Telus Cup

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For the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League trophies, see Telus Cup – Offensive and Telus Cup – Defensive.
Telus Cup
Current season, competition or edition:
2014 Telus Cup
2014 Telus Cup.png
Formerly Air Canada Cup (1979-2003)
Sport Ice hockey
Inaugural season 1978-79
Country Canada Canada
Most recent champion(s) Saskatchewan Prince Albert Mintos
Most titles Saskatchewan Regina Pat Canadians
Saskatchewan Notre Dame Hounds (4)
TV partner(s) TSN (English)
RDS (French)
Sponsor(s) Hockey Canada
Telus
Official website Telus Cup Website

The Telus Cup, formerly the Air Canada Cup, is Canada's national midget ice hockey championship. It is an annual event, held by Hockey Canada each April, with six teams competing for the national title.

The current champions are the Prince Albert Mintos, who won the 2014 Telus Cup in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. The 2015 Telus Cup will be held in Rivière-du-Loup, Québec,[1] while Quispamsis, New Brunswick will host the national tournament in 2016.[2]

History[edit]

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 format that is still in use today. Five regional representatives, decided by inter-branch competition (branch playoffs in Quebec), are joined by a predetermined host team and play a round robin with the top four teams qualifying for the semi-finals. The winners of the semi-finals advance to the championship game, the losers play in the bronze medal game. A total of 19 games are played over six days of competition.

Telus Cup (2004-present)[edit]

After Air Canada's sponsorship of the national championship ended in 2003, Telus signed on as the new title sponsor and the competition was rechristened as the Telus Cup in October 2004.[3]

Teams from Saskatchewan and Quebec have been dominate at this event and have captured the most medals. The most successful teams include the Notre Dame Hounds, Regina Pat Canadians, Calgary Northstars, Calgary Buffaloes, Blizzard du Séminaire Saint-François (formerly the Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy), Lions du Lac St-Louis, Collège Charles-Lemoyne (formerly the Riverains du Richelieu), Red Deer Chiefs, and Prince Albert Mintos.

All tournament games are streamed online by FASTHockey. The championship game is televised live on TSN and RDS.

Winners and Hosts[edit]

Wrigley Cup[edit]

Year 1 Gold Medal 2 Silver Medal 3 Bronze Medal Location Host Team
1974 Quebec Verdun Leafs Ontario Kingston Quebec Hull Kiwanis Manitoba Oshawa, ON Ontario Oshawa Parkway
1975 Ontario Barrie Co-ops Quebec Verdun Leafs Ontario Oshawa Parkway Ontario Oshawa, ON Ontario Oshawa Parkway
1976 Alberta Calgary Spurs Ontario Toronto Nationals Saskatchewan Swift Current Legionnaires Alberta Calgary, AB Alberta Calgary Spurs
1977 Ontario Don Mills Flyers Quebec Lions du Lac St-Louis British Columbia Burnaby Winter Club New Brunswick Moncton, NB New Brunswick Moncton Flyers
1978 Quebec Couillard de Ste-Foy Ontario East Ottawa Voyageurs Ontario Toronto-Wexford Quebec Verdun, QC Quebec Verdun Leafs

Telus Cup/Air Canada Cup[edit]

