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Telus Cup
Current season or competition:
2017 Telus Cup
Formerly Air Canada Cup (1979-2003)
Sport Ice hockey
Inaugural season 1979
Country(ies) Flag of Canada Canada
Most recent champion(s) North York Rangers (2016)
Most championships Regina Pat Canadians
Notre Dame Hounds (4 each)
TV partner(s) TSN (English)
RDS (French)
Official website Telus Cup website

The Telus Cup is Canada's national midget ice hockey championship. It is an annual event, held by Hockey Canada each April. From 1979 to 2003, the national midget championship was sponsored by Air Canada.

The current champions are the North York Rangers who won the 2016 Telus Cup in Quispamsis, New Brunswick.[1] The 2017 Telus Cup will take place in Prince George, British Columbia.

HistoryEdit

Wrigley Cup (1973-1978)Edit

The forerunner to the Canadian national midget championship was the Wrigley National Midget Hockey Tournament which ran from 1974 though 1978. Oshawa, Ontario hosted the very first Wrigley tournament. In 1973, prior to Wrigley, the Prince Edward Island provincial government co-sponsored it as part of their "Come Home Year" celebrations.

The Wrigley was an invitational event, with each of Canadian Hockey's branches declaring their respective champions through playdowns held during the Christmas and New Year's holidays. The champions were invited to take part in the Wrigley each January, a host team comprised the final competitor.

Each year, the winning team represented Canada in the Soviet Union for a series of games against elite teams, including the Soviet Midget Red Army in Moscow, Leningrad, and Riga. The Verdun Midget Maple Leafs won the first Wrigley championship in 1974, defeating Kingston Gurnsey Realtors of Ontario 5-3. The final game was televised live coast to coast by the CTV Television Network. Media in USSR reported that the last game between the Leafs and the Red Army team in Moscow was viewed by more than 100 million people on Soviet television, although there were only two television channels in Russia at that time. Verdun lost to the National Russian Team, 6-5.

Air Canada Cup (1979-2003)Edit

Canada's official national midget championship, the Air Canada Cup, was established in 1979. The inaugural tournament was held in Winnipeg, Manitoba and used a format similar to the Wrigley. Each of Canada's twelve branches determined their champions through their own playoff system. The branch champions advanced to the national tournament to play for the Air Canada Cup.

In 1984, the Air Canada Cup was revised to the current six-team format. Five regional representatives, decided by inter-branch competition (branch playoffs in Quebec), and a predetermined host team play a round robin with the top four teams qualifying for the semi-finals. The winners of the semi-finals advance to the gold medal game, the losers play for the bronze medal. A total of 19 games are played over six days of competition.

Telus Cup (2004-present)Edit

After Air Canada's sponsorship ended in 2003, Telus signed on as the new title sponsor and the national championship was rechristened as the Telus Cup in October 2004.[2]

Teams from Saskatchewan and Quebec have been dominate at this event and captured the most medals. The most successful teams include the Notre Dame Hounds, Regina Pat Canadians, Prince Albert Mintos, Lac St-Louis Lions, Richelieu Riverains (now Collège Charles-Lemoyne), and Red Deer Rebels/Chiefs.

All Telus Cup round robin, semi-final, and bronze medal games are streamed live by FASTHockey.com. Each year's gold medal game is televised nationally on TSN (English) and RDS (French).

Road to CupEdit

Atlantic Region

New Brunswick/Prince Edward Island Major Midget Hockey League
Newfoundland & Labrador Major Midget Hockey League
Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League

Central Region

Pacific Region

Alberta Midget Hockey League (AMHL)
British Columbia Major Midget League (BCMML)

Quebec

West Region

Winners and hostsEdit

Wrigley Cup
Year Gold Medal Silver Medal Bronze Medal Location
1974 Template:Country data QC Verdun Leafs Flag of Ontario Kingston Template:Country data QC Hull Kiwanis Flag of Ontario Oshawa, ON
1975 Flag of Ontario Barrie Co-ops Template:Country data QC Verdun Leafs Flag of Ontario Oshawa Parkway Flag of Ontario Oshawa, ON
1976 Template:Country data AB Calgary Spurs Flag of Ontario Toronto Nationals Template:Country data SK Swift Current Legionnaires Template:Country data AB Calgary, AB
1977 Flag of Ontario Don Mills Flyers Template:Country data QC Lions du Lac St-Louis Template:Country data BC Burnaby Winter Club Template:Country data NB Moncton, NB
1978 Template:Country data QC Couillard de Ste-Foy Flag of Ontario East Ottawa Voyageurs Flag of Ontario Toronto-Wexford Template:Country data QC Verdun, QC
Air Canada/Telus Cup
Year Gold Medal Silver Medal Bronze Medal Location
1979 Template:Country data QC Couillard de Ste-Foy Flag of Ontario St. Michael's College Buzzers Template:Country data SK Notre Dame Hounds Template:Country data MB Winnipeg, MB
1980 Template:Country data SK Notre Dame Hounds Template:Country data QC Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy Template:Country data BC North Shore Winter Club Flag of Ontario Cornwall, ON
1981 Template:Country data QC Lions du Lac St-Louis Flag of Ontario Kitchener Greenshirts Template:Country data NS Antigonish Novas Template:Country data NS Halifax, NS
1982 Template:Country data BC Burnaby Winter Club Template:Country data QC Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy Template:Country data NS Cape Breton Colonels
Flag of Ontario South Ottawa Warriors (tie)
Template:Country data BC Victoria, BC
1983 Template:Country data SK Regina Pat Canadians Template:Country data QC Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy Flag of Ontario Andrews Maroons Template:Country data QC Ste-Foy, QC
1984 Flag of Ontario North Bay Pine Hill Template:Country data SK Notre Dame Hounds Template:Country data QC Lions du Lac St-Louis Flag of Ontario North Bay, ON
1985 Template:Country data QC Lions du Lac St-Louis Template:Country data SK Regina Pat Canadians Template:Country data AB Calgary Buffaloes Template:Country data SK Regina, SK
1986 Template:Country data SK Notre Dame Hounds Flag of Ontario Toronto Redwings Template:Country data QC Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy Template:Country data NB Moncton, NB
1987 Template:Country data QC Riverains du Richelieu Template:Country data SK Notre Dame Hounds Template:Country data AB Calgary Buffaloes Flag of Ontario Glouchester, ON
1988 Template:Country data SK Regina Pat Canadians Template:Country data AB Calgary Northstars Flag of Ontario Thunder Bay Bearcats Flag of Ontario Thunder Bay, ON
1989 Template:Country data AB Calgary Buffaloes Template:Country data SK Regina Pat Canadians Flag of Ontario Wexford Raiders Template:Country data NL St. John's, NL
1990 Template:Country data QC Riverains du Richelieu Template:Country data QC Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy Template:Country data SK Notre Dame Hounds Template:Country data QC Sorel, QC
1991 Template:Country data AB Calgary Northstars Template:Country data AB Sherwood Park Chain Gang Template:Country data QC Lions du Lac St-Louis Template:Country data AB Calgary, AB
1992 Template:Country data QC Lions du Lac St-Louis Flag of Ontario Thunder Bay Kings Template:Country data NS Dartmouth Kings Template:Country data NS Dartmouth, NS
1993 Template:Country data SK Yorkton Mallers Template:Country data QC Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy Flag of Ontario Sault Ste Marie Legion Flag of Ontario Kitchener, ON
1994 Template:Country data SK Regina Pat Canadians Template:Country data AB Red Deer Chiefs Template:Country data QC L'Intrepide de Gatineau Template:Country data MB Brandon, MB
1995 Flag of Ontario Thunder Bay Kings Template:Country data AB Red Deer Chiefs Template:Country data QC Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy Template:Country data QC Sherbrooke, QC
1996 Template:Country data QC Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy Flag of Ontario Thunder Bay Kings Template:Country data BC North Kamloops Lions Template:Country data BC Kamloops, BC
1997 Flag of Ontario Thunder Bay Kings Flag of Ontario New Liskeard Cubs Template:Country data AB Calgary Royals Template:Country data NS New Glasgow, NS
1998 Template:Country data QC Riverains du C.C. Lemoyne Flag of Ontario Sudbury Nickel Capitals Template:Country data AB Calgary Buffaloes Flag of Ontario Sudbury, ON
1999 Template:Country data SK Regina Pat Canadians Template:Country data AB Calgary Flames Template:Country data QC Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy Template:Country data SK Prince Albert, SK
2000 Template:Country data QC Cantonniers de Magog Template:Country data QC C.F. de Montréal-Bourassa Template:Country data SK Saskatoon Contacts Template:Country data QC Montréal, QC
2001 Template:Country data QC Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy Template:Country data AB Calgary Royals Flag of Ontario Toronto Young Nationals Template:Country data BC Prince George, BC
2002 Template:Country data SK Tisdale Trojans Template:Country data NS Dartmouth Subways Template:Country data QC Riverains du C.C. Lemoyne Template:Country data NB Bathurst, NB
2003 Template:Country data AB Calgary Northstars Template:Country data QC Gaulois du Collège Antoine-Girouard Template:Country data NL St. John's Maple Leafs Flag of Ontario Sault Ste Marie, ON
2004 Template:Country data MB Brandon Wheat Kings Template:Country data QC Riverains du C.C. Lemoyne Template:Country data AB Red Deer Chiefs Flag of Ontario Kenora, ON
2005 Template:Country data SK Saskatoon Contacts Template:Country data QC L'Intrépide de Gatineau Template:Country data QC Commandeurs de Lévis Template:Country data QC Gatineau, QC
2006 Template:Country data SK Prince Albert Mintos Template:Country data AB Calgary Buffaloes Template:Country data QC Patriotes de Châteauguay Template:Country data PE Charlottetown, PE
2007 Template:Country data SK Prince Albert Mintos Template:Country data AB Red Deer Chiefs Template:Country data QC Blizzard du Sém. St-François Template:Country data AB Red Deer, AB
2008 Flag of Ontario Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves Template:Country data MB Winnipeg Thrashers Template:Country data QC Blizzard du Sém. St-François Flag of Ontario Arnprior, ON
2009 Template:Country data SK Notre Dame Hounds Template:Country data AB Calgary Buffaloes Template:Country data QC R.S. de Laval-Bourassa Template:Country data MB Selkirk, MB
2010 Template:Country data SK Notre Dame Hounds Flag of Ontario Mississauga Reps Template:Country data NL St. John's Fog Devils Template:Country data QC Lévis, QC
2011 Template:Country data MB Winnipeg Thrashers Flag of Ontario London Jr. Knights Template:Country data QC Lac St-Louis Lions Template:Country data NL St. John's, NL
2012 Template:Country data AB Red Deer Chiefs Template:Country data QC Phénix du Collège Esther-Blondin Template:Country data SK Saskatoon Contacts Template:Country data AB Leduc, AB
2013 Template:Country data AB Red Deer Chiefs Flag of Ontario Ottawa Junior 67's Template:Country data QC R.R. de Laval-Montréal Flag of Ontario Sault Ste Marie, ON
2014 Template:Country data SK Prince Albert Mintos Template:Country data QC Grenadiers de Châteauguay Template:Country data BC Okanagan Rockets Template:Country data SK Moose Jaw, SK
2015 Flag of Ontario Toronto Young Nationals Template:Country data QC Grenadiers de Châteauguay Template:Country data SK Regina Pat Canadians Template:Country data QC Rivière-du-Loup, QC
2016 Flag of Ontario North York Rangers Template:Country data NB Saint John Vito's Template:Country data QC Lac St-Louis Lions Template:Country data NB Quispamsis, NB
2017 Template:Country data BC Prince George, BC
2018 Flag of Ontario Sudbury, ON

National championships by regionEdit

Medals by Region
Region Branches Gold Silver Bronze
West SHA, HM, NWO 18 6 7
Quebec HQ 10 13 15
Pacific BCAHA, HA, HN 6 9 7
Central OHF, HEO 4 8 5
Atlantic HNB, HNS, HPEI, HNL 0 2 5

Note: Wins by host teams and teams prior to regional consolidation have been assigned to their respective regions as they currently exist.

Award winnersEdit

See: List of Telus Cup award winners

Telus Cup alumniEdit

See: List of Telus Cup alumni who played in the NHL

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Quispamsis Awarded 2016 TELUS Cup", Hockey New Brunswick, June 3, 2014. 
  2. Canada's National Midget Championship Officially Named the Telus Cup. Hockey Canada (October 14, 2004). Retrieved on January 14, 2012.

External linksEdit

Template:Hockey Canada Template:Midget AAA Hockey in Canada


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