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NAHL announces schedule for the 2017 Robertson Cup

May 9, 2017
The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced the schedule for the 2017 Robertson Cup National Championship, which begins Thursday and will be played at the Essentia Health Duluth Heritage Center in Duluth, Minnesota, from May 11-14, 2017.
 
The Aston Rebels (East), Lone Star Brahmas (South), Janesville Jets (Midwest) and Aberdeen Wings (Central) have all advanced to the Robertson Cup Championship after winning their divisional playoff finals.
 
Now that the four NAHL Divisional Playoff Champions have been determined, the teams were seeded 1-4 based upon their finish in the NAHL regular-season standings. 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.
 
Schedule of events (game are best of three series, all times central):
 
Thursday, May 11
Robertson Cup Luncheon, 12:00pm (closed to the public, open to the media)
#1 Aston Rebels vs. #4 Aberdeen Wings, 4:30pm
#2 Lone Star Brahmas vs. #3 Janesville Jets, 7:30pm
 
Friday, May 12
#1 Aston Rebels vs. #4 Aberdeen Wings, 4:30pm
#2 Lone Star Brahmas vs. #3 Janesville Jets, 7:30pm
 
Saturday, May 13
#1 Aston Rebels vs. #4 Aberdeen Wings, 3:00pm*
#2 Lone Star Brahmas vs. #3 Janesville Jets, 6:00pm*
*if necessary
 
Sunday, May 14
National Championship Game, 1:00pm
 
Overtime Note: During the Robertson Cup Championship, if the score is tied after three periods of play the following shall take place: Teams shall return to their dressing room and the ice shall be resurfaced. A fifteen-minute intermission shall take place. A twenty-minute, sudden death, overtime period shall be played with 5 skaters a side. The game shall terminate upon a goal being scored and the Club scoring declared the winner. If no goal is scored, the same procedure as above shall be repeated until a winner has been determined.
 
All games will be broadcasted live on HockeyTV
 
For more information on the event, please visit http://www.robertsoncup.com
 
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.
 
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 200 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.
 
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.
 
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