Year 1 Gold Medal 2 Silver Medal 3 Bronze Medal Location Host Team (Region)
1979 Quebec Couillard de Ste-Foy Ontario St. Michael's College Buzzers Saskatchewan Notre Dame Hounds Manitoba Winnipeg, MB
1980 Saskatchewan Notre Dame Hounds Quebec Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy British Columbia North Shore Winter Club Ontario Cornwall, ON
1981 Quebec Lions du Lac St-Louis Ontario Kitchener Greenshirts Nova Scotia Antigonish Novas Nova Scotia Halifax, NS
1982 British Columbia Burnaby Winter Club Travelers Quebec Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy Nova Scotia Cape Breton Colonels
Ontario South Ottawa Warriors (tie)
British Columbia Victoria, BC
1983 Saskatchewan Regina Pat Canadians Quebec Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy Ontario Andrews Maroons Quebec Ste-Foy, QC
1984 Ontario North Bay Pine Hill Saskatchewan Notre Dame Hounds Quebec Lions du Lac St-Louis Ontario North Bay, ON Ontario North Bay Pinehill (Central)
1985 Quebec Lions du Lac St-Louis Saskatchewan Regina Pat Canadians Alberta Calgary Buffaloes Saskatchewan Regina, SK Saskatchewan Regina Pat Canadians (West)
1986 Saskatchewan Notre Dame Hounds Ontario Toronto Redwings Quebec Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy New Brunswick Moncton, NB New Brunswick Moncton Flyers (Atlantic)
1987 Quebec Riverains du Richelieu Saskatchewan Notre Dame Hounds Alberta Calgary Buffaloes Ontario Glouchester, ON Ontario Gloucester Rangers (Central)
1988 Saskatchewan Regina Pat Canadians Alberta Calgary Northstars Ontario Thunder Bay Bearcats Ontario Thunder Bay, ON Ontario Thunder Bay Bearcats (West)
1989 Alberta Calgary Buffaloes Saskatchewan Regina Pat Canadians Ontario Wexford Raiders Newfoundland and Labrador St. John's, NL Newfoundland and Labrador St. John's Capitals (Atlantic)
1990 Quebec Riverains du Richelieu Quebec Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy Saskatchewan Notre Dame Hounds Quebec Sorel, QC Quebec Riverains du Richelieu (Quebec)
1991 Alberta Calgary Northstars Alberta Sherwood Park Chain Gang Quebec Lions du Lac St-Louis Alberta Calgary, AB Alberta Calgary Northstars (Pacific)
1992 Quebec Lions du Lac St-Louis Ontario Thunder Bay Kings Nova Scotia Dartmouth Kings Nova Scotia Dartmouth, NS Nova Scotia Dartmouth Kings (Atlantic)
1993 Saskatchewan Yorkton Mallers Quebec Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy Ontario Sault Ste Marie Legion Ontario Kitchener, ON Ontario Kitchener Greenshirts (Central)
1994 Saskatchewan Regina Pat Canadians Alberta Red Deer Optimist Chiefs Quebec L'Intrepide de Gatineau Manitoba Brandon, MB Manitoba Brandon Wheat Kings (West)
1995 Ontario Thunder Bay Kings Alberta Red Deer Optimist Chiefs Quebec Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy Quebec Sherbrooke, QC Quebec Cantonniers de Magog (Quebec)
1996 Quebec Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy Ontario Thunder Bay Kings British Columbia North Kamloops Lions British Columbia Kamloops, BC British Columbia North Kamloops Lions (Pacific)
1997 Ontario Thunder Bay Kings Ontario New Liskeard Cubs Alberta Calgary Royals Nova Scotia New Glasgow, NS Nova Scotia Pictou County Weeks (Atlantic)
1998 Quebec Riverains du C.C. Lemoyne Ontario Sudbury Nickel Capitals Alberta Calgary Buffaloes Ontario Sudbury, ON Ontario Sudbury Nickel Capitals (Central)
1999 Saskatchewan Regina Pat Canadians Alberta Calgary Flames Quebec Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy Saskatchewan Prince Albert, SK Saskatchewan Prince Albert Mintos (West)
