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2018 Doyle Cup - AJHL vs BCHL
Posted April 24th, 2018 @ 12:00 am

The AJHL Champion and BCHL Champion will battle for the Doyle Cup for the first time since 2012.

The Wenatchee Wild are the BCHL champions, having defeated the Prince George Spruce Kings four games to one in the league finals while the AJHL crown belongs to the Spruce Grove Saints who got past the Okotoks Oilers four games to one. Wenatchee and Spruce Grove will meet in Game 1 of the Doyle Cup on Friday, April 27 in Wenatchee.

The Doyle Cup is a best-of-seven series that will change sites just once. If one of the teams wins both Games 1 and 2 in Wenatchee, the series will shift to Spruce Grove for the remainder. If the teams split Games 1 and 2, there will be a Game 3 in Wenatchee before moving to Spruce Grove.

The Doyle Cup was last contested for in 2012 before the Western Canada Cup was formed. From 2013 to 2017, the Western Canada Cup (WCC) replaced the Doyle Cup. The WCC was a five-team event that featured the winners of the four Western CJHL leagues (BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba) plus the host team with the top two teams advancing to the RBC Cup. 

The Spruce Grove Saints competed in the Doyle Cup in 2010 and 2011, losing in Game 7 both years to the eventual back to back RBC Cup Champion Vernon Vipers.

The Doyle Cup was established in 1985 upon a donation by Penticton businessman Pete Doyle. The Penticton Vees are the last team to have their name etched on the trophy as they defeated the Brooks Bandits on their way to the 2012 RBC Cup National Title.  The winner of the Doyle Cup has gone on to claim the national Junior A title 14 times.

SWEEP OF FIRST TWO GAMES

    Game 1 – April 27 in Wenatchee
    Game 2 – April 28 in Wenatchee
    Game 3 – May 1 in Spruce Grove
    Game 4 – May 2 in Spruce Grove
    *Game 5 – May 4 in Spruce Grove
    *Game 6 – May 5 in Spruce Grove
    *Game 7 – May 6 in Spruce Grove

SPLIT FIRST TWO GAMES

    Game 1 – April 27 in Wenatchee
    Game 2 – April 28 in Wenatchee
    Game 3 – April 29 in Wenatchee
    Game 4 – May 2 in Spruce Grove
    Game 5 – May 3 in Spruce Grove
    *Game 6 – May 5 in Spruce Grove
    *Game 7 – May 6 in Spruce Grove