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The 2017 Western Canada Cup is the Western Canada qualifying tournament for the 2017 Royal Bank Cup, which is the championship for of the Canadian Junior Hockey League, which is the national level organization of the Junior A level of hockey in Canada.  The tournament is being held at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, British Columbia and hosted by the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League.  The tournament will be held from April 29th to May 7th, 2017.

Reports started circulating in 2016 that this might be the final edition of the tournament.  Original title sponsor Crescent Point Energy pulled its support of the event and were replaced by Sun Life Financial for the 2017 event.  The four participating leagues have reported difficulty in finding hosts for the event and that under the format the best teams may not be advancing to the Royal Bank Cup.

The 2017 Western Canada Cup will be the final edition of the tournament as the format will be abandoned. The 2018 Western Canada Cup was slated to be hosted in Manitoba by bidding MJHL teams, but all had financial concerns about hosting the tournament. The AJHL, SJHL, and MJHL voted to abandoned the tournament, while the BCHL was highly-receptive of continuing the format. It's unclear whether or not the Doyle Cup and Anavet Cup playoff series will be revived for the 2017-18 season.

The Vees, plus the champions of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, British Columbia Hockey League (or the other finalist if the Vees win the league playoffs), Manitoba Junior Hockey League, and Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League will participate in a five team round robin.  The fifth place team is eliminated from further play in the tournament. The third and fourth place teams meet in the semifinal with the winnner advancing to the runner-up match.  The first and second place teams meet for the tournament championship and the first spot in the Royal Bank Cup.  The loser of the championship game plays the semifinal winnner for the other spot in the Royal Bank Cup.  The two qualifiers advance along with the winners of the 2017 Dudley Hewitt Cup, 2017 Fred Page Cup and a host team to the 2017 Royal Bank Cup being held at the Cobourg Community Centre in Cobourg, Ontario hosted by the Cobourg Cougars of the Ontario Junior Hockey League

ParticipantsEdit

Round RobinEdit

April 29

April 30

May 1

May 2

May 3

May 4

Round Robin Standings Edit

WCC Round Robin
Rank Team League W-OTW-L-OTL GF GA Pts.
1 Brooks Bandits AJHL 3-1-0-0 18 6 11
2 Chilliwack Chiefs BCHL 2-0-2-0 8 11 6
3 Penticton Vees Host 1-1-1-1 12 12 6
4 Battlefords North Stars SJHL 1-0-2-1 8 11 4
5 Portage Terriers MJHL 1-0-2-0 9 15 3

Tie Breaker: Head-to-Head, then 3-way +/-.

SemifinalEdit

May 6

Championship FinalEdit

May 6

winner advances to 2017 Royal Bank Cup; loser play in second qualifier

RBC Qualifier #2Edit

May 7

winner advances to 2017 Royal Bank Cup

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