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The Atlantic Cup is used as the Atlantic Canada Senior Championship/Qualifier from the realignment of Allan Cup qualifying after the 2002-03 playing season.

Previous qualifyingEdit

A previous award had been the Starr Shield which was last used in 1948 as a Maritimes Senior Championship trophy.

The Maritime Amateur Hockey Association discontinued the Maritimes Senior Playoffs after the 1965-66 season. The MAHA began to fall apart when New Brunswick broke away to form the New Brunswick Amateur Hockey Association, now known as Hockey New Brunswick. The MAHA continued until at least 1974, the year the Hockey PEI broke away.

During the interim period teams from the Atlantic Canada region had participated in the Eastern Canada Allan Cup playoffs. as either provincial champions or Independent teams when there were no leagues in the province.

Due to a decline in senior hockey in the region the event has not been needed very often.

ChampionsEdit

Year Winning Team Losing Team Series Score
2003 Lancaster Thundercats PEI Stars 3 games to none (5-4(ot)[1], 4-3[2], 7-4[3]
2004 Saint John Thundercats Brudenell Rangers 4 games to none[4]
2005 Can-Am Cobras Brudenell Rangers default - Brudenell folded prior to series
2006 N/A N/A No Atlantic Canada teams registered at Senior AAA level
2007 Halifax Molson Canadians only team in region default
2008 N/A N/A No Atlantic Canada teams registered at Senior AAA level
2009 N/A N/A No Atlantic Canada teams registered at Senior AAA level
2010 Clarenville Caribous only team in region default
2011 Clarenville Caribous only team in region default
2012 Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts only team in region default
2013 Clarenville Caribous only team in region default
2014 Clarenville Caribous only team in region default
2015 N/A N/A Event not needed; 2015 Allan Cup held in Clarenville, Newfoundland and Labrador
2016 Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts Lameque Au Ptit Mousse 2 games to none (9-5, 4-0)
2017 N/A N/A Event not needed; 2017 Allan Cup held in Bouctouche, New Brunswick
2018 Elsipogtog Hawks Montague Stallions and Clarenville Caribous (See note 1 below)
2019 TBD TBD (See note 2 below)

Notes:

  1. The 2017 Herder Memorial Trophy champion Harbour Grace Cee Bee Stars declined to represent the province in Allan Cup qualifying for 2018. The runner-up Clarenville Caribous originally accepted to represent the province. However, Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador asked Clarenville to withdraw from the tournament. The Montague Stallions tried to withdraw from the North East Senior Hockey League in favor of Allan Cup qualifying; but Hockey PEI rejected the request and the Stallions subsequently folded.
  2. May not be needed as no teams from Newfoundland and Labrador have committed to qualifying, HNL reserved a spot for a single team at the Senior AAA level for 2018-19.  HNL has been trying to reorganize in an attempt to save teams in several markets and senior hockey in the province in general.

After Winning the Atlantic CupEdit

2003 Lancaster ThundercatsEdit

2004 Saint John ThundercatsEdit

2016 Grand Falls-Windsor CataractsEdit

ReferencesEdit