Royal Bank Cup (RBC) to compete along with the host team, the Chilliwack Chiefs.
The Pacific Zone consists of the BCHL and the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL). These two league champions meet for the right to advance to the RBC, and do so by competing in a best-of-seven series, in what’s known as the Doyle Cup.
Across Canada, each zone is going through their own play-down process. Here is a list:
PACIFIC ZONE: (Doyle Cup) – BCHL, Alberta Junior Hockey League
WESTERN ZONE: (ANAVET Cup) – Manitoba Junior Hockey League, Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League
CENTRAL ZONE: (Dudley-Hewitt Cup) – Ontario Junior Hockey League, Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League, Superior International Junior Hockey League
EASTERN ZONE: (Fred Page Cup… yes, that’s correct) – Maritime Hockey League, Quebec Junior Hockey League, Central Canada Hockey League
Fans that purchased ticket packages for the Fred Page Cup Playoffs will have those same seats held for the Doyle Cup games, Friday and Saturday April 27 and 28, and possibly Sunday April 29. Ticket prices will remain $10, with group tickets available for $8.
The Doyle Cup format calls for the BCHL champion to host Games 1 and 2, and if the first two games are split, then Game 3 also. This is done for two reasons: 1) it assures each team gets at least two home games, and 2) itallows to schedule only one trip across the two provinces.
The Wild’s opponent will be the Spruce Grove Saints, the Inter Pipeline Cup Champions of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
Single game tickets for the Doyle Cup will be available online beginning Tuesday at 10:00 am. Fans can also reserve tickets by calling the Wild office on Monday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. 509-888-7825
The Doyle Cup is a best-of-seven regional series. The winner advances to the Royal Bank Cup Tournament, a five-team event hosted this season in Chilliwack, BC. RBC tickets are available through the BCHL and Prospera Centre in Chilliwack.