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Windsor Bulldogs' team captain Lou Bendo holds the Bolton Cup after his team won it in 1963.

The Bolton Cup was awarded to the Eastern Canadian Champion of the Allan Cup playdowns until 2003. It became the Atlantic Region Championship trophy starting in 2004. It has not been awarded consistently since 2003 due to the degeneration of Senior hockey in Quebec and the Maritimes and the subsequent restructuring of the Allan Cup tournament itself had rendered the Bolton Cup obsolete as the Eastern Canada championship and made it the Atlantic Canada championship trophy.

There has been a revival in senior AAA hockey in Newfoundland and Labrador with the formation of the Newfoundland Senior Hockey League in 2011. Several teams have also registered for Senior AAA level play in New Brunswick starting in 2015. Quebec (which still has no registered AAA teams as of 2017) and Atlantic Canada now have their own qualifying regions for the Allan Cup. The spot for the Quebec champion has been traditionally given to another team from the host teams region.  It is unknown when the trophy was officially first awarded. 

After the 2003 Allan Cup the qualifying set up was changed. Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada were each given their own qualifying spots. Quebec and Ontario already had provincial championships set up and the Bolton Cup became the regional qualifying trophy for Atlantic Canada. As of 2017 the event has only been held two or three times (2005 uncertain if event happened) to determine an Atlantic Regional qualifier for that year's Allan Cup tournament. The region has had either no teams or only one team competing at the Senior AAA level in many of the seasons and the region has hosted the Allan Cup twice with other regions not competing and having additional Atlantic Region teams qualifying for the Allan Cup tournament with out the need for the Regional qualifier.

Bolton Cup Eastern Canada Champions
Year Champions Runners-Up
1960 Chatham Maroons* Hull Legion
1961 Galt Terriers* Amherst Ramblers
1962 Montreal Olympics Kapuskasing Kaps
1963 Windsor Bulldogs* Moncton Hawks
1964 Woodstock Athletics Ottawa Montagnards
1965 Sherbrooke Castors* Woodstock Athletics
1966 Sherbrooke Castors Guelph Royals
1967 Drummondville Aigles* Kingston Aces
1968 Victoriaville Tigres* Toronto Marlboros
1969 Galt Hornets* Victoriaville Tigres
1970 Orillia Terriers Victoriaville Tigres
1971 Galt Hornets* Grand Falls Cataracts
1972 Barrie Flyers
1973 Orillia Terriers*
1974 Barrie Flyers*
1975 Barrie Flyers
1976 Barrie Flyers
1977 Brantford Alexanders*
1978 Brantford Alexanders
1979 Petrolia Squires*
1980 Cambridge Hornets
1981 Petrolia Squires* Grand Falls Cataracts
1982 Petrolia Squires
1983 Cambridge Hornets*
1984 Cambridge Hornets
1985 Corner Brook Royals
1986 Corner Brook Royals*
1987 Brantford Motts Clamatos*
1988 Charlottetown Islanders
1989 Equipe Chomeday Montreal
1990 Equipe Chomeday Montreal*
1991 Charlottetown Islanders*
1992 Charlottetown Islanders
No Eastern Canada Senior "AAA" Competition for 1993, 1994
1995 Truro Bearcats
1996 Truro Bearcats Ohsweken Riverhawks
1997 Truro Bearcats Bothwell Bullets
1998 London Admirals
1999 London McMaster Chevys
2000 St-Georges Garaga
2001 Dundas Real McCoys
2002 St-Georges Garaga* Dundas Real McCoys
2003 Lancaster ThunderCats Cambridge Hornets
Bolton Cup Atlantic Canada Champions
Year Champions Runners-Up
2004 Saint John ThunderCats Brudnell Rangers
2005 Can-Am Cobras Brudnell Rangers
2006 No Atlantic Canada teams registered at Senior AAA
2007 Halifax Molson Canadians only registered Senior AAA team in region
2008 No Atlantic Canada teams competing at Senior AAA
2009 No Atlantic Canada teams registered at Senior AAA
2010 Clarenville Caribous only registered Senior AAA team in region
2011 Clarenville Caribous* only registered Senior AAA team in region
2012 Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts only Senior AAA registered team in region
2013 Clarenville Caribous only Senior AAA registered team in region
2014 Clarenville Caribous only registered Senior AAA team in region
2015 No event held 2015 Allan Cup held in Clarenville, NL
2016 Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts Lameque Au Ptit Mousse
2017 No event held 2017 Allan Cup held in Bouctouche, NB

note: Teams in italics were region representative at that year's Allan Cup and not winners of Bolton Cup; teams in Bold won a regional qualifying series.

The 2005 event may not have taken place as the Brudenell Rangers may have folded earlier in the season; they were the only other registered Senior AAA team in the region for 2004-05 season

Teams marked with * won the Allan Cup that year

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