This is the 2018 Keystone Cup tournament. This tournament was intended to act as the Western Canada Junior B Championship. This is the tournament's 35th edition under this name and 41st overall dating back to the 1978 Western Canada Junior B Championship. The tournament is scheduled for April 19 to 22, 2018 and to be held at the Thunder Bay Tournament Centre in Thunder Bay, Ontario hosted by the Thunder Bay Northern Hawks.
Withdrawal of British Columbia and Alberta teams from Tournament[edit | edit source]
Starting with the 2018 the tournament format will probably be changed as apparently both Hockey Alberta and the three Junior B level British Columbia based leagues announced that they will not be participating in the event anymore. Both cited cost and safety concerns as the reasons. Hockey Alberta made the decision for the leagues in the province while the three leagues themselves made the decision citing that Hockey BC does not mandate that the provincial champion participate in the tournament. The possibility was mentioned that BC and Alberta may end up having their own event (possibly with the inclusion of the Prairie Junior Hockey League) sometime in the future. When the tournament schedule was announced the Prairie Junior Hockey League was not included in the scheduling for the tournament.
Previous format[edit | edit source]
Both British Columbia (three) and Alberta (five) have multiple leagues at the Junior B level, so their champions and a host team meet for the provincial championship and a berth in the Keystone Cup. The Keystone Junior Hockey League (Manitoba), Prairie Junior Hockey League (Saskatchewan), and the Lakehead Junior Hockey League (Northwestern Ontario) are the only Junior B leagues in their region/province so their playoff champion directly advances to the Keystone Cup.
New Format[edit | edit source]
With only two leagues now involved in the tournament. The host team and the playoff champion (or runner-up if the host wins the league playoffs) of its' league and the playoff finalists of the other league qualify for the tournament. Each of the four qualifying teams plays a single round robin tournament over three days. The third and fourth place teams from the round robin play in the third place game and the first and second place teams play in the championship game. There is no national tournament at the Junior B level in Canada.
Qualifying Teams[edit | edit source]
- Host: Thunder Bay Northern Hawks
- Manitoba (KJHL) Champion: Peguis Juniors
- Manitoba (KJHL) Runner-Up: St. Malo Warriors
- Northern Ontario (LJHL) Representative: Thunder Bay Fighting Walleye
Schedule/Results[edit | edit source]
- Thunder Bay Fighting Walleye defeated Peguis Juniors 7-2
- Thunder Bay Northern Hawks defeated St. Malo Warriors 7-1
- St. Malo Warriors defeated Thunder Bay Fighting Walleye 3-1
- Thunder Bay Northern Hawks defeated Peguis Juniors 6-5
- Peguis Juniors defeated St. Malo Warriors 8-1
- Thunder Bay Northern Hawks defeated Thunder Bay Fighting Walleye 9-3
Round Robin Standings[edit | edit source]
Indicates team advanced to the championship game
Indicates team advanced to the semifinal game
Indicates team eliminated from further play
|Thunder Bay Northern Hawks||3||3||0||0||22||9||6|
|Thunder Bay Fighting Walleye||3||1||2||0||11||14||2|
|St. Malo Warriors||3||1||2||0||5||16||2|