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Apr. 4, 2016

DARTMOUTH – The puck is set to drop on the 2016 RBC Day of Champions.

The RBC Day of Champions gets underway at the Pictou County Wellness Centre in New Glasgow on Friday, April 8 and runs until Sunday, April 10. During the three day event, 15 teams will be crowned provincial champions as the best team from the North Conference face-off against the best team from the South Conference in fifteen different divisions.

To view the minor hockey RBC Day of Champions schedule, please click here.

To view the female hockey RBC Day of Champions schedule, please click here.

Hockey Nova Scotia is proud to have RBC return to this year’s event as the title sponsor.

“RBC has been an incredible partner of ours in growing the game and we could not be happier to have them back with us at this year’s RBC Day of Champions as we celebrate our province’s best young players,” said Hockey Nova Scotia President Garth Isenor.

Hockey Nova Scotia is happy to have RBC Olympian and national women's team member Jill Saulnier as a special guest at this year's event.

“Nova Scotians are passionate about hockey and all of us at RBC are excited to help cap off a great season with the RBC Day of Champions,” says Patricia DePalma, Regional Vice President, Central Nova Scotia. “We wish all the teams best of luck and invite all hockey fans to come out and meet RBC Olympian Jill Saulnier and enjoy a great weekend of hockey in New Glasgow.”

Fellow national women's team member and Stellarton native Blayre Turnbull will also be taking part in the event. Turnbull will serve as the honourary chair of the RBC Day of Champions on Sunday during the female games while Stanley Cup winner and New Glasgow's own Jon Sim will be the honourary chair on Friday and Saturday during the minor hockey portion of the event.

"We are thrilled to have Jon, Blayre and Jill in New Glasgow for this year's RBC Day of Champions and we know our players will be as excited to see them at the rink as we are," Isenor said.

This is the second year for the RBC Day of Champions format that sees the top team from the North Conference take on the best team from the South Conference in a single championship game that determines a provincial winner.

Once again, Hockey Nova Scotia has partnered with Bell Aliant TV1 to webcast all of the games from the Pictou County Wellness Centre for families and fans who can’t make it to this year’s event. Each and every game from the RBC Day of Champions can be seen here thanks to our friends at Bell Aliant TV1. These games will be archived on the Hockey Nova Scotia YouTube channel shortly after the event.

Hockey Nova Scotia is excited to announce that Halifax-based Glow Parties will be providing a smoke and light show prior to each and every game and veteran public address announcer Wade Wile, the voice of the Valley Jr. A Wildcats, will be back to provide in-game announcing.

Teams, players and families taking part in this year’s RBC Day of Champions are encouraged to share their experiences and memories on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by using the hashtag #RBCDoC2016. Each time the hashtag is used, you will be entered into a draw to win some great hockey prizes (like an autographed P.K. Subban Montreal Canadiens sweater!).

All games at the 2016 RBC Day of Champions will feature three 15-minute stop-time periods. The ice will be resurfaced between the second and third periods. In the event of a tie, there will be a five-minute 4-on-4 overtime period followed by a three round shootout. If a winner is not determined after three rounds, "sudden-death" shots will be taken to reach a decision.

Parents are reminded that they are not permitted on the ice at any time throughout the weekend. Photographer Tony Joudrey of Team Impact Sports Fotos will be taking photos during the event and parents will have access to his post-game team shots.

Hockey Nova Scotia would like to congratulate all of the teams who have qualified for this weekend’s RBC Day of Champions and wish them the best of luck at the event. See you in New Glasgow!

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