The Inaugural 1996 Royal Bank Cup is the 26th Junior "A" 1996 ice hockey National Championship for the Canadian Junior A Hockey League.
The Royal Bank Cup was competed for by the winners of the Doyle Cup, Anavet Cup, Dudley Hewitt Cup, the Fred Page Cup and a host city.
The tournament was hosted by the Melfort Mustangs and Melfort, Saskatchewan.
Note: x- denotes teams who have advanced to the semi-final.
- Melfort Mustangs defeat Yorkton Terriers 7-1
- Newmarket 87's defeat Vernon Vipers 7-5
- Melfort Mustangs defeat Moncton Beavers 5-0
- Newmarket 87's defeat Yorkton Terriers 5-2
- Vernon Vipers defeat Moncton Beavers 6-3
- Melfort Mustangs defeat Vernon Vipers 5-1
- Yorkton Terriers defeat Moncton Beavers 8-2
- Melfort Mustangs defeat Newmarket 87's 11-3
- Moncton Beavers defeat Newmarket 87's 4-3
- Vernon Vipers defeat Yorkton Terriers 5-1
Semi and Finals
- Most Valuable Player: Serge Bourgeois (Moncton Beavers)
- Top Scorer: Jason Duda (Melfort Mustangs)
- Most Sportsmanlike Player: Valeri Ermolov (Melfort Mustangs)
- Top Goalie: Joel Laing (Melfort Mustangs)
- Top Forward: Jeff Cheeseman (Vernon Vipers)
- Top Defenceman: Curtis Doell (Melfort Mustangs)
Role of League Champions
- AJHL: St. Albert Saints
- BCHL: Vernon Vipers
- CJHL: Cornwall Colts
- MJHL: St. James Canadians
- MJAHL: Dartmouth Oland Exports
- NOJHL: Rayside-Balfour Sabrecats
- OPJHL: Newmarket 87's
- QPJHL: Contrecoeur Eperviers
- RMJHL: Prince George Spruce Kings
- SJHL: Melfort Mustangs