By Tina Comeau
The Yarmouth Mariners won’t be hosting the 2016 RBC Cup.
Hockey Canada announced at its annual general meeting that Lloydminster, Alberta was selected as the host community for the event.
The Mariners’ bid had been submitted on Jan. 24, and had been worked on by the team since 2013.
The RBC Cup is the national championship for junior A hockey in Canada. The team from this part of the country that advances to the RBC Cup is the winner of the Fred Page Cup.
The tournament, which stretches over nine days, sees the four top junior A teams from the Pacific, West, Central and East regions, along with the tournament host, compete for the ultimate championship in junior A hockey in Canada.
The last two RBC Cups were held in Summerside, PEI and Vernon, British Columbia. In 2015 it’ll be held in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.
The Mariners club had seen the RBC Cup as a natural event for the community go after, given the success it had in hosting the World Junior A Challenge two consecutive years.
The community may submit a bid again in the future.