The RBC Cup is on display this week at the local branch along with a lot of proud employees.
The national junior A hockey championship sponsored by RBC starts Saturday with Zac Giroux, the son of bank employee Tasha Giroux from Edmonton, playing for the host Bobcats at the Centennial Civic Centre.
Branch manager Shaun Geurts also has his game face on as the leader of the local host company.
“Locally, it’s great to be a part and bring this great event to our community,” said Geurts.
“I know it was a lot of work for this event to come to town and we’re just appreciative to be the hosts of the RBC Cup.”
The local branch is hosting a fun day of events at the branch this Friday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Of interest to young hockey fans is a chance to meet Carla MacLeod.
She’s won two gold medals at the Olympics with Canada’s national women’s hockey team and will be available to meet and greet at 3:30 p.m.
Leo the Lion, RBC’s mascot will also be on hand all day and at the rink throughout the event.
“Kids love him and he’s great to pose with pictures,” said Geurts.
Geurts noted RBC is a big part of the community with the Canadian company being a major sponsor for Hockey Canada presenting the five team tournament May 14-22.
The branch has been given a slew of VIP tickets that will be used to host clients with some given to local charities.
If the Bobcats win, Geurts thinks that would be the proverbial icing on the cake for the company and the city.
“It will be great for the community,” he said.
“We have a lot of rabid hockey fans in Lloydminster and it would be very exciting to be part of that event and the local community would be behind them 110 per cent.”
RBC’s clients are also loving the attention Lloydminster is getting by RBC’s sponsorship of the event.
“I think clients are flabbergasted to know that we have all these events happening here in the community,” said Jinny Masse, assistant branch manager.
“I think clients are very supportive of the event and they’re thrilled.”
The local RBC Dominion Securities division is sponsoring an all schools ball hockey tournament outside the Civic Centre starting Monday at 9:30 a.m. and ending Thursday.
“Right now, we’ve got a team from each school so it will be good,” said Dave Bryson, vice-president and investment advisor.
There will be four city champions crowned in four age categories.
“We supply each school with a banner representing the winners, which will be posted in their school for many years to come,” said Bryson.
The branch will also be running ticket giveaway contests with the grand prize being tickets to the World Junior Hockey Tournament in Toronto this December.