2002 Air Canada Cup
|Dates||April 22–28, 2002|
|Venue(s)||K. C. Irving Regional Centre in Bathurst, NB|
|Third place||St. John's Maple Leafs|
|Scoring leader(s)||Sidney Crosby (11G 13A 24P)|
The 2002 Air Canada Cup was Canada's 24th annual national midget 'AAA' hockey championship, played April 22–28, 2002 at the K. C. Irving Regional Centre in Bathurst, New Brunswick. The Tisdale Trojans from Saskatchewan defeated the Dartmouth Subways from Nova Scotia 6-2 in the gold medal game to win the national title.
This season's Air Canada Cup gained extra attention from media and hockey scouts as 14-year-old prodigy Sidney Crosby competed as a member of the Subways and led them to a berth in the championship game, the first (and still only) time that a team from Atlantic Canada has ever advanced to the gold medal game at the national midget championship. Crosby led the round robin in scoring with 18 points in five games and was named the Most Valuable Player. Other notable players competing at the 2002 Air Canada Cup were Olivier Latendresse, Guillaume Latendresse, Andrew Gordon, Shaun Heshka, Tyson Strachan, Jay Rosehill, and Torrey Mitchell.
|Tisdale Trojans||West||Tisdale, SK|
|Dartmouth Subways||Atlantic||Dartmouth, NS|
|Riverains du Collège Charles-Lemoyne||Quebec||Sainte-Catherine, QC|
|4||Red Deer Chiefs||Pacific||Red Deer, AB|
|5||Timmins Majors||Central||Timmins, ON|
|6||Miramichi Rivermen||Host||Miramichi, NB|
|1||Red Deer Chiefs||4-1-0||31||20||8|
|2||Riverains du Collège Charles-Lemoyne||3-1-1||28||13||7|
- Dartmouth 5 - Red Deer 4
- Tisdale 4 - Collège Charles-Lemoyne 1
Bronze Medal Game
- Collège Charles-Lemoyne 6 - Red Deer 4
Gold Medal Game
- Tisdale 6 - Dartmouth 2
- Most Valuable Player: Sidney Crosby (Dartmouth)
- Top Scorer: Sidney Crosby (Dartmouth)
- Top Forward: Olivier Latendresse (Collège Charles-Lemoyne)
- Top Defenceman: Shaun Heshka (Tisdale)
- Top Goaltender: François Thuot (Collège Charles-Lemoyne)
- Most Sportsmanlike Player: Andrew Gordon (Dartmouth)
- The Dartmouth Subways advanced by winning their regional tournament, which was played April 3–7, 2002 at the Community Gardens Arena Complex in Kensington, Prince Edward Island.
- The Riverains du Collège Charles-Lemoyne advanced by capturing the Quebec Midget AAA League title.
- The Timmins Majors advanced by winning their regional tournament, which was played April 2–7, 2002 at the McIntyre Community Building in Timmins, Ontario.
- The Tisdale Trojans advanced by winning their regional tournament, which was played April 3–7, 2002 at the T.G. Smith Centre in Steinbach, Manitoba.
- The Red Deer Chiefs advanced by winning their regional tournament, which was played April 3–7, 2002 in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.