The Robertson Cup is back and ready to go!
The 2021 North American Hockey League (NAHL) Robertson Cup National Championship, faces-off today with the opening games of the Semi-Finals at Fogerty Arena in Blaine, Minnesota. The event runs from June 18-22.
The four divisional playoff champions who have qualified for the 2021 Robertson Cup Championship are: #1 Aberdeen Wings (Central Division), #2 Shreveport Mudbugs (South Division), #3 Maine Nordiques (East Division), and the #4 Minnesota Magicians (Midwest Division). Clubs were then seeded 1-4 for the event based upon their finish in the NAHL regular-season standings.
The #1 Seed Aberdeen Wings will face the #4 seed Minnesota Magicians in a best of three series. The #2 seed Shreveport Mudbugs will face the #3 seed Maine Nordiques in a best of three series. The two series winners will advance to a one-game Championship Game to determine the Robertson Cup Champion.
TICKETS: Tickets for the 2021 NAHL Robertson Cup National Championship are sold at Fogerty Arena beginning at 3:30pm on Friday, June 18th.
For more information on the event, please visit www.robertsoncup.com
All games will be broadcasted live and in HD on HockeyTV
2021 NAHL Robertson Cup Schedule (all times central)
Friday, June 18, Game 1: #1 Aberdeen vs. #4 MN Magicians, 4:30pm | #2 Shreveport vs. #3 Maine, 7:30pm
Saturday, June 19, Game 2: #1 Aberdeen vs. #4 MN Magicians, 4:30pm | #2 Shreveport vs. #3 Maine, 7:30pm
Sunday, June 20, Game 3: #1 Aberdeen vs. #4 MN Magicians, 3:00pm* | #2 Shreveport vs. #3 Maine, 6:00pm*
Monday, June 21: Off Day
Tuesday, June 22: Robertson Cup National Championship Game, 7:00pm
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.
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.
The 2021 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, will be held in cooperation with the Robertson Cup and will take place from June 19-20, 2021 at Fogerty Arena in Blaine, Minnesota. The 2021 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament will feature a total of 88 players from the NAHL, who will be spread amongst four teams that will play in two games each during the event. The event will feature teams that represent the four divisions in the NAHL: Central, East, Midwest and South. Only those NAHL players without an NCAA commitment are eligible to participate in the 2021 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, with the exception of those who have been identified by NHL Central Scouting as potential prospects for the 2021 NHL Draft. Players competing in the Robertson Cup Championship are not eligible to play in the 2021 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament. Each of the teams will consist of a 22-man roster (13 forwards, 7 defensemen, 2 goaltenders).
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, 337 NAHL players have already made NCAA commitments during the 2020-21 season, including a new single-season record of 280 NCAA Division I commitments. 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.