2002 Air Canada Cup

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2002 Air Canada Cup
Tournament details
Dates April 22–28, 2002
Teams 6
Venue(s) K. C. Irving Regional Centre in Bathurst, NB
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Saskatchewan Tisdale Trojans
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Nova Scotia Dartmouth Subways
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Newfoundland and Labrador St. John's Maple Leafs
Tournament statistics
Scoring leader(s) Nova Scotia Sidney Crosby (11G 13A 24P)
MVP Nova Scotia Sidney Crosby

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.[1] 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.[2][3] 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.


Result Team Region City
1st, gold medalist(s) Saskatchewan Tisdale Trojans West Tisdale, SK
2nd, silver medalist(s) Nova Scotia Dartmouth Subways Atlantic Dartmouth, NS
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Quebec Riverains du Collège Charles-Lemoyne Quebec Sainte-Catherine, QC
4 Alberta Red Deer Chiefs Pacific Red Deer, AB
5 Ontario Timmins Majors Central Timmins, ON
6 New Brunswick Miramichi Rivermen Host Miramichi, NB

Round Robin[edit]


Rank Team W-L-T GF GA PTS
1 Alberta Red Deer Chiefs 4-1-0 31 20 8
2 Quebec Riverains du Collège Charles-Lemoyne 3-1-1 28 13 7
3 Saskatchewan Tisdale Trojans 3-2-0 16 13 6
4 Nova Scotia Dartmouth Subways 2-2-1 23 22 5
5 Ontario Timmins Majors 2-3-0 19 27 4
6 New Brunswick Miramichi Rivermen 0-5-0 12 36 0




  • Dartmouth 5 - Red Deer 4
  • Tisdale 4 - Collège Charles-Lemoyne 1

Bronze Medal Game[edit]

  • Collège Charles-Lemoyne 6 - Red Deer 4

Gold Medal Game[edit]

  • Tisdale 6 - Dartmouth 2

Individual Awards[edit]

  • Most Valuable Player: Nova Scotia Sidney Crosby (Dartmouth)
  • Top Scorer: Nova Scotia Sidney Crosby (Dartmouth)
  • Top Forward: Quebec Olivier Latendresse (Collège Charles-Lemoyne)
  • Top Defenceman: Saskatchewan Shaun Heshka (Tisdale)
  • Top Goaltender: Quebec François Thuot (Collège Charles-Lemoyne)
  • Most Sportsmanlike Player: Nova Scotia Andrew Gordon (Dartmouth)

Regional Playdowns[edit]

Atlantic Region[edit]

  • 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.[1]


  • The Riverains du Collège Charles-Lemoyne advanced by capturing the Quebec Midget AAA League title.[1]

Central Region[edit]

West Region[edit]

Pacific Region[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "News Release #NR.017". Hockey Canada. March 20, 2006. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ Jones, Terry (2007-01-17). "It takes a village to raise a phenom". Edmonton Sun. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  3. ^ "News Release Tel.003". Hockey Canada. April 6, 2006. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 

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