BY DARREN ZARY, SASKATOON STARPHOENIX
SASKATOON — The 2012 RBC Cup national junior A hockey championship will be held in Humboldt, Sask.
Humboldt was one of four finalists for the event along with Port Alberni Valley, B.C., Kingston, Ont., and Fort McMurray, Alta.
Canwest News Service has learned the Humboldt bid committee has been notified of Hockey Canada’s decision. Hockey Canada has yet to officially release details until papers are signed, likely Monday.
The Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League captured the RBC Cup national championship in 2003 and 2008. They will get an automatic berth into the 2012 tournament.
Broncos head coach and general manager Dean Brockman confirmed Humboldt has been awarded the RBC Cup event.
“Word is out,” Brockman said. “I knew it wasn’t going to be a secret for long.
“We’re nervously excited. Obviously, there’s a lot of work to be done yet, but certainly we are pretty excited that we got the bid. We haven’t been together (as host committee or anything) yet, but that’s where the excitement will start.
“It’s pretty big news.”
Humboldt played host to what was then known as the Centennial Cup national championship in 1987. It will be 25 years in 2012 when Humboldt gets to play host again.
Next year’s tournament will be held in Camrose, Alta.