first_imgThe Castlegar Rebels open the 2013 Cyclone Taylor Cup Thursday against tournament host Glacier Kings at Comox Valley Sports Centre.The game is the feature match during opening day of the four-team tournament to crown the B.C. Junior B Champion, beginning at 7:30 p.m.Comox Valley lost out to Victoria Cougars in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League final.Victoria opens the tournament at 3:30 p.m. against Pacific Junior Hockey League winner Richmond Sockeyes.Round robin play continues through Saturday before the playoff round Sunday. Castlegar, entering the tournament with a 16-4-0-1 record after disposing of the North Okanagan Knights in five games to clinch the KIJHL title, plays Victoria Friday before concluding the tournament Saturday against Richmond.The gold medal game between the top two teams goes Sunday at 2:30 p.m.The third and fourth place finishers meet in the bronze medal contest at 10:30 p.m.The Cyclone Taylor Champ represents B.C. at the Keystone Cup April 17-21 in St. Malo, Manitoba.Abbotsford Pilots won the 2012 Cyclone Taylor Cup and went on to capture the Western Junior B Championship, the Keystone Cup.  The win gave British Columbia three of the past four Keystone Cup victories. In 2009 and 2010, the BC representatives won back-to-back Keystone Cups with the Richmond Sockeyes winning in 2009 and the Revelstoke Grizzlies in 2010. The Richmond Sockeyes defeated the Nelson Leafs in the Cyclone Taylor Final in 2009.The Nelson Leafs host the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup at the NDCC Arena.See: http://thenelsondaily.com/news/mallards-team-week-%E2%80%94-kijhl-champion-castlegar-rebels-24069#.UWTcEBm8JE4last_img

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