J. Pius Callaghan Cup

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The J. Pius Callaghan Cup[1] is a trophy that was formerly given to the ice hockey Junior A Champion of Atlantic Canada from 1981 until 1991. The trophy is named for Joseph Pius Callaghan, sports writer for the Charlottetown Guardian, school teacher, and sports executive, by Hockey PEI.[2] From 1991 until 2006, the trophy was awarded to the playoff champion of the Maritime Junior A Hockey League. In 2006 it was retired and now resides in the Charlottetown Civic Centre. Prior to 1981, the championship was just called the Atlantic Junior A Championship.

History[edit]

First awarded in 1981, the Callaghan Cup was awarded to the top team to play in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, or Newfoundland and Labrador. Prior to this, the championship was just known as the Atlantic Junior A Championship.

Depending on the year, the Callaghan Cup was the quarter-final of the Manitoba Centennial Cup National Championship and the winner would play the Central Champions for the Dudley Hewitt Cup Eastern Canada Championship. Eventually, as Maritime hockey became less prominent, the Dudley Hewitt Cup went to the Central Champion only.

By 1991, all Maritime leagues had amalgamated into the Maritime Junior A Hockey League and the St. John's Junior Hockey League dropped down to Jr. B play. The Canadian Amateur Hockey Association gave the MJAHL custody over the Callaghan Cup as its playoff championship.

In 2006, the Maritime Junior A Hockey League retired the trophy and replaced it with the Kent Cup.

Prior to the MJAHL taking control of the trophy, the Callaghan Cup/Atlantic Championship was won by a Prince Edward Island team 9 times, a Nova Scotia team 8 times, New Brunswick 3 times, and Newfoundland and Labrador once.

Since 1995, the Atlantic Region, Ottawa District of Ontario and the Quebec champions all compete together for a spot at the Royal Bank Cup through the Fred Page Cup.

Leagues in competition[edit]

Champions[edit]

Atlantic Canada Junior A Champions
Year Champions Runners-Up Series/Host
Atlantic Junior A Championship
1971 Prince Edward Island Charlottetown Islanders (MJAHL) New Brunswick Moncton Beavers (NBJHL) 4-0
1972 Prince Edward Island Charlottetown Islanders (Independent) New Brunswick Moncton Beavers (NBJHL) 4-1
1973 New Brunswick Moncton Beavers (NBJHL) Newfoundland and Labrador Buchans Miners (NJAHL) 3-0
1974 Prince Edward Island Charlottetown Colonels (IJHL) New Brunswick Moncton Beavers (NBJHL) 3-2
1975 Newfoundland and Labrador Gander Jr. Flyers (NJAHL) Prince Edward Island Charlottetown Colonels (IJHL) 3-0
1976 Prince Edward Island Charlottetown Colonels (IJHL) Nova Scotia Sydney Millionaires (EJAHL) 4-1
1977 Prince Edward Island Charlottetown Generals (IJHL) Nova Scotia Sydney Millionaires (EJAHL) 4-0
1978 Prince Edward Island Charlottetown Eagles (IJHL) Nova Scotia Cole Harbour Colts (MVJHL) 4-0
1979 Prince Edward Island Sherwood-Parkdale Metros (IJHL) Nova Scotia Halifax Lions (MVJHL) 4-3
1980 Prince Edward Island Sherwood-Parkdale Metros (IJHL) Nova Scotia Cole Harbour Colts (MVJHL) 4-2
Callaghan Cup
1981 Nova Scotia Cole Harbour Colts (MVJHL) Prince Edward Island Sherwood-Parkdale Metros (IJHL) 4-2
1982 New Brunswick Moncton Hawks (NBJHL) Prince Edward Island North River North Stars (IJHL) 4-2
1983 Nova Scotia Halifax Lions (MVJHL) Prince Edward Island Sherwood-Parkdale Metros (IJHL) 4-1
1984 Nova Scotia Halifax Lions (MVJHL) Prince Edward Island Summerside Western Capitals (IJHL) 4-1
1985 Nova Scotia Cole Harbour Colts* (MVJHL) Prince Edward Island Charlottetown Eagles (IJHL) 4-2
1986 New Brunswick Moncton Hawks* (MVJHL) Prince Edward Island Summerside Western Capitals (IJHL)
1987 Nova Scotia Dartmouth Fuel Kids (MVJHL) Prince Edward Island Charlottetown Abbies (IJHL) 4-1
1988 Nova Scotia Halifax Lions (MVJHL) Prince Edward Island Summerside Western Capitals (IJHL) 4-3
1989 Prince Edward Island Summerside Western Capitals (IJHL) New Brunswick Moncton Hawks (MVJHL) 4-1
1990 Nova Scotia Amherst Ramblers (MVJHL) Prince Edward Island Charlottetown Abbies (IJHL) 4-1
1991 Nova Scotia Halifax Canadians (MVJHL) Newfoundland and Labrador St. John's Jr. 50's (SJJHL) 4-0
Callaghan Cup permanently given to Maritime Junior A Hockey League

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