The End of the Doyle Cup:

As was confirmed on Dan Marshall’s Clippers radio show on 106.9 The Wolf tonight, 2012 represents the last year the BCHL and AJHL champions will face off for the Doyle Cup.

It’s also the last year that the SJHL and MJHL champions compete for the Avanet Cup.

Starting in 2013, the five team tournament will be a Memorial Cup style format, except it’ll feature the four league champions from the BCHL, AJHL, SJHL and MJHL, plus the host team.

It’s already been determined that a BCHL team will host the inaugural tournament from April 26 – May 5, 2013. Teams around the circuit have until December 15 to submit a hosting bid, with Nanaimo owner Ken Wagner being the first to go public with the Clippers desire to host.

Word is that the top two teams in the Western Canadian Junior A Championship would advance to the RBC National Junior A Championship, which is in Summerside, PEI.

The Centennials won the predecessor to Doyle Cup — the Pacific Centennials Cup — in 1978.

Here’s a list of previous Doyle Cup winners:

1985 – Penticton Knights
1986 – Penticton Knights
1987 – Richmond Sockeyes
1988 – Calgary Canucks
1989 – Vernon Lakers
1990 – New Westminster Royals
1991 – Vernon Lakers
1992 – Vernon Lakers
1993 – Kelowna Spartans
1994 – Olds Grizzlys
1995 – Calgary Canucks
1996 – Vernon Vipers
1997 – South Surrey Eagles
1998 – South Surrey Eagles
1999 – Vernon Vipers
2000 – Fort McMurray Oil Barons
2001 – Camrose Kodiaks
2002 – Chilliwack Chiefs
2003 – Camrose Kodiaks
2004 – Nanaimo Clippers
2005 – Camrose Kodiaks
2006 – Burnaby Express
2007 – Camrose Kodiaks
2008 – Camrose Kodiaks
2009 – Vernon Vipers
2010 – Vernon Vipers
2011 – Vernon Vipers
2012 – TBD

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