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World U-17 Hockey Challenge
World U17 logo
Organizer: Hockey Canada
Sport: Ice hockey
Last event: 2012, Windsor, Ontario
Next event: 2013
Current champion: Flag of Russia Russia

The World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, originally known as the Quebec Esso Cup, is an international ice hockey tournament held annually in Canada. Prior to 2011,[NB 1] the tournament did not operate during years in which the Canada Winter Games were held. As such, the World Under-17 Challenge was held three out of every four years. It is organized by Hockey Canada and is the first major international competition for male hockey players under the age of 17. The tournament is the first step in Hockey Canada's Program of Excellence and is used to identify players moving on to the U18 and National Junior Team.

Origins Edit

The inaugural World Under-17 Hockey Challenge took place in Quebec as the 1986 Quebec Esso Cup. At the time, it was considered the unofficial world championship of midget hockey. It was also used as a development tool for the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association to identify players for further development as well as expose them to their first taste of international competition. The tournament was among ten teams, five regional teams from Canada, Finland, Czechoslovakia, U.S.A., Sweden, and the U.S.S.R. Team Quebec, led by future NHL first overall pick Pierre Turgeon captured gold by defeating the Soviets, who featured the likes of Sergei Fedorov and Alexander Mogilny.

Recent years Edit

The World Under-17 Hockey Challenge has continued to grow over the years to the point where it is perhaps the largest annual event on Hockey Canada's calendar. The tournament is not an official World Championship, as it organized entirely by Hockey Canada. The IIHF holds the World Under-18 Championships each April.

The tournament is typically held over the Christmas break at the same time as the Under-20 World Junior Hockey Championships. As such, Sidney Crosby, who would have been slated to participate in the 2004 Championships did not take part having been selected to Canada's National Junior team at the time.

2011 Edit

The 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge was held in Winnipeg, and Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. The majority of games were played at the new MTS Iceplex in Winnipeg and PCU Centre in Portage la Prairie. The championship game was held on January 4 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, with Team Ontario defeating the United States 5-3 in front of a record crowd of 12,060.[1]

Participating teams Edit

Canada enters five regional teams from across the country. These teams are:

  • Flag of Canada.svg Canada Atlantic (New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island)
  • Flag of Canada.svg Canada Quebec
  • Flag of Canada.svg Canada Ontario
  • Flag of Canada.svg Canada Western (Manitoba and Saskatchewan)
  • Flag of Canada.svg Canada Pacific (Alberta and British Columbia)

Other participating nations have included:

ResultsEdit

Year Gold Silver Bronze Host(s)
2012 Flag of Russia Russia Flag of the United States United States Flag of Canada.svg Canada Ontario Flag of Ontario Windsor
2011 [NB 1] Flag of Canada.svg Canada Ontario Flag of the United States United States Flag of Canada.svg Canada Pacific Flag of Manitoba Winnipeg / Portage La Prairie
2010 Flag of the United States United States Flag of Canada.svg Canada Ontario Flag of Sweden Sweden Flag of Ontario Timmins / Iroquois Falls / Cochrane / Kapuskasing / Kirkland Lake / New Liskeard
2009 Flag of Canada.svg Canada Ontario Flag of Canada.svg Canada Pacific Flag of the United States United States Flag of British Columbia Campbell River / Courtenay / Duncan / Nanaimo / Parksville / Port Alberni
2008 Flag of Canada.svg Canada Ontario Flag of the United States United States Flag of Canada.svg Canada West Flag of Ontario London / Lucan / St. Thomas / Stratford / Strathroy / Woodstock
2007 The ice hockey tournament at the 2007 Canada Games was held in place of a 2007 tournament.
2006 Flag of Canada.svg Canada Quebec Flag of the United States United States Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Flag of Saskatchewan Balgonie / Fort Qu'Appelle / Indian Head / Milestone / Moose Jaw / Regina / Southey / Weyburn
2005 Flag of Canada.svg Canada West Flag of Canada.svg Canada Pacific Flag of Canada.svg Canada Atlantic Flag of Alberta Lethbridge
2004 Flag of Canada.svg Canada Ontario Flag of Canada.svg Canada Pacific Flag of Canada.svg Canada Quebec Flag of Newfoundland and LabradorSt. John's
2003 The ice hockey tournament at the 2003 Canada Games was held in place of a 2003 tournament.
2002 Flag of the United States United States Flag of Canada.svg Canada Pacific Flag of Canada.svg Canada Ontario Flag of Manitoba Selkirk / Stonewall
2001 Flag of the United States United States Flag of Canada.svg Canada Pacific Flag of Canada.svg Canada Ontario Flag of Nova Scotia New Glasgow / Truro
2000 Flag of Russia Russia Flag of Canada.svg Canada Ontario Flag of Canada.svg Canada Pacific Flag of Ontario Timmins /Chapleau / Cochrane / Haileybury / Hearst / Kapuskasing / Kirkland Lake / New Liskeard / Smooth Rock Falls / Flag of Quebec Rouyn-Noranda
1999 The ice hockey tournament at the 1999 Canada Games was held in place of a 1999 tournament.
1998 [NB 2] Flag of Canada.svg Canada West Flag of the United States United States Flag of Finland Finland Flag of Saskatchewan Swift Current
1998 [NB 2] Flag of Canada.svg Canada Ontario Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Flag of Canada.svg Canada Quebec Flag of Ontario Kitchener
1997 Flag of Canada.svg Canada Ontario Flag of Sweden Sweden Flag of Canada.svg Canada Quebec Flag of Alberta Red Deer
1995 Flag of Canada.svg Canada Ontario Flag of Finland Finland Flag of Canada.svg Canada Quebec Flag of New Brunswick Moncton
1994 Flag of Canada.svg Canada Quebec Flag of the United States United States Flag of Canada.svg Canada Pacific Flag of Quebec Amos
1992 Flag of Canada.svg Canada Ontario Flag of Canada.svg Canada Quebec Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Flag of Ontario Sudbury
1990 Flag of Finland Finland Flag of Canada.svg Canada Quebec Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union Flag of Quebec Quebec City
1988 Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union Flag of Sweden Sweden Flag of Canada.svg Canada Quebec Flag of Quebec Quebec City
1986 Flag of Canada.svg Canada Quebec Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union Flag of Canada.svg Canada Pacific Flag of Quebec Quebec City

Medal Table Edit

Country Gold medal icon Gold Silver medal icon Silver Bronze medal icon Bronze Medals
Flag of Canada Canada Ontario 8 2 3 13
Flag of the United States United States of America 3 5 1 9
Flag of Canada Canada Quebec 3 2 5 10
Flag of Russia Russia
Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union
 
2
1
3
0
1
1
0
1
1
2
3
5
Flag of Canada Canada West 2 0 1 3
Flag of Finland Finland 1 1 1 3
Flag of Canada Canada Pacific 0 5 4 9
Flag of Sweden Sweden 0 2 1 3
Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic
Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
 
0
0
0
1
0
1
1
1
2
2
1
3
Flag of Canada Canada Atlantic 0 0 1 1

Notable players who have participated in this tournament Edit

See alsoEdit

Notes Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 The ice hockey tournament at the 2011 Canada Games was supposed be held in place of a 2011 tournament. This is no longer true. The Canada Games tourney is now for U16 players, which will be played at the 2011 Games in Halifax. The U17 tournament will be played as planned in Winnipeg and Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. The female U18s nationals is off this year due to the Canada Games, but not the men.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Split events were held in 1998

References Edit

External LinksEdit

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