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Alberta Provincial Championships

This is the 2018 Russ Barnes Trophy tournament. The tournament is to determine the Alberta Junior B Provincial champion. The tournament will be held at the North Peace Arena in Fort St. John, British Columbia hosted by the North West Junior Hockey League's Fort St. John Huskies. On December 15, 2016 it was announced the Fort St. John Huskies were awarded the bid to host the event. Teams in the North Peace Region of British Columbia have traditionally played under the supervision of Hockey Alberta at the junior and senior levels as the region is isolated from rest of the province and the travel is much easier to Alberta than the coastal areas of the province.

The Huskies had tried to bid out the 2017 in celebration of the team's 50th anniversary but lost out to St. Paul, Alberta whose St. Paul Canadiens who were celebrating their 75th anniversary.

Unlike previous years, the tournament winner will not advance to the 2018 Keystone Cup being held in Thunder Bay, Ontario hosted by the Thunder Bay Northern Hawks. Hockey Alberta has announced that the tournament champion will not participate in the Keystone Cup tournament. The three leagues that comprise the Junior B level in British Columbia have also announced they will not participate in the event. Both have given expenses and player safety as their primary reasons for the decisions.

ParticipantsEdit

and the league champions of:

and the playoff champion and runner-up of:

FormatEdit

The teams will be divided up into 2 four team pool and play a single round robin within the pool. The first place team from one pool plays the second place team from the other pool in the semifinals. The semifinal winners meet in the championship game for the Russ Barnes Trophy and a spot in the Keystone Cup (if a team goes) and the semifinal losers meet in the consolation game.

Round Robin Schedule/ResultsEdit

March 29

March 30

March 31

Round Robin StandingsEdit

Pool A
Place Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
1st Red Deer Vipers 3 3 0 0 15 7 6
2nd Beverly Warriors 3 2 1 0 14 13 4
3rd North Peace Navigators 3 1 2 0 15 15 2
4th Calgary Royals Gold 3 0 3 0 11 20 0
Pool B
Place Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
1st Wainwright Bisons 3 2 0 1 11 9 5
2nd Wetaskiwin Icemen 3 2 1 0 12 14 4
3rd Coaldale Copperheads 3 1 1 1 13 9 3
4th Fort St. John Huskies 3 0 3 0 5 14 0

SemifinalsEdit

March 31

Medal RoundEdit

April 1

Bronze Medal GameEdit

Championship GameEdit

2018 Russ Barnes Trophy champions Wainwright Bisons

2018 Russ Barnes Trophy champions Wainwright Bisons