Western Canada Cup

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The Western Canada Cup (WCC);[1][2] is the Junior A ice hockey championship for the champions of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, British Columbia Hockey League, Manitoba Junior Hockey League, and Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.[3][4] The tournament features a five-team round robin followed by playoffs, which utilize the page playoff system. The winner and runner-up from the event move on to the Royal Bank Cup, the National Junior A Championship.[5][6][7]

History[edit]

Much like the now-retired Abbott Cup, the WCC is the championship for all of Western Canada.[8] The Abbott Cup was a playdown championship consisting of a best-of-7 series played between the winners of the Doyle Cup (AJHL and BCHL) and Anavet Cup (MJHL and SJHL) to determine a single seed into the old national championship, the Centennial Cup. The Abbott Cup winner from 1971 until 1979 played the Eastern Canada Champion, the winner of the Dudley Hewitt Cup. From 1979 until 1989, the Abbott Cup winner played a round robin against the winner of the Dudley Hewitt Cup (Central Canada) and the J. Pius Callaghan Cup (Atlantic Canada). In 1989, the Abbott Cup was divided up and both the Doyle Cup and Anavet Cup winner were allowed into the Nationals. From 1995 until 2012, the format was that the Royal Bank Cup would host the winners of the Doyle Cup, Anavet Cup, Dudley Hewitt Cup, and a new Eastern Canada Championship called the Fred Page Cup.

In 2012, the leagues of the West proposed to Hockey Canada and the Canadian Junior Hockey League that the Doyle Cup and Anavet Cup be abolished and in 2013 the Western Canada Cup be created.[9] On January 16, 2012, Hockey Canada announced the tournament's creation and that the first event was held in Nanaimo, British Columbia.[10]

Plans for the new tournament were first reported by the Estevan Mercury on Oct. 19, 2011.[11] The trophy presented to the WCC Champion was unveiled March 20, 2013, and is named in honour of Crescent Point Energy as the title sponsor.[12]

2015 Tournament[edit]

The 2015 Western Canada Cup was played at the Casman Centre in Fort McMurray, Alberta from April 25 to May 3, 2015 to determine the two Western seeds for the 2015 Royal Bank Cup. The Penticton Vees and Portage Terriers finished first and second, respectively. As the Terriers are the host team for the national championship, the Melfort Mustangs were awarded the Terriers' spot by virtue of being second runner-up.[13][14]

Round Robin[edit]

x = Clinched championship round berth

WCC Round Robin
Rank Team League W-L-T GF GA Pts.
1 British Columbia x - Penticton Vees BCHL 3-1-0 22 7 6
2 Manitoba x - Portage Terriers MJHL 3-1-0 14 10 6
3 Alberta x - Fort McMurray Oil Barons Host 3-1-0 11 13 6
4 Saskatchewan x - Melfort Mustangs SJHL 1-3-0 10 15 2
5 Alberta Spruce Grove Saints AJHL 0-4-0 12 24 0

Tie Breaker: Head-to-Head, then 3-way +/-.

Results[edit]

Round Robin results
Game Away Team Score Home Team Score Notes
1 Penticton 11 Spruce Grove 3 Final
2 Portage 1 Fort McMurray 3 Final
3 Melfort 3 Portage 6 Final
4 Fort McMurray 0 Penticton 6 Final
5 Spruce Grove 3 Melfort 4 Final - OT
6 Penticton 2 Portage 3 Final
7 Spruce Grove 4 Fort McMurray 5 Final
8 Melfort 1 Penticton 3 Final
9 Portage 4 Spruce Grove 2 Final
10 Fort McMurray 3 Melfort 2 Final - OT

Schedule and results can be found on the official website. [15]

Semi and Finals[edit]

Championship Round
Game Away Team Score Home Team Score Notes
Semi-final Melfort 4 Fort McMurray 2 Final
Final Portage 3 Pentincton 4 Final - OT
Runner-Up Melfort 2 Portage 4 Final

WCC Champions[edit]

Western Canadian Champions
Year Champion Runner-Up Series/Host
2013 British Columbia Surrey Eagles Alberta Brooks Bandits British Columbia Nanaimo, British Columbia
2014 Saskatchewan Yorkton Terriers Manitoba Dauphin Kings Manitoba Dauphin, Manitoba
2015 British Columbia Penticton Vees Manitoba Portage Terriers (*) Alberta Fort McMurray, Alberta
2016 Saskatchewan Estevan, Saskatchewan
  • Portage won Runner Up Game - as Royal Bank Cup hosts - Melfort Mustangs get to advance.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.cjhlhockey.com/news/news_detail.html?newsID=392
  2. ^ http://www.bchl.ca/leagues/newsletter.cfm?clientID=1413&leagueID=2393&page=60565
  3. ^ http://www.cjhlhockey.com/news/news_detail.html?newsID=392
  4. ^ http://www.cjhlhockey.com/news/news_detail.html?newsID=392
  5. ^ http://www.cjhlhockey.com/news/news_detail.html?newsID=392
  6. ^ http://www.canada.com/sports/Page+playoff+works/6384258/story.html
  7. ^ http://www.bchl.ca/leagues/newsletter.cfm?clientID=1413&leagueID=2393&page=60848
  8. ^ http://www.cjhlhockey.com/news/news_detail.html?newsID=392
  9. ^ http://www.cjhlhockey.com/news/news_detail.html?newsID=392
  10. ^ http://www.cjhlhockey.com/news/news_detail.html?newsID=392
  11. ^ http://www.estevanmercury.ca/article/20111019/ESTMERCURY0204/111019833/-1/estmercury/sjhl-eyeing-new-western-championship
  12. ^ http://www.westerncanadacup.ca/leagues/newsletter.cfm?clientID=5534&leagueID=21739&page=69226
  13. ^ http://www.fortmcmurraytoday.com/2014/10/30/western-canada-cup-schedule-released
  14. ^ http://www.fortmcmurraytoday.com/2015/05/03/mustangs-terriers-meet-in-runner-up-game-to-close-out-western-canada-cup
  15. ^ http://www.westerncanadacup.com/view/westerncanadacup/schedule-833