The Bolton Cup was awarded to the Eastern Canadian Champion of the Allan Cup playdowns. It has not been awarded 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. There has been a revival in senior AAA hockey in Newfoundland and Labrador with the formation of the Newfoundland Senior Hockey League in 2011. Quebec (which still has no registered AAA teams as of 2015) 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.