Don Johnson Memorial Cup

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The Don Johnson Memorial Cup, formerly Don Johnson Cup, is the Junior B ice hockey championship for Atlantic Canada, including Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island as of 2014.

From 1982 until 1990 and 1997 until 2013, the Don Johnson Cup was emblematic of the Junior B championship of the Atlantic Provinces of Canada -- Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island.

The cup is named in honour of Don Johnson, a sports enthusiast who dedicated his efforts to the growth of hockey in Atlantic Canada. Johnson, who died in 2012, awarded the first ever Don Johnson Cup in 1982 to his own son, a player for the St. John's Jr. Celtics.

There is no National Championship for Junior B hockey in Canada, similar championships are held in Southern Ontario (Sutherland Cup), Eastern Ontario (Barkley Cup), Quebec (Coupe Dodge), and Western Canada (Keystone Cup)—leaving five teams at the end of each year with a shared claim to being the best Junior B team in Canada.

History[edit]

In the 1980s, Newfoundland and Labrador teams dominated the early tournaments. NL teams won 5 of the first 7 Don Johnson Cups. In 1990, the tournament was retired, only to be resurrected a few years later.

Since 2002, the Don Johnson Cup has been dominated by teams from Nova Scotia. From 2003 until 2008, the teams of the NSJHL have won 6 consecutive Atlantic titles. The streak was broken in 2009 as St. John's of Newfoundland and Labrador eliminated all hopes of a seventh straight Nova Scotia crown. Going into the semi-final round of the Don Johnson Cup, the three NL teams present were 0-6 against PEI's Sherwood Falcons and NS's Cumberland County Cool Blues. In the semi-final, the third seeded St. John's Caps of the St. John's Junior Hockey League upset the second seeded Cumberland County 6-5. The Caps advanced to the final to play the Falcons and upset them 3-2 in overtime to win Newfoundland and Labrador's first Atlantic Jr. B championship in 21 years.

With the passing of Don Johnson, starting with the 2013 tournament, the trophy was renamed the "Don Johnson Memorial Cup".

On April 22, 2014, the Casselman Vikings of the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League played in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia and became the first non-Atlantic Canada team to compete at the event. The Vikings would defeat the Fredericton Jr. Caps 6-1 in their debut. The 2014 tournament would also mark the tournament being rebranded from the Atlantic Junior B Championships to the Eastern Canadian Junior B Championships. The Vikings would sweep the event with six wins and no losses. The rebranding did not last long. The 2015 championship was slated to take place in Arnprior, Ontario, the first to take place outside of Atlantic Canada, but since it has been re-awarded to Tyne Valley, Prince Edward Island and there is no sign of an Ontario presence at the event.

2017 Tournament[edit]

Played in Fredericton, New Brunswick, hosted by the Fredricton Jr. Caps.

Don Johnson Cup Round Robin
Rank Team League W-OTW-L-OTL GF GA
1 New Brunswick Cap-Pele Predators NBJBHL 3-1-0-0 22 14
2 New Brunswick Fredericton Jr. Caps Host 2-0-2-0 9 12
3 Newfoundland and Labrador Southern Shore Breakers SJJHL 2-0-2-0 23 21
4 Prince Edward Island Western Red Wings IJHL 1-0-1-2 20 20
5 Nova Scotia Pictou County Scotians NSJHL 0-1-3-0 12 19

Round Robin[edit]

Round Robin
Game Away Score Home Score
April 25, 2017
1 Cap-Pele Predators 4 Fredericton Jr. Caps 2
April 26, 2017
2 Southern Shore Breakers 8 Western Red Wings 7
3 Cap-Pele Predators 6 Pictou County Scotians 2
4 Western Red Wings 5 Fredericton Jr. Caps 2
April 27, 2017
5 Pictou County Scotians 5 Southern Shore Breakers 8
6 Western Red Wings 5 Cap-Pele Predators 6 OT
7 Fredericton Jr. Caps 3 Southern Shore Breakers 2
April 28, 2017
8 Western Red Wings 3 Pictou County Scotians 4 OT
9 Southern Shore Breakers 5 Cap-Pele Predators 6
10 Fredericton Jr. Caps 2 Pictou County Scotians 1

Championship Round[edit]

