2017 Robertson Cup Championship just one month away
April 11, 2017
The 2017 North American Hockey League (NAHL) Robertson Cup National Championship begins in one month and will be played at the Essentia Health Duluth Heritage Center in Duluth, Minnesota, from May 11-14, 2017.
“There is a lot of excitement that has built up to this point. With the Robertson Cup Playoffs starting this weekend, we now know the 16 teams that are in the running to make it to the Championship,” said NAHL Commissioner and President Mark Frankenfeld. “The Essentia Health Duluth Heritage Center in Duluth is the perfect venue to crown our National Champion in 2017 and we have been working for months now to put on a world-class event."
One of the things the NAHL does better than any other junior league is seeing their players earn an NCAA opportunity while playing in the NAHL. To date, over 180 NAHL players have already made NCAA commitments during the 2016-17 season. The NAHL’s Robertson Cup Championship will play a big role in that success, with dozens of players earning an NCAA opportunity following their participation in the event.
The four NAHL divisional playoff champions will advance to the Robertson Cup Championship. Once the four NAHL Divisional Playoff Champions are determined, clubs will be seeded 1-4 based upon their finish in the NAHL regular-season standings. The game schedule will be as follows: The #1 Seed will face the #4 seed in a best of three series. The #2 seed will face the #3 seed in a best of three series. The two series winners will advance onto a one-game championship to determine the Robertson Cup National Champion.
The Robertson Cup is awarded to the national playoff champion of the NAHL. The oldest junior hockey trophy in the United States, the Robertson Cup is named in honor of Chuck Robertson, a pioneer of junior hockey in the NAHL and youth hockey in the state of Michigan. Robertson was the owner of the Paddock Pools Saints when they won a record seven straight championships from 1976-83.
Built in 2008, the Essentia Health Duluth Heritage Center serves as the home of Duluth’s High School Hockey, the Duluth Amateur Hockey Association and the Dave Goldberg family branch of the Boys and Girls Club of the Northland. The center is a tribute to the rich hockey tradition in the area with numerous displays of Duluth's hockey history. The facility has two ice rinks (Sill and Seitz Arenas). The Robertson Cup Championship will be held in Sill Arena, which accommodates up to 1,800 spectators.
The event will be held in cooperation with the 2017 NAHL Future Prospects Combine. Entering its fourth year in 2017, the Combine will accept applications from all players with birth years from 2001-04. The players will be introduced to and provided with a weekend that involves the 'NAHL Experience,' which will consist of competitive hockey, education of the future levels of hockey, academic preparation for NCAA hockey and exposure to professional, college and junior scouts. Players can register for the combine here
The Holiday Inn & Suites Duluth Downtown is the official host hotel of the 2017 NAHL Robertson Cup. Located at tip of Lake Superior in the heart of downtown Duluth, the Holiday Inn & Suites is Duluth’s largest full-service hotel. Amenities include: complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, expanded 24-hour fitness center, 24-hour business center, two swimming pools, complimentary covered parking, and skywalk access to downtown Duluth and Canal Park. The Holiday Inn & Suites will host teams, staff, fans and scouts, as well as, serve as host to the 2017 Robertson Cup Luncheon. Rooms can booked at the special Robertson Cup Rate of $125 per night. Reservations can be made by calling (218) 722-1202 and asking for the Robertson Cup Rate.