GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – The Aurora Tigers, who are the Central Region champions, have gone the distance and captured the 2004 RBC Royal Bank Cup, Canada’s National Junior A Hockey Championship. The Aurora Tigers defeated the Kindersley Klippers 7-1 on Sunday afternoon, in front of a boisterous crowd of 2,721 at the Crystal Centre.
This is the first time that the Aurora Tigers have won Canada’s National Junior A Hockey Championship, and are the 2nd team from the OPJHL to win the coveted RBC Royal Bank Cup.
Aurora finished the tournament with a convincing 5-1 record, with their only loss coming at the hands of the host team, the Grande Prairie Storm.
The Tigers took a 4-1 lead into the second period, and never looked back as they won convincingly 7-1. Francis Walker, playing in his third RBC Royal Bank Cup, led the way for the Tigers with 1 goal and 2 assists. The tournaments Top Goalie, Aurora’s Chris Whitley, made 21 saves in the victory.
The Player-of-the-game for Aurora was Sean Scully, while Curtis Bazylinski took home the honours for the Kinderlsey Klippers.
The 2004 RBC Royal Bank Cup set a new attendance record with 35,953 fans over the course of the 13 game, nine day tournament.
For more information on the 2004 RBC Royal Bank Cup, please visit the official website at www.hockeycanada.ca