Championship Round
Game Away Score Home Score
April 29, 2017
Semi Final #1 Southern Shore Breakers 3 Fredericton Jr. Caps 7
Semi Final #2 Western Red Wings 1 Cap-Pele Predators 4
April 30, 2017
Final Fredericton Jr. Caps 2 Cap-Pele Predators 3

2017 Roll of Champions[edit]

Regional Champions

Champions[edit]

Don Johnson Memorial Cup Champions
Year Champions Runners-Up Host City
1982 Newfoundland and Labrador St. John's Jr. Celtics Prince Edward Island Kensington Bombers Prince Edward Island Kensington, Prince Edward Island
1983 Nova Scotia Antigonish Bulldogs New Brunswick Saint John Beavers New Brunswick Saint John, New Brunswick
1984 Nova Scotia Antigonish Bulldogs Newfoundland and Labrador St. John's Jr. 50's Newfoundland and Labrador St John's, NL
1985 Newfoundland and Labrador St. John's Jr. 50's Nova Scotia Antigonish Bulldogs Nova Scotia Antigonish, Nova Scotia
1986 Newfoundland and Labrador Mount Pearl Jr. Blades Prince Edward Island Kensington, Prince Edward Island
1987 Newfoundland and Labrador St. John's Jr. 50's Nova Scotia Windsor Valley Jets New Brunswick Fredericton, New Brunswick
1988 Newfoundland and Labrador St. John's Jr. 50's
1989 Nova Scotia Sydney Millionaires
1990 Nova Scotia St. Margaret's Bay Mariners
No Competition from 1991 until 1996.
1997 Nova Scotia Cape Breton Alpines Nova Scotia Windsor Royals Nova Scotia New Waterford, Nova Scotia
1998 Nova Scotia Windsor Royals New Brunswick Richibucto Bears Prince Edward Island Summerside, Prince Edward Island
1999 New Brunswick Richibucto Bears Newfoundland and Labrador Bell Island Jr. Blues Newfoundland and Labrador Bell Island, NL
2000 New Brunswick Woodstock Slammers Nova Scotia Cape Breton Alpines New Brunswick Woodstock, New Brunswick
2001 Nova Scotia Windsor Royals Nova Scotia Strait Pirates Nova Scotia Windsor, Nova Scotia
2002 Prince Edward Island O'Leary Eagles Nova Scotia Strait Pirates Prince Edward Island O'Leary, Prince Edward Island
2003 Nova Scotia Sackville Blazers Newfoundland and Labrador Mount Pearl Jr. Blades Newfoundland and Labrador Mount Pearl, NL
2004 Nova Scotia Sackville Blazers Prince Edward Island Kensington Vipers Nova Scotia Antigonish, Nova Scotia
2005 Nova Scotia Sackville Blazers Nova Scotia Strait Pirates Nova Scotia Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia
2006 Nova Scotia Bay Ducks Nova Scotia Antigonish Bulldogs Prince Edward Island Kensington, Prince Edward Island
2007 Nova Scotia East Hants Penguins Nova Scotia Cumberland County Blues Nova Scotia Springhill, Nova Scotia
2008 Nova Scotia Windsor Royals Prince Edward Island Sherwood Falcons Prince Edward Island Sherwood, Prince Edward Island
2009 Newfoundland and Labrador St. John's Jr. Caps Prince Edward Island Sherwood Falcons Newfoundland and Labrador Bay Roberts, NL
2010 Nova Scotia Cumberland County Blues Nova Scotia Bay Ducks Nova Scotia St. Margaret's Bay, Nova Scotia
2011 Prince Edward Island Kensington Vipers Prince Edward Island Montague Maniacs Prince Edward Island Montague, Prince Edward Island
2012 New Brunswick Moncton Jr. Vito's Nova Scotia East Hants Penguins Newfoundland and Labrador St. John's, NL
2013 Prince Edward Island Kensington Vipers Nova Scotia Sackville Blazers New Brunswick Moncton, New Brunswick
2014 Ontario Casselman Vikings Nova Scotia Sackville Blazers Nova Scotia Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia
2015 New Brunswick Moncton Jr. Vito's Nova Scotia Glace Bay Jr. Miners Prince Edward Island Abrams Village, Prince Edward Island
2016 Nova Scotia Valley Maple Leafs Newfoundland and Labrador Avalon Jr. Capitals Newfoundland and Labrador Conception Bay, NL
2017 New Brunswick Cap-Pele Predators New Brunswick Fredericton Jr. Caps New Brunswick Fredericton, NB

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