2000 Quebec Cantonniers de Magog Quebec C.F. de Montréal-Bourassa Saskatchewan Saskatoon Contacts Quebec Montréal, QC Quebec C.F. de Montréal-Bourassa (Quebec)
2001 Quebec Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy Alberta Calgary Royals Ontario Toronto Young Nationals British Columbia Prince George, BC British Columbia Prince George Cougars (Pacific)
2002 Saskatchewan Tisdale Trojans Nova Scotia Dartmouth Subways Quebec Riverains du C.C. Lemoyne New Brunswick Bathurst, NB New Brunswick Miramichi Rivermen (Atlantic)
2003 Alberta Calgary Northstars Quebec Gaulois du Collège Antoine-Girouard Newfoundland and Labrador St. John's Maple Leafs Ontario Sault Ste Marie, ON Ontario Sault Ste Marie North Stars (Central)
2004 Manitoba Brandon Wheat Kings Quebec Riverains du C.C. Lemoyne Alberta Red Deer Optimist Chiefs Ontario Kenora, ON Ontario Kenora Stars (West)
2005 Saskatchewan Saskatoon Contacts Quebec L'Intrépide de Gatineau Quebec Commandeurs de Lévis Quebec Gatineau, QC Quebec L'Intrépide de Gatineau (Quebec)
2006 Saskatchewan Prince Albert Mintos Alberta Calgary Buffaloes Quebec Patriotes de Châteauguay Prince Edward Island Charlottetown, PE Prince Edward Island Charlottetown Islanders (Atlantic)
2007 Saskatchewan Prince Albert Mintos Alberta Red Deer Optimist Rebels Quebec Le Blizzard du Séminaire St-François Alberta Red Deer, AB Alberta Red Deer Optimist Rebels (Pacific)
2008 Ontario Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves Manitoba Winnipeg Thrashers Quebec Le Blizzard du Séminaire St-François Ontario Arnprior, ON Ontario Ottawa Valley Titans (Central)
2009 Saskatchewan Notre Dame Hounds Alberta Calgary Buffaloes Quebec Rousseau Sports de Laval-Bourassa Manitoba Selkirk, MB Manitoba Winnipeg Thrashers (West)
2010 Saskatchewan Notre Dame Hounds Ontario Mississauga Reps Newfoundland and Labrador St. John's Fog Devils Quebec Lévis, QC Quebec Commandeurs de Lévis (Quebec)
2011 Manitoba Winnipeg Thrashers Ontario London Jr Knights Quebec Lac St-Louis Lions Newfoundland and Labrador St. John's, NL Newfoundland and Labrador St. John's Privateers (Atlantic)
2012 Alberta Red Deer Optimist Rebels Quebec Phénix du Collège Esther-Blondin Saskatchewan Saskatoon Contacts Alberta Leduc, AB Alberta Leduc Oil Kings (Pacific)
2013 Alberta Red Deer Chiefs Ontario Ottawa Junior 67's Quebec Rousseau Royal de Laval-Montréal Ontario Sault Ste Marie, ON Ontario Sault Ste Marie North Stars (Central)
2014 Saskatchewan Prince Albert Mintos Quebec Grenadiers de Châteauguay British Columbia Okanagan Rockets Saskatchewan Moose Jaw, SK Saskatchewan Moose Jaw Generals (West)
2015 Quebec Rivière-du-Loup, QC Quebec Albatros du Collège Notre-Dame (Quebec)
2016 New Brunswick Quispamsis, NB New Brunswick Saint John Vito (Atlantic)

National Championships by Region[edit]

Rank Region Branches 1 Gold 2 Silver 3 Bronze
1 West SHA, HM, NWO 18 6 6
2 Quebec HQ 10 12 14
3 Pacific BCAHA, HA, HN 6 9 7
4 Central OHF, ODHA 2 8 5
5 Atlantic HNB, HNS, HPEI, HNL 0 1 5

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

Award winners[edit]

See: List of Telus Cup award winners

Telus Cup Alumni[edit]

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

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hockey midget AAA: la Coupe Telus à Rivière-du-Loup en 2015" (in French). lapress.ca. October 23, 2013. Retrieved April 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Quispamsis Awarded 2016 TELUS Cup". Hockey New Brunswick. June 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Canada's National Midget Championship Officially Named the Telus Cup". Hockey Canada. October 14, 2004. Retrieved January 14, 2012.