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 five of the first seven 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 six 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 originally slated to take place in Arnprior, Ontario, the first to take place outside of Atlantic Canada. It was instead moved to Tyne Valley, Prince Edward Island with no Eastern Ontario team taking part.

2019 Roll of Champions[edit]

Regional Champions

2019 Don Johnson Memorial Cup[edit]

2019 Don Johnson Cup Round Robin
Rank Team League W-OTW-L-OTL GF GA
1 Kensington Vipers Host 0-0-0-0 - -
2 Western Red Wings IJHL 0-0-0-0 - -
3 CBR Jr. Renegades SJJHL 0-0-0-0 - -
4 Sackville Blazers NSJHL 0-0-0-0 - -
5 Moncton Vito's NBJBHL 0-0-0-0 - -

2019 Round Robin[edit]

Round Robin
Game Away Score Home Score
April 23, 2019
1 Western Red Wings 5 Kensington Vipers 3
April 24, 2019
2 Sackville Blazers 4 CBR Renegades 2
3 Moncton Vito’s Western Red Wings
4 Kensington Vipers CBR Renegades
April 25, 2019
5 Moncton Vito’s Sackville Blazers
6 CBR Renegades Western Red Wings
7 Sackville Blazers Kensington Vipers
April 26, 2019
8 CBR Renegades Moncton Vito's
9 Western Red Wings Sackville Blazers
10 Kensington Vipers Moncton Vito’s

Championship Round[edit]

Championship Round
Game Away Score Home Score
April 27, 2019
Semi Final #1 Kensington Vipers 6 Moncton Vito's 3
Semi Final #2 Sackville Blazers 0 Western Red Wings 1 (OT)
April 28, 2019
Final Kensington Vipers 3 Western Red Wings 4 (OT)

Champions[edit]

Don Johnson Memorial Cup Champions
Year Champions Runners-Up Host City
1982 St. John's Jr. Celtics Kensington Bombers Kensington, Prince Edward Island
1983 Antigonish Bulldogs Saint John Beavers Saint John, New Brunswick
1984 Antigonish Bulldogs St. John's Jr. 50's St John's, NL
1985 St. John's Jr. 50's Antigonish Bulldogs Antigonish, Nova Scotia
1986 Mount Pearl Jr. Blades Kensington, Prince Edward Island
1987 St. John's Jr. 50's Windsor Valley Jets Fredericton, New Brunswick
1988 St. John's Jr. 50's
1989 Sydney Millionaires
1990 St. Margaret's Bay Mariners
No Competition from 1991 until 1996.
1997 Cape Breton Alpines Windsor Royals New Waterford, Nova Scotia
1998 Windsor Royals Richibucto Bears Summerside, Prince Edward Island
1999 Richibucto Bears Bell Island Jr. Blues Bell Island, NL
2000 Woodstock Slammers Cape Breton Alpines Woodstock, New Brunswick
2001 Windsor Royals Strait Pirates Windsor, Nova Scotia
2002 O'Leary Eagles Strait Pirates O'Leary, Prince Edward Island
2003 Sackville Blazers Mount Pearl Jr. Blades Mount Pearl, NL
2004 Sackville Blazers Kensington Vipers Antigonish, Nova Scotia
2005 Sackville Blazers Strait Pirates Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia
2006 Bay Ducks Antigonish Bulldogs Kensington, Prince Edward Island
2007 East Hants Penguins Cumberland County Blues Springhill, Nova Scotia
2008 Windsor Royals Sherwood Falcons Sherwood, Prince Edward Island
2009 St. John's Jr. Caps Sherwood Falcons Bay Roberts, NL
2010 Cumberland County Blues Bay Ducks St. Margaret's Bay, Nova Scotia
2011 Kensington Vipers Montague Maniacs Montague, Prince Edward Island
2012 Moncton Jr. Vito's East Hants Penguins St. John's, NL
2013 Kensington Vipers Sackville Blazers Moncton, New Brunswick
2014 Casselman Vikings Sackville Blazers Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia
2015 Moncton Jr. Vito's Glace Bay Jr. Miners Abrams Village, Prince Edward Island
2016 Valley Maple Leafs Avalon Jr. Capitals Conception Bay, NL
2017 Cap-Pele Predators Fredericton Jr. Caps Fredericton, NB
2018 Kameron Jr. Miners Mount Pearl Jr. Blades Membertou, NS
2019 Western Red Wings Kensington Vipers Kensington, Prince Edward Island

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