|Current season or competition:|
2017 Telus Cup
|Formerly||Air Canada Cup (1979-2003)|
|Most recent champion(s)||North York Rangers (2016)|
|Most championships||Regina Pat Canadians|
Notre Dame Hounds (4 each)
|TV partner(s)||TSN (English)|
|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.
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.
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.
Road to CupEdit
- New Brunswick/Prince Edward Island Major Midget Hockey League
- Newfoundland & Labrador Major Midget Hockey League
- Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League
- Quebec Midget AAA Hockey League (QMAAA)
- Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League (MMHL)
- Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League (SMHL)
- Hockey Northwestern Ontario
Winners and hostsEdit
|Year||Gold Medal||Silver Medal||Bronze Medal||Location|
|1974||Template:Country data QC Verdun Leafs||Kingston||Template:Country data QC Hull Kiwanis||Oshawa, ON|
|1975||Barrie Co-ops||Template:Country data QC Verdun Leafs||Oshawa Parkway||Oshawa, ON|
|1976||Template:Country data AB Calgary Spurs||Toronto Nationals||Template:Country data SK Swift Current Legionnaires||Template:Country data AB Calgary, AB|
|1977||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||East Ottawa Voyageurs||Toronto-Wexford||Template:Country data QC Verdun, QC|
National championships by regionEdit
|West||SHA, HM, NWO||18||6||7|
|Pacific||BCAHA, HA, HN||6||9||7|
|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.
Telus Cup alumniEdit
- ↑ "Quispamsis Awarded 2016 TELUS Cup", Hockey New Brunswick, June 3, 2014.
- ↑ Canada's National Midget Championship Officially Named the Telus Cup. Hockey Canada (October 14, 2004). Retrieved on January 14, 2012